To college. In office. For a party or maybe shopping. Whatever you might be doing it’s the handbag that speaks a lot about your style. Today, handbags and purses are pulsating with pizzazz. From being ‘just a bag’ to lug your essentials, handbags have evolved into becoming a style statement.
Women now purchase bags the way they buy outfits. They go up to the extent of developing a bag wardrobe with bags for all occasions! And why not when the outlets spoil you for choice with the ever increasing styles and designs of bags. From designer to funky, from utility to trendy, you can find the perfect one for you with a little bit of scouting here and there.
The dominant mood this season is the right mix of something old with something new. Set in the context of today’s time, shoulder bags rule supreme. They liberate the hands and are capacious enough for the practical needs of working women. This season, a range of new materials like nylon-coated fabrics, rubberised cotton, water-proof leather, moulded plastics and sophisticated fastenings have led to a greater flexibility and adjustment as the things put in the handbags have radically changed from hand fans to cell phones and laptop computers.
One can find sporty versions for day and glitzy, metallic versions for evening.
The trendier ones
The beaded and print handbags, in distinctive shapes and fun colours, are the latest rage with the young crowd. Popular with the college goers, the ‘jhola’ (long and large shoulder bag with long straps often worn across the body), has emerged funkier than ever before.
Handbags and purses made out of textured leathers never go out of fashion. Crocodile and alligator leathers feature strongly in the classic style handbags, crafted for the working women. Whereas, coloured fashion handbags from mauves to reds are chic statements for the casually dressed ladies.
Evening bags have re-appeared to stay...indicated in small shapes and luxurious material varying from embroidered silks, fine leathers to moulded cellulose. Matching the glamour portrayed in garments, bags too take on a shine. Choose from the variety of stylish clutch (pouch) and hobo bags (which fit right under your arms) that are just enough to condense all the essentials.
This shimmering galaxy could be sourced from Panda Travel Mart or Panda Lifestyle, the Reliance Footprints outlet at Master Canteen Square or the Pantaloons. These stores are offering innovative ideas on classy day bags, evening bags highly decorated with jewelled metal mounts and ornate metal chains set with beads and even something for the adventurous ones. Soft-rimmed brocades, white satin with silver filigree rim, crystals and rhinestone crusts form a part of this glamorous narration. Brands vary from the Fast Track, ivy, Pattini, Scoop Street, Reliance, Miss Bennet, Lino Perros, Kara, Lavie, Baggit, Hidesign, and the likes.