Fashion Accessories: The Handbag

More often than not, the latest trend dictates the types of bag in vogue. The size, shape, colour and every other thing is also subject to this idiosyncrasy. Whatever has been deemed sexy and IN rules! In this light we find various versions on the arms, closets and the possession of the discerning.

There was a time that the small, cute, and delicate-looking were the order of the day. Whether carried underarm, on shoulders or dangling from the wrists the smallie reigned supreme. The size did not vary too much and could either be miniscule i.e. space enough for lipstick, compact and cell-phone, or roomy enough for a wallet, small novel and a few other feminine essentials. That was the basic plot and designers did not stray too far from it. They had a field day varying colour, shape, trimmings, texture and other things that caught their imagination. These were modified to give these accessories the signature look peculiar to a particular brand.

Seasons change and the era of the small has come and gone. The voluminous and oversized is upon us! These purses abound and are not hid from view. The beauty or hideousness of each is constantly on display. They draw attention because of their sheer size and this inevitably shows up the person too.

The bulk of some carry-on bags immediately focus attention on the carrier’s physique. In some instances, the bag seems to carry her rather than vice-versa. Some petite women, thus tend to walk skewed, bending (ever so slightly) under the sheer weight (you’ll be amazed how heavy) of belongings. On the other hand, her full-bodied counterpart will give the same accessory the appearance of a toy when she totes it.

These bags bring to mind Mary Poppins and her magic portmanteau; she retrieved her bed, wardrobe and several other things I can’t remember from its depths! Apparently her bag was bottomless but easy to convey about town. Interestingly enough, ALL the items are NECESSARY and must stay in! What some, will not let on, is that the beauty of some bags is lost if left relatively empty. Stuffing a bag (in this instance) elicits envy and admiration everywhere you go! Being fashionable has its consequences, on the other hand the price to be paid can be odd (or in this instance weighty) in order to maintain the status quo and enjoy the benefits.

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  1. nice one! In my opinion, i think it’s not just right to wear stuff just bcos it’s in vogue. No wonder most girls always look stresd up! Imagine caryn a 10kg bag of vanity just to appear stylish?

  2. Thanks for this incisive post. You spoke my mind. I however will add that you spoke the minds of millions. I have been at a loss on how fashionable really are these bags. We may really need to check the real meaning of fashion. Some are so large that they not only serve as a man-made (no, this time – woman-made) burden but are a distraction to right-minded person who bears the burden of looking piteously, at the ‘victim of circumstance’.
    Like every trend that comes up, this will pass shortly. Meanwhile, manufacturers of ‘Ghana-must-go’ should prepare for crisis of low demand, for these bags will soon be used as Ghana-must-go’.

    • @Samson: Hmmm, better be careful that the womenfolk don’t come after you! We will wear what we want, whether in vogue or not! I’m sure the stressed-up-looking part is part imagination part wishful thinking on your part. Women that know they’re looking good look anything but stressed!1
      @Mike: Dr. M, I didn’t know you were such a fashion connoisseur and gave such things much thought. Fashion (real meaning as you put it) will be continually defined by whomsoever…howsoever it pleases them, so get ready for more ‘madness’. GMG still has it’s place and uses and our handbags can’t do it…not just yet anyway! Thank you for the comments sir, I really appreciate them! 🙂

  3. Thanks for this incisive post. You spoke my mind. I however will add that you spoke the minds of millions too. I have been at a loss on how fashionable really these bags are . We may need to check the real meaning of fashion. Some are so large that they not only serve as a man-made (no, this time – woman-made) burden but are a distraction to right-minded person who bear the burden of looking piteously, at the ‘victim of circumstance’.
    Like every trend that comes up, this will pass shortly. Meanwhile, manufacturers of ‘Ghana-must-go’ should prepare for crisis of low demand, for these bags will soon be used as Ghana-must-go’.

  4. @ seyi. Lol. it’s pure observatio and nt imagination as u thought. I’v had complains frm friends and coleagues at wok. I know a girl (a petit kind of) who carries a bag weighn a tithe of her weight! She uses non of the stuff in the ‘burdensome bag’ at wok. The other day, i saw a pretty lady walking like a human dock, the high heel she was wearing obviously was responsible.

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