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Savvy fashionistas know the right bag can make or break an outfit. Handbags are a way to solve practical problems (where else will that cell phone and wallet go?) but perform above and beyond with the opportunity to try out colors, shapes, textures, and volume we may not be brave enough to go for in a whole look. When your bag isn’t integrated with your overall outfit, it doesn’t matter what you wear — you’ll always come off as incomplete.

So, where to go for the best handbag advice and updates? There are several wonderful blogs dedicated to the art of accessorizing. Purseuing.com “obsessively cover(s) purses, bags, totes, clutches, and just about anything else you can carry on your shoulder” and features a wide range of prices and retail outlets — everything from $9.99 Target beach bags to $1,995 Chloe sheepskin sacks. Toterly.com will please guys looking for the right messenger bag to get through the season, and green products for vegans and recyclers alike. TheBagBlog.com is a round-up of great bags, photography, fashion reviews and more, a friendly, easy-to-read site. A current post reviews Hayden-Harnett’s Malinka Backpack, designed for Anthropologie, in a vibrant, almost Scandinavian folk print of reds and blues. Perfect for spring. Lastly, for students of fashion and hardcore “it bag” carriers, BagBliss.com gives complete designer biographies and reviews entire collections seasonally, most recently former Hermes star Beatrice Amblard.


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