Fashion, Lifestyle

Bagology 101

What does your handbag say about you?People always say that your clothing is a reflection of your personality but have you ever wondered what your handbag is saying? If so, you’re not the first. In 1945, Anita Daniel published an article in the New York Times addressing the science (yes, science) of bagology. According to the article, a woman’s handbag is of extreme importance. It’s the key to her real self; the prosaic answer to many poetic conceptions. Deep stuff, right?

So get out a notebook and a number two pencil. It’s time for a little Bagology 101:

Backpack – The backpack-carrier says to the world that she is a practical and genuine person. She is always prepared and not concerned with what others think of her.

Clutch – A woman with a clutch is confident in who she is. She doesn’t feel the need to carry her entire life with her and isn’t afraid to ask a companion to hold any belongings that won’t fit in her clutch.

Under the Arm- The woman who carries her handbag under her arm is seen as the definition of sophistication and class.

Oversized  / Tote – Carrying an oversized or tote bag says that you’re a busy bee but also practical and prepared. Those with an oversized/tote are seen as fun-loving and personable.

Fabrics and Frills – It’s not just the style of bag you carry but also its distinguishing features that speak about your personality. Knit bags give off a warm and artsy vibe, whereas metal accessories signal someone with a rebellious streak. Sequins and sparkles are generally worn by those who like to be the center of attention whereas neutral colored bags say that you’re friendly and approachable.

Now that you’ve taken the course, it’s time for a pop quiz… Do you agree with these bagology diagnoses? What do you think your handbag says about you?


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  • Reply Chima Nwokoro June 26, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Fully agree that your clothing and accessories are a reflection of your personality. Great article. Straight to the point. I like the ‘under the arm’ option. It’s all about sophistication. lol

    • Reply Beth June 29, 2010 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Chima. Isn’t it great how certain accessories can still give off the same impression over sixty years later?

  • Reply Elizabeth Peterson June 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Love handbags…I always say they’re toys for grownups. You can change one off every day. A backpack, a hobo, a satchel. Boy, have I got them all. I also used to sell bags in a high end store, and almost needed an intervention! I’m loving this site, and will be here for awhile. Darling article, and I’m waiting for more.

    • Reply Beth June 29, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Elizabeth, I’m glad you like the site! And trust me when I say you’re not alone with your handbag obsession!

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