Sunday, October 26, 2014

Handbags 101

Recently I came across a resource called the Handbag Style Guide by Rue La La. It has a great deal of interesting and important information about handbags including a history of different styles through the decades, a description of iconic designer labels, tips on how to care for handbags and an outline of the different types of handbags. I definitely recommend you take a look at the site.

This got me thinking about my own handbag collection. I thought I'd start off by showing you my handbag essentials. Inspired by the typical 'what's in your bag' post, I often find it interesting to see what others carry in their bags.

My Handbag Essentials
-Guess Wallet
-Frozen Coin Purse
-Ted Baker Makeup Bag
-Hair Comb
-Security Pass for Building Access at Work
-Red Lipstick! (and clear gloss)

The handbag guide also shows some of the designer label signatures. I find this particularly interesting given my recent interest in designer handbags following the time I borrowed a real Chanel handbag. 

The handbag guide outlines the different styles of bags so I thought I'd show you my favourite types to get an idea of what works for me:

The Clutch 

I love clutch bags; they are so adorable and sweet. Of course they aren't the most practical of bags (I even have a couple that can't even fit in a iphone inside) but I try and make them work as much as possible. They are great for a night out and sometimes I take them into work in addition to another bag. I have so many clutch bags and here are some of them:

The Tote

I definitely believe the tote is the most popular type of bag out there; that's no surprise given it's so useful, practical, large and versatile. I especially love my tote bags by Guess and I can never resist adding a new one to my collection. I favour the tote bag over the hobo style bag because I like the structure of the tote.  Here are a few of my tote bags:

The Pouchette

This style of bag appears to be what I would call a flap bag. I was very interested to read that the shape is inspired by a loaf of bread tucked under a French girl's arm (how crazy is that?!) I don't have too many pouchettes but I do like the style and would definitely like to add more to my collection. I love that it reminds me of many of the classic Chanel bags. Here are a few of mine:

Check out Handbags 101 here.


Fabrizia Spinelli said...

These are a lot of cute handbags, and nice looks!
Fabrizia - Cosa Mi Metto???

ThefashionFlite said...

thats quite a collection. U have almost a bag in every color.
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Bisma Rauf said...

Wow..you own some amazing bags!

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Kezzie said...

You have some great choices!! X

Ivana Split said...

I must admit I didn't know all those names for different bags...what a lovvely location of bags you have!!

...and always so pretty!


Alissa Gromova said...

There are a lot of inspiration in this post!!!
Kisses dear


Beauty Unearthly said...

Love the collection of amazing looks!
Have a great weekend!!! xx

Julia said...

OMG! Love your blog :) Your Outfits are sooo cute...just love it ♥

Julia ♥


Mª Pilar Domínguez said...

You´ve got a beautiful and big collection of bags and clutches! really nice all of them, and original Very interesting the lesson of how to distinguish an authentic Vuitton, Dior, Chanel ....bag. I just have one authentic Loewe. The rest are fake. Kisses:)

Michaella said...

Love your blog! I just followed you on GFC and Bloglovin, would you please follow me back? :)

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Anonymous said...

Good post

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Great post, and lovely collection of handbags, clutches and outfits too!
Thank you for the tips on how to know if you are getting the real deal on designer handbags.
Have a splendid weekend~

Sera Brand said...

great post! & very cute & colorful bags!

(IG: @TheStardustBohemian)

Caro * said...

So pretty ! I love all your bags :)

Adam said...

pretty outfits

Vanessa Billie-Jill-Jean said...

Your outfits are so pretty. ;-)
Wish you a wonderful sunday...

Nymphashion said...

Oh I love the heart shaped mini clutch!

Arianna, Nymphashion ♡

Tanya W. said...

Wow these handbags are fabulous:)


Launna said...

Imogen... wow, so many cute dresses and the handbags are so amazing too xox

I love all the different sizes and colors, such a wide variety that goes with so many cute outfits xox

Jessica The Pyreflies said...

You have an amazing collection!


Couture Carrie said...

Amazing post, darling!
Love all these looks!


Ayana Pitterson said...

You definitely have a great handbag collection...would truly love to raid your closet. lol

Thrifting Diva

Rachella - theonlyfashionprincess said...

Nice looks! Yellow looks great on you.

Mica T said...

You have such a great collection of handbags! :) I'm so impressed that you can make clutches work too, I carry so much they are just not the best bag for me. I own a few, but they are rather big clutches, haha. not as dainty as yours :)

Away From The Blue

Helen said...

What an interesting website. I love bags and have loads but tend to stick to the same two or three all the time. I use satchel bags most often.

Snow Princess Bella said...

Beautiful bags! <3 Thanks for checking my blog. Following you now :)

Dania said...

These handbags are really fantastic!



Kiss & Make-up said...

You have such a great collection of hand bags, oh my gosh :-D

Jackie Harrison said...

Nice items you carry in your handbag you look lovely in all the images.

Dawn Lucy said...

Pretty photos! And a fun post! I LOVE handbags!
Dawn Lucy

Doused In Pink said...

You have an amazing handbag collection! The totes are my favorite!


Janelle said...

you have the cutest handbag collection! i'm so envious of that pink chanel purse.

xx Janelle
Styles & Prints

annick tamoto said...

you've got such a pretty collection of bags <3

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Antonella D'Amato said...

A lot a wonderful bags of course you have!!! Great site, I've visited right now!
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Kathleen Harper said...

Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing!

Glamour ZONE said...

Great looks.love your handbag pick.The yellow look is awesom

Jacqueline Stewart said...

holy actual hell, I have one bag I use all the time so this post terrified and intrigued me at the same time! Hhahahah. loving looking back through some of your looks imogen.x

Anett B said...

Very informative and useful post! I went straight to my Marc Jacobs bag to check the zipper, thankfully it's real haha :D

Bella Pummarola

Grace said...

All I could stare at were your buns...how do you get it so perfect every time? I can't get it even one time :P

Every Day In Grace

Daphnee StVal said...

It's so funny I would read this post today, my mom on a visit to my place today commented on how she thinks I have too many handbags! You have a fun collection of bags here yourself. I love this post. It's fun yet informational!


M said...

you have some cool bags for sure!


Carly said...

So many great bags! My favorite is definitely the tiny baby pink basket weave bag.
The Doctor Diva

francesca romana capizzi said...

I am a big fan of totes!
Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

The Guess wallet is simply amazing!

Marta Purriños Hernández said...

love all


Marta Purriños Hernández said...



Blue Adriatic said...

I like educative posts about all topics, including fashion actually including bags :)
Nice palette of your cute bags :))

Pip Addis said...

You did a great job with this post! Love how you put it together!
xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

Lady parisienne said...

All these styles are very lovely!!
Have a nice week!

Gina Vi said...

Amazing outfits, dear! You are so cute!
Have a lovely day!

Kreyola said...

Lovely handbag here, and I love the 101 on them. I have to say I love the play of colors in each of your outfit. You be doing your thing :)

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Sandra Leiva said...

Beautiful bags!!



What Kenny Hearts said...

Fantastic post! Love it.


M said...

Lovely bag collections! your clutches are so cute

Made in Mauve

Jessica said...

Awesome bags! =D

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Ivana Split said...

thank you for your visit


Elle said...

What a fabulous collection of bags you present here! So perfect with each outfit, I can see why Rue La La selected you, you did a wonderful job on this.
I am a fan of clutches and lady like kellys.
But a larger tote is a neccesity, sometimes, so finding a lightweight one is good!
Love your lips clutch and fan clutch!
xx, Elle

Elizabeth Victoria Clark said...

I love seeing what others have in their handbags - I'm always so impressed, mine is usually just full of receipts and odd lipsticks! Love all your bags. x E

Elizabeth Victoria Clark

trishie said...

So many cute bags! You're great at styling .

Anna Baun said...

Love this post! So much great information! Love it! XO


Shaira Manalo said...

Your white beaded clutch is so pretty! <3 <3 Clutches and tote bags are must haves for me! Clutches to carry my phone and lipstick for parties and tote bags I usually bring in school.

Thanks for sharing this post :)

Have a great day, Imogen! :)


Kizzy Von Doll said...

Lovely post doll, love your bags, I admit to enjoying buying bags a whole lot, haha :))) I hope your week is going well xx

LA FLO' said...

how wonderful your bags dear!
Too cute purses frozen :)


Jola Hogg said...

you have an amazing bag colloction! they are so pretty :)
would you like to follow each other on gfc? please let me know on my blog or follow me and i will follow you back:)


I like your little handbag collection, quite lovely. I also adore clutch bags, although I have to carry something somewhat larger for daily use. xx/Madison
Frightfully Fabulous

Ania Zarzycka said...

Wow!! fantastic outfits <333 i love it :)


Ann said...

Thanks for the handbags authenticity
info. Nice to know. Your bags and outfits are always fabulous ♥


Anita Anota said...

I love the Union Jack mini bag =)
Kiss kiss
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Kim Alston said...

You have a fabulous handbag collection Tia! Thanks for the tips regarding designer bags.

Kashaya said...

Great post and I enjoyed looking at all of your lovely outfits.=)

Vita said...

I love how you based the collection showcase on the book and showed the bags as worn with some of your outfits, it's a really nice overview of your style. :)

Beauty Follower said...

You have such an adorable collection of clutches!


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