Accessorize your accessories- Part I Handbags

My grandmother had quite a purse selection and she would change her bags to match her shoes especially when she was going out.   Not many women change their bags to match their shoes now-a-days. Most women have a few bags and often have what is called their “every day” bag.  But what happens when your every day bag starts to get a little boring? There are ways to  add style and fun – accessorize your handbag.

  1. The scarf
This Oscar de la Renta scarf matches perfectly with this Pour la Victoire overize bag. A match made in accessory heaven.

This Oscar de la Renta scarf matches perfectly with this Pour la Victoire oversize bag. A match made in accessory heaven.

The scarf is a very versatile accessory.  A cute brightly colored scarf can jazz up an every day bag and pull an outfit together.  The colors in the scarf can pull in the shoes or the earrings or even a head band to make your total look cohesive. A cute scarf tied on one or both of the straps can be very eye catching. Also, for handbags that have very darkly patina handles, wrapping them with a scarf is a great way to hide the darkened handles.

Many times leather handles darken because of the oils in the hands. Use a scarf to mask this little problem.

Many times leather handles darken because of the oils in the hands. Use a scarf to mask this little problem.

I heard a sales woman at the Louis Vuitton on 5th Ave explaining how scarves are a great way of protecting the handles. We needn’t pay hundreds of dollars for the scarf though. You can find great scarves at places like Target, Macy’s and of course your local thrift store where they are often sold in a bundle for a few bucks.

Wind all the way to the edge or let a little remain like you see here

Wind all the way to the edge or let a little remain like you see here

A word of caution with accessorizing your bag with a scarf, however.  The scarf must be proportional.  Don’t overwhelm a small bag with a large scarf or a large bag with a small scarf. The former gets lost, and the latter just looks silly.  See below the wrong and right size (unless oversize if what you’re going for…)

 

 

Wrong. This scarf is too large and it overwhelms the bag.

Wrong. This scarf is too large and it overwhelms the bag.

 

Just right.

Just right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Puff Accessory

Fendi’s Monster purse accessories costs over $800.  Some versions top $1000, but a furry little puff of color doesn’t have to break the bank. Along 125th in Harlem for example these little key chain puffs can be bought for $2 and the larger ones for $4.  It’s about adding a little extra pizzazz – color and fun.

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3. The Bling

These little keychains are great for adding sparkle.IMG_3515 They catch the sun and literally shine bright like a diamond. The charms just demonstrate that you are a girly girl who likes girly things.  I know this is not for everyone, but it’s a nice option for adding a little fun to an everyday bag.

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Many of you having a bag is good enough, accessorizing your handbag on occasion, however, is just fun and after all, fashion is about having fun.

 





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