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Bag borrow or steal

india Updated: Jan 15, 2009 19:47 IST

So often I have noticed a completely stylish outfit compromised because of a not so stylish bag. Bags today are at least equal to if not more of an investment than clothes. The Louis Vuitton’s, Fendi’s and Burberry’s beckon and a girl is spoilt for choice.

Too much
The first bag you should get is an all purpose tough tote. This bag goes with most anything you wear. Grab and run in a hurry. Nina Lekhi, owner of Baggit bags, stresses, “Women are opting for bigger bags in solid leather which can be matched with shoes and belts.”

Much like the world famous Birkin named for Brit actress Jane Birkin, who also like most of us, wants to carry her entire world in her bag.

The second bag is the understated and yet sharp office bag. This one can be in white or beige leather and should have a comfortable handle, so that your hands are free to answer the phone and fetch coffee or bagels. It should be slick but just large enough to fit in your planner and mobile.

The third bag is the Hobo or the hold-all. Named after the Hobos who carried it, it’s a simple affair, often called the sling because it practically hinges on the strap which you sling over a shoulder.

Since it has no fixed shape, it can hold much more stuff than any other type of bag and can be in any material from leather and canvas to denim. For casual wear there are few parallels to this stalwart.

Bag number four is the evening bag to hold on to when you are out clubbing. This one can be as fancy as you like with rhinestones, Swarowski crystals, beads.. whatever.

Clutch on
If you like them jazzy this is the time to go splurge on the blingiest of bags since bling is still very in. Your evening bag can also be as tiny as your cell phone or lipstick even with a strap so your hands are free to juggle cocktails with ease.

The fifth is an elegant clutch for weddings and formal events. Try a silk, suede or velvet one. It will go with Kanjeevarams and formal dresses.