Secrets Of Choosing A Flattering Purse, by Nancy Goldblatt, The Wardrobe Wizard, revised © 2012
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Here are four tips for choosing a purse that will flatter you. You will need to consider color, scale, shape and where the purse sits on your body.
- Because our eyes automatically search for colors to be repeated, when you carry a purse that repeats one of your natural body colors (hair, skin or eyes) you will look visually pleasing and be able to wear this purse with everything you own. (Best choice is hair color if your skin is light and skin color, if your skin is dark)
- 2. Here is a way to determine a good size purse that will be in proportion to your body. Spread your fingers apart with your thumbs touching and measure horizontally from little finger to little finger. This measurement is the widest or tallest your purse should be to be in proportion to your body. You can also measure your hand from your wrist crease to the end of your longest finger. This could be the depth, height or width of your purse. (If your hands are in proportion to your body these suggestions will work for you.)
- 3. If you can adjust strap length, adjust your purse to end at a place on your body that is the narrowest. For example if you carry your weight in the lower half of your body, and have a defined waistline, shorten the straps so your purse stops at your waist. If you are top heavy, lengthen straps so your purse stops at your lower hip or thigh. (If your strap is not adjustable, take it to a shoe repair store, have the strap cut and resewn to the correct length)
- 4. A purse that has some softness and some straightness is best for most bodies. If you have a very angular (straight body) and angular face, you can choose a purse with sharp angles. If you have a curvy body ( with very obvious waist definition and a more curved or round face then you can wear a purse that is more soft and curved. See purse examples below :
Recent purse trends include super sized handbags, clutch bags, vintage, brightly colored and metallic bags. If you are petite, a very large handbag may dwarf you and if you are a plus size an over sized bag may emphasize parts you don’t want emphasized.
If you do choose a brightly colored purse, try to repeat the color in your outfit at least once or twice. This repetition of color can be done with a scarf, shoes, or belt. As stated previously our eyes unconsciously search for repetition of color and this will help you to look more pulled together.
Nancy Goldblatt is available to work with you no matter where you live. If you live in Baltimore, Md or surrounding areas she can work with you in person. If you live other places, she can work with you on-line using digital pictures.
Nancy Goldblatt, “The Wardrobe Wizard,” is a “Color 1,” Personal Image Consultant who specializes in working with mid-life women whose size and shape has changed and who have too many clothes and “nothing to wear.”
After a woman works with “The Wardrobe Wizard,”she will have a wallet of her best colors and styles, and a pared down closet. She will learn how to mix and match her best looks so she can get dressed “lickety split,” and look great everyday.
“The Wardrobe Wizard,” also works with younger women and is available to work with men. She was trained by Joanna Nicholson, founder of Color 1 Associates, an International Image & Style Company.
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