Sonam Kapoor loves her bags; on the left is her Gucci Stirrup bag
Once upon a time, when I got my first paycheck, I took my credit card for an excursion to Louis Vuitton. About thirty minutes later, I walked out with the most inexpensive purse in the store. On the cab ride home, I was overcome with guilt. Had I actually spent that much money on a purse?
A short 24 hours later, I could breathe again. It didn’t take much time for me to start wearing my bag like a badge of honour, it signified freedom and independence – sans the guilt. I have loved handbags ever since, in fact they make me slightly giddy.
What’s to love about handbags:
Class quotient. I noticed that no matter what I wore, my nifty LV would always class it up, even if in a T-shirt and jeans. Accessories have the ability to turn up the volume on any look you sport, maybe even athleisure - I cringe as I say that. You need not have a designer bag to do this, just something unique that is true to you.
Deepika Padukone styles the white-shirt-and-denims look in two different ways with the help of her handbags (on the right is her Saint Laurent Sac du Jour)
It always fits. Just like the nude shoe, bags ALWAYS fit. For a person like me who is always on some sort of diet, the handbag is a relief. Guaranteed to look good, no matter what kind of day or week you’ve had. Handbags don’t show me attitude, unlike my skinny jeans… and are yet to let me down.
L-R: Jacqueline Fernandez and Neha Dhupia with the Tod's Wave bag
Risk factor is low. For those of you who like to keep things conservative (like me), take risks with accessories. Whether it’s a leopard clutch or a fuchsia tote, both make a bold statement and yet stay true to you. A leopard clutch is a far safer bet than a leopard dress.
One word of caution, if you choose to wear the leopard clutch, please ensure you are not wearing anything else with animal elements, unless you actually wish to look like an animal. Similarly, if you are going fuchsia or any other bold colour, keep the rest of the look simple.
L-R: Sania Mirza and Malaika Arora Khan with Celine bags
Size does not matter. No discrimination based on size – everything goes. Typically, go bigger for the day, smaller for the evening. My only issue with bigger bags is that they fit in almost too much. At any given time, you may find a makeup pouch, jewellery, toy cars, a hairbrush and a few other random items in my large purse.
I’m still better than my mother, she has all of the above (minus the toy cars) plus often a neatly packed stack of paranthas, you never know, right?
A luxury bag can make any woman look good no matter what she's wearing. Kareena Kapoor Khan chooses her bags with care at the airport.
Repeatability. No law of diminishing returns here. Unlike clothing, there is no maximum amount of times you can carry a handbag. Very few people are going to wonder ‘is she wearing that purse again?’ They might say that about your leopard dress though.
It’s been a while since I’ve carried that first LV. When I look at it, I am transported back in time. I doubt I truly loved the bag; it was more about making a statement to myself that I could also rub shoulders with the cool kids. Over the years, I’ve realized that it’s not a label that defines you. Don’t buy something because it’s a certain brand, a thing of the moment or because you want to belong, buy it because it’s an extension of you.
When not working on leadership development for an engineering company, Priyanka Khanna scouts the mall for new buys. She lives in Dallas, USA. She's on Instagram@browngirldiaries. Read her posts on her Fashion101 Blog.