Stylist’s Secret: Changing Purses To Match Your Outfit Is Easier Than You Think

By Kristin Hull

Storing essentials in pretty cosmetic bags makes switching purses quick and easy. ($14.99-$34.99/Target)

For most women, changing purses each day seems like more trouble than it’s worth. I used to feel that way. My biggest fear was that something important would be left behind in a pocket or a hidden corner. I felt this way for good reason; it had happened to me on several occasions. But the more I started to work in fashion, the more I realized what a difference matching my handbag to my outfit made. It’s just as important an accessory as any other. And a mismatched one can ruin even the most stylish ensemble. Additionally, a purse shouldn’t just work with an outfit based on color or pattern; size, shape and appropriate-ness must be taken into account as well. There’s nothing tackier than seeing a women in her workout clothes carrying a dressy purse or, God forbid, vice versa.

Fortunately, most of us know the difference between a casual and a dressy purse and when to carry each. I think the problem lies in the fact that no mom has time to switch out her purses. It’s not that she doesn’t want to or doesn’t know that she should, it’s that she’s usually running out the door with nary a moment to brush her hair. But, if you want to be the cutest, most stylish mom you can be, it would behoove you to swap purses at least some of the time. As you’ve seen, we at The Mommy Stylist always try to offer handbag options that are functional and versatile so that you don’t have to make the switch every single day, but on the occasions that call for it, we have a simple solution that will ensure you won’t leave anything behind: You need to become a bag lady.

No, not that kind of bag lady. But a bag lady nonetheless. Basically, you’re just going to put everything from your purse into smaller bags.You can use one big cosmetic bag for the whole shebang like I do, or try a few of varying sizes. The whole point is that when it comes time to change purses you won’t have to dig through every last pocket to transfer it all over; just move the bags from one purse to the next. Voila! I like mine to be clear so I can easily find what I’m looking for in them but you can use whatever color or pattern you prefer. But no Ziplocs! The whole point is to make you look (and therefore feel) better. You will not feel confident shuffling through a mishmash of sandwich bags. Another bonus is that this system will actually keep your purses more organized. And what mom couldn’t benefit from little more organization?

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2 thoughts on “Stylist’s Secret: Changing Purses To Match Your Outfit Is Easier Than You Think

  1. Love this article about changing purses! Great simple idea. Do have suggestions on best clear bags to use?

    1. There isn’t a particular one I recommend but here is a cute one from H&M for $6.95: It is the same size as my current one that I got from Bed Bath and Beyond. I had to cut the handles off mine but since this one doesn’t have any you don’t have to worry about it. One with a zipper that zips down the sides a bit is easier to get into so you might want to make sure it has that feature.

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