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Well, first of all, this is NOT my challenge (c’mon people, I switch my handbag almost every day!). But someone I know asked about this the other day and it got me thinking: what constitutes the perfect neutral handbag? I have a few ideas:
- First of all, there isn’t a single perfect bag of any kind. Each of us has our own needs and desires based on how we live, how we dress, and what we carry around. For example, whatever I buy has to have handles I can fit over my shoulder but I also want crossbody features – and that’s only one characteristic I seek. So the first step in picking a bag is knowing YOUR non-negotiable requirements.
- Probably the most universal neutral hues are black, brown, gray and beige. But remember that other unconventional neutrals are out there. First, leopard or animal print can act as a great, chic universal choice, as can a multicolored snakeskin print or even faux fur. Don’t forget about a tweedy wool-like fabric or a bag that combines two neutrals – black and brown or black and gray, for example.
- Don’t confuse the word neutral with the word bland. Always look for a bag you can fall in love with, not just the most practical one. BTW, backpacks are a great and versatile solution these days: practical as all get out, but as easily slung over the shoulder as strapped to the back, and available in some very cute fabrications.
- Don’t forget to include eBay, Poshmark and The RealReal in your search. Pre-owned luxury bags sold by women who used them a few times – what’s not to love?
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