One dressing style that can make you instantly look cooler is country. Country-inspired pieces are really playful, that can create gorgeous outfits while also being comfortable and functional. But besides the recognisable elements of country fashion, the country boots, jeans and leather jacket, you shouldn’t overlook the accessories too. Just like any other style, your choice of accessories can make a difference in creating a functional and stylish country outfit.
When it comes to accessories for country style, cowboy hats and belts with bold buckles usually steal the show. However, as you probably know, no outfit can go without a handbag. So, let’s give this piece the attention it deserves.
Go for Practical Everyday Designs
Even though many love dressing country for the city, most of us reserve this style for the times we actually visit the picturesque Aussie country style. And in those moments, you don’t need a flashy handbag or a clutch that can hardly store a water bottle. What you need is a practical everyday design that will allow you to bring your essentials along and keep your hands free.
This is the reason why it’s smart to get a quality leather tote or crossbody country bag. While a backpack might also work, both totes and crossbodies are the perfect options for the countryside if you want to look stylish. These are bags you’d use every day, because they are comfortable and they offer ease of access, but more importantly, because they leave your hands free.
In order to make the most of your country handbag, it should look good with a variety of outfits you choose. After all, if you’re going on a trip to the countryside, you can only bring so much, so make sure that the bag you pick will be worth it. It should also go well with both summer and winter fashion accessories, or in other words, it should be suitable for more seasons.
To achieve all of this, you should find a handbag that’s quite simple – regarding the design, the colour, the shape. Country handbags can come with some very specific patterns, with too many details, or in a very dramatic colour. While these are great for some occasions, they aren’t the best when you need versatility. It’s also better to avoid big logos. Remember, subtlety makes anything look more elegant and timeless.
When it comes to colours, again simplicity is the way to go. Go for a neutral handbag or pick a colour that you like a lot. Since your colour likes and dislikes have most likely already influenced your wardrobe, you’d be able to combine it with many outfit options you have. Generally, for everyday country bags, you can’t go wrong with black or brown leather.
Sure, genuine high-end leather will be a bigger investment, but like with anything in life “a poor man pays twice”. The simple truth is that the only way a handbag can withstand all the wear and tear of everyday life, is if it’s high-quality, which almost always means pricier.
Leather bags are timeless, stylish and always look luxurious. Not many materials can last as long as high-quality leather. It’s a very versatile strong, resilient and durable material, able to endure a lot and, more importantly it improves over time. Although leather is porous, it’s often naturally water-resistant enough to withstand rain, and to protect the inside of your purse.
If you invest in a leather country bag, in order to prolong the quality, it’s important that you take proper care of it. For this, you should clean it regularly – with a damp cloth to remove dirt and dust, and you could find a cleaning product suitable for the material, as well as a leather conditioner.
But, when it comes to purses, quality doesn’t only refer to the material, but also to the craftsmanship, both on the outside and the inside of the bag – the seams, the handles, the straps, the pockets, the inner lining…
Anything you wear often or for a long time, should be comfortable, and handbags aren’t any different. An everyday bag shouldn’t make your shoulder or arm feel uncomfortable and it shouldn’t slide off easily. Furthermore, there is no comfort in needing a lot of time and acrobatic skills to take something out of your bag.
A handbag can be suitable for everyday use only if you find it easy to access what you need. Additionally, take a good look at the pockets. Your bag should fit your needs right. The idea is to be able to organise it properly. You can opt for a few small zippered or opened pockets for your keys or your phone, or a purse with more compartments. Additionally, you could always later add handbag organisers, pouches, or cosmetics bags, for better organisation.
Choose the Right Size
When you are choosing a bag for everyday use, it’s also really important to pay attention to size. You don’t want to invest in a purse you thought you could wear all the time, just to end up with something too big or too small.
Of course, you know your daily needs best, you just need to think in advance. Think about everything you need to carry in your handbag: is it only a few essential items, or do you need to carry more things with you everywhere? However, it’s a good idea to get a handbag with just a little more space, just in case. This way if you need to add a thing or two, you don’t have to look for another handbag in a rush before going out.