Features of handbag etiquette: 7 rules of a real lady
We wear it beautifully No matter what fashion shouts at us, ladies carry massive bags in their hands. There is no need to swing it when walking, so be sure to watch the position of your hands as you walk. Bad manners - taking up space with your bag on public transport or in a cafe. Therefore, never make such mistakes. The handbag should be in your left hand. Leave your right hand free for shaking hands or other actions. As for a clutch or minaudiere, under no circumstances wear them under your arm. It doesn’t look very nice, but what an impression it makes! It is advisable to hold the clutch with both hands, and when bending over, be sure to cover your décolleté area with it. When choosing a cross-body or shoulder model, try to fix it at the level from the waist to the hip. If you lower it lower, you will only make the image heavier, and it will not look stylish. Therefore, shorten the strap or chain if possible. Whatever bags are in fashion in 2022-2023, remember that there are “age” bags that will make you look older and ultra-youth bags that will make you look ridiculous when you are over 35 years old. Be sure to take this into account when thinking about your going out look. Remember 7 basic rules Now let's move on to the rules of etiquette. They are always worth remembering, especially since they are easy to use. 1. Remember the dress code. If you work in an office, then walking around with a clutch or a miniature handbag will be inappropriate. This will give the impression of frivolity, and office work implies rigor and formality. Therefore, choose frame models of medium or large sizes and laconic shapes. Messenger bags, totes, trapeze bags, mini suitcases, folder bags, etc. are suitable. For cocktail and evening events, on the contrary, take a small bag so that it fits the minimum necessary things. 2. Maintain boundaries. Do not stuff your accessory with different things so that the zipper on it is difficult to close. It looks terrible, and the handbag can come apart at the seams (especially soft frameless models). Did you go to the store, buy some groceries and decide to fit it in your bag? Never do this! Spend your money on a special package, because that's what it's for. Don’t try to stuff your outerwear into your bag either. Leave it in your hand. Strictly monitor what items are in your purse. Sample list: telephone; wallet (cardholder); keys; comb; mirror; wet wipes; pocket breath freshener; headphones. It can be supplemented with other things, the main thing is that it all does not take up more than half the space in your accessory. Therefore, before buying a bag, proceed from the list of things that you carry with you. Check the product for the presence of all necessary compartments. 3. Carry closed. If you do not have a shopper or a beach bag with no clasps and zippers, then carry the bag closed. These are basic tips for preserving contents. In addition, bags with an unzipped zipper look careless and spoil the impression of you. People may think that you are forgetful or clumsy, with absolutely no attention to detail. And if in certain cases we don’t care what people think about us, then when interviewing or negotiating with partners, their thoughts will lead to results that are undesirable for you. 4. Do not sort through contents in a public place. The culture of behavior in public places does not allow this. Never open your purse and start rummaging through its contents in a public place, leaving everything you find around. This will confuse your surroundings and your bag may contain intimate items such as pads, tampons or a package of condoms. If you want to find something, do it inside your accessory. And of course, don’t store half the house in your purses so that everything is easy to find! 5. Do not give the bag to your companion. It is considered bad manners if your man carries your purse instead of you. If your load is so heavy, then it is worth putting a significant part of your things into a bag or backpack so that a gentleman can help you. Therefore, do not put heavy objects in your accessories. As already mentioned, your arm should not get tired under the weight of your tote or shoulder bag. Take only necessary things with you. 6. Follow the rule of wearing on the elbow. Etiquette does not prohibit a woman from carrying a bag on her elbow. Moreover, it looks elegant when worn correctly. If you are a fan of this method of wearing, then your palm should always be directed upward, but in no case downward. 7. Leave your bag on the floor in cafes and restaurants. The bag should not take up space on a table or on an empty seat. Therefore, it is appropriate to place it on the floor next to you. Clutches, miniatures or minaudières can be placed on your knees or behind your back. Otherwise, feel free to place your purse on the floor. Let's summarize “Fashion is not about labels or brands. Fashion is something that is hidden deep in your soul.” Vivienne Westwood As the British fashion designer correctly noted, fashion is you. The way you present yourself The way you demonstrate your good manners and knowledge of etiquette, the way you show your inner qualities, is how others will see you and your image. So don't focus only on trends and beauty. Try to act confidently and naturally, following the simple rules of etiquette of a real lady. Then you will fall in love with yourself at first sight!