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There comes a time in everyone’s life when it is finally time to invest in a “big girl bag.” If you are unfamiliar with the term, it’s a bag that defines your entrance into the adult world. It is the bag that you begin to pack your work computer in, along with the other knick-knacks you decide to throw in before you leave the house. Some people like to carry their whole life in their bags, while others try to carry the least amount of items as they possibly can. Either way, this guide will help you pick your perfect shoulder-hanging companion.

Think about different name brands

There is an abundance of brands out there that sell handbags. From Kate Spade to Louis Vuitton, it is all about how much you want to spend and whose brand name you want to be sporting. Think about who might be your favorite, or who has designs that really catch your eye. The brands that people wear can say a lot about themselves as a person, so think about who you want to invest your money in.

Price is an important factor

The range of prices that you can spend on a bag is exceedingly large. You can spend anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand. This certainly doesn’t mean that any bag is better than another, but look for a price range that you feel comfortable spending in. Once you narrow down the price range, you can cut out or add in a lot of brands that could make your search easier.

Sort out your baggage

Think about how much stuff you might be throwing in this bag. Are you carrying a work computer? Just keys and a phone? Have a whole emergency kit that you absolutely have to have with you at all times? This will change the size of the bag that you are looking for. You might have to expand your budget if you are looking for a big bag, needing more space to carry all your belongings. I must say, I seriously underestimated the amount of stuff I carried and ended up needing to upgrade to a bigger bag sooner than I thought. So for me, this was an important step I should’ve paid more attention to.


Might not be important for some people, but I like to make sure I have a bag that matches most of my clothes. Sometimes a bag can make or break an outfit. Sticking to neutral colors such as black, brown, white, or tan will ensure that this bag can go with anything. Bright and unique colored bags are sometimes hard to match and should only be brought out for special occasions at best. Switching out bags is such a hassle, so make sure to pick one that you can just throw over your shoulder and hit the town with.

Ameera Ozzie is currently a senior attending the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Public Relations major who enjoys learning about all things social media-related and keeping up with entertainment news. With dreams and aspirations of working with high-fashion companies on their Public Relations teams, Ameera hopes to make an impact on the world no matter what she is doing.