ALL IN THE DETAILS: Coming in Handy

Isaac Mizrahi once said, “Your handbag is the most emotional purchase you make. It has to be just right—fashionable as well as functional.” Handbags are a key component in any Fashionista’s outfit. Not only will your purse hold all that you need to take on the day, but it also doubles as the perfect accessory to complete your outfit. When planning your look for the day always keep in mind what purse you are going to pair with it.

Gone are the days of oversized tote bags, this season the smaller the bag the better. In runway shows from Prada to Dior, you can find handheld purses dominating the runway. With this trend in mind, I recently spotted this beautiful Fashionista walking around with a Vera Bradley quilted leather handheld purse. On the outside her bag looks small, but once you look inside, there are ample pockets to store all your necessities. What I love about this look is how well the browns in her outfit and her gold accessories blend together to create a harmonious look.

With handheld bags you will find a wide array of bags to fit your personal style. For a classic feminine look you can carry around this adorable handbag from Aldo, complete with a little red bow. Feel like making a bold statement? Grab this fierce ASOS crocodile print tote bag and everyone will know that you are not afraid to stand out. If you would rather keep it simple you can always go with a classic black and white handbag. No matter how you define your personal style, these handbags will give any outfit a sophisticated and feminine look.

How To: Worried that handheld bags aren’t your style? Test it out at an event where you won’t have to worry about carrying around a large purse to hold all of your belongings. Handheld bags are a perfect accessory for a date night or dinner with friends when all you need to carry is your phone, wallet, keys and your favorite lipstick.