Women’s purses have been a constant source of awe; what do you keep in there and why? Furthering the intrigue is the number of bags a woman carries…is more, more? There are reasons for purses. There’s work, special occasions, impulse buys and then the occasional pity purchase (it made me feel better). Perhaps because of all the mystery that is the woman’s purse, discussing it may provide a special glimpse into that woman’s personality. Why do we carry the purses we do? What purse you choose makes an impact, so we’ll explore the number of purses we carry and why. Finally, we will explore career women, and the purses/bags we carry…purses we purchase make an impression. What we put in them will always be a mystery…I won’t spoil that.
According to a 2011 Glamour Magazine article, the average woman owns seven purses. I own more than 20, so I’m tipping the scale. I can give you an honest and true reason why I purchased each one. We all can, and there is usually an emotional explanation for those of us who have more than the average:
When purchasing a new purse, there are many considerations. The very first is, “Do I need this purse?” If you own ten black purses, do you really need an eleventh? Take inventory. What do you currently own? There is nothing worse than having two of the same.
In life as in corporate, we definitely need multiple purses. Keep in mind the following rules of thumb:
Whichever bag you choose, it’s important that it be polished, neat and presentable. Some things to consider:
If you find yourself carrying more than two bags or purses, you might consider how you might consolidate:
A quality purchase will last longer and project a better image to your bosses, peers and interviewers. For high-level professionals, or those with the same aspirations, there is no substitute for high quality leather. Whatever your career path, assess your budget, and determine what you can afford and choose accordingly, keeping in mind the image you’d like to present.
These tips should help you solve the mystery of “why so many purses?” there is method to the madness. May it help you navigate your purse selections…consider it in the bag!