I firmly believe Handbags help to boost a woman’s confidence and also give a glimpse into her personality. There are several proven ways that show carrying expensive ‘handbag’ boosts confidence. So, if you are an aspiring businesswoman or a career woman who wants to look attractive & be confident too, then read on. I will not only explain how handbags help build confidence but also ‘how to carry/hold the handbag’? Let’s dive in.
Difference between a ‘purse’ and a ‘Handbag’
Before we go any further I want to explain the difference. In England, a purse is a small bag for holding coins. Nowadays purses are fashionable & have straps.
In the USA the term ‘purses & handbags’ are interchangeable.
Both purses & handbags hold items like cash, cards, keys, iPhones.
Why are handbags important?
Functional: Women and some men use handbags to keep their money, cards, makeup, and at times iPad. Otherwise, it will be an unsightly juggle!
Personal Statement: Movie stars, influencers & even the Queen usually uses a handbag to make a personal statement -the size, the color, the brand & don’t forget the price.
Self-expression: A handbag allows the woman to express herself beautifully. For eg-I have a Mitch Handbag that I use only when I attend Church or a political gathering!
Fashion accessory: Handbags add to the aura of the woman just as her shoes do. Like a pearl necklace can uplift a black dress- a well-made handbag can add to the outfit.
Status symbol: Handbags reflect the social status more than anything a woman wears & that’s the reason there is a billion $$ industry in fakes.
“Bags are so important…they say something about you and are the surest way for someone to know how much you paid. Obvious is key!”Susan Engle, CEO of Portera.com
Handbags help to build Confidence- Books.
Several books reiterate my belief that handbags help to build confidence.
How Handbags Boost Self -esteem?
Just imagine you rush in a Board room all well made up but are carrying a cheap Tote (nothing wrong with a Tote but not the right place).
Or you join a new Fortune 500 company & show up with a backpack! Trust me -you’ll be judged.
You invested in good clothes, fragrances, shoes so why not in a good handbag. It will instantly make you appear confident.
But let me tell you it’s not only about the ‘type’ of handbag you carry but how you carry that’ll make or break you. Read on.
How to Carry a Handbag?
The Nook: The most popular position to hold a handbag especially if it isn’t heavy. It projects confidence as it is not covering up the body.
The Queen usually carries it like this.
The Tuck: Many a celebrity would be seen using this ‘tuck’ as they want to appear relaxed and unconcerned with their appearance.
The Dangle: This is probably not the best way to carry a handbag as it signals confusion & self-doubt. Try to avoid it if possible.
The Shoulder: This is the best way to carry a handbag to project confidence. As the woman isn’t shielding her body with her handbag she appears extremely confident and attractive. Try it.
The Grab: This is tricky. It can allude to two different images. On one hand, it appears that the woman is very confident as she is displaying her body.
But on the other hand, it appears that she is holding the handbag close to her body, therefore, is nervous.
(India Ford, body language expert and founder of TalkBodyLanguage,)
Is it worth it to buy a designer bag?
Definitely. Not only do designer handbags help to build self-esteem they will help you in your business, in your career.
Just as I recommended dressing up for success I would encourage you to buy a good handbag. Consider it an investment in yourself. Buy one in 3 months or so.
So, which brand to buy?
The Top Tier
Other favorites include
What does a Black Purse say about you?
Though handbags come in all shapes, sizes, and colors black is an all-time favorite. A woman carrying a black handbag conveys a sense of sophistication and confidence.
But I have seen some famous women carry off brightly colored handbags too. (I wouldn’t recommend it to you if you were a career or an aspiring businesswoman). Make your mark & then express yourself.
To conclude handbags are an important accessory that can build self-esteem and confidence. Though handbags come in all shapes, sizes & colors it’s best to stick with black as it projects confidence. In my opinion designer handbag is a great investment in you.
These are my thoughts.
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