As you all know, I’ve been working on pairing down my clothes and accessories the last couple of years. (Slow and steady wins the race people!) One area I cut down significantly is the number of handbags and purses I own.
When I started my mission to simplify my life and my closet, I owned 17 bags and I narrowed it down to 10. Since then I haven’t acquired any new bags, but I haven’t gotten rid of any either. 10 seems to be my number, at least for now.
Although I will likely be parting with one of my favorite purses soon as it’s getting really worn and shabby looking, which is not conducive to wearing with my office professional looks. I’m actually pretty bummed about it and I might look for a replacement for it. But we’ll just have to see if I come across one as awesome in the future.
Here’s the criteria I used to narrow my handbags down to the current 10 I own:
- Neutrals – I kept one black and one brown purse as these go with anything (except brown doesn’t go with black and vice versa). Having a couple of neutral colored purses is a great place to start when narrowing down your handbags. Personally, I don’t see any need to keep multiple purses of the same neutral color so I kept only one black and one brown bag. My black purse is solid, but my brown bag is a brown and white giraffe print.
- Metallic – I also decided to keep my champagne metallic purse because it’s also a neutral with some fun added via the metallic finish. The metallic finish also makes it look a little more “dressy” if you need a handbag for a fancier occasion.
- Sizes – I did keep a smaller clutch-like bag for nights when I don’t want to be bogged down by a large purse. This gives my bag “collection” a little more versatility.
- Colors and Prints – Select a few of your favorite colors and prints to keep. My favorite colors are purple and teal, so I kept one teal bag and two purple bags in different shades. I did get rid of at least one other purple bag as it seemed redundant and I kept the higher quality one.
That’s how I decided to narrow down my bags and only keep the ones I felt were most versatile. I got rid of a green bag and I liked, but it only matched like 2 of my outfits so I didn’t feel like it was getting very much use for the amount of space it was taking up.
Like I mentioned, I also got rid of one purple purse and I also decided to part with one Vera Bradley purse because I had two in the same pattern, which seemed a little crazy.
How many handbags do you own? How do you decide which ones to keep and which ones to toss? How often do you wear out a purse?