Handbags are probably the most important possession a woman can have, after their phone and wallet. The global handbag market is priced at USD 51.89 billion in 2020.
From sling bags to totes- we all have so many varieties to choose from. But knowing which bag to pair up with which outfit is an art.
If you’re a lover of traditional outfits like saris or kurtis, you need to know how to style it with the right kind of bag. Here are five kinds of handbags that go really well with ethnic clothes.
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1. Sling bag with khadi sari
Want to look truly traditional? An ethnic khadi sari is a must then. In order to complete your look, pair up any khadi sari with a long sling bag.
Sling bag or crossbody has been women’s favorite for ages, so you can never go wrong with it. It holds quite a number of small things like lipstick or a small bottle of sanitizer. Sling bags can also look very cool with trendy western outfits, but they add a charm of their own when worn with khadi sarees.
You can also go for a raw silk sari and a sling bag of a complementary color. Just think about this- a comfortable sari, stylish heels, and a shiny black sling bag. Doesn’t it give you heart eyes instantly?
2. Tote bags with kurtis
Tote bags are also a hot topic among women. They are also known as “shopper bags” due to a large amount of space in them. Totes are ideal for when you want to shop around for a bit in a new city or place. You can literally fit anything and everything inside these bags- from large water bottles to the items you’ll buy.
Totes don’t just look good, they are also very comfortable to carry around. These bags look the best when worn with a kurti and a pair of leggings or jeans. Both traditional, as well as contemporary salwar suits, look lovely with a tote.
To finish off the look, wear minimal jewelry (a tiny pair of oxidized jhumkas, anyone?) and a pair of comfy sandals!
3. Minaudiere with ethnic gowns
Do you have a designer dress lying around in your cupboard for ages but don’t know which bag to carry with it? Buy a minaudiere! These little clutches are sure to glam you up for any party.
They look the best when worn with bodycon gowns, but can also make heads turn if you wear an ethnic, flowy dress and flaunt it well. Cute little minaudieres might not really hold a lot of things inside but sure do make themselves seen and heard.
If you wish to carry a tiny scrunchie, lipstick, or hairpins, a minaudiere is perfect for the occasion. So what are you waiting for? Slip into a sparkling sari or traditional gown and carry your clutch like a queen!
4. Bucket bags with traditional tops
Even if you’re not a part of the sari or kurti gang, there’s a handbag for you too! If you have an ethnic top, say one with floral motifs or traditional designs, you can carry a bucket bag with it.
A bucket bag, as the name suggests, is sort of shaped like a bucket or container and holds a lot of necessary items. No matter what your age is, a bucket bag will always look stylish!
This bag also goes pretty weak with kurtis or ethnic midi dresses. You can choose a bucket bag from a wide range of styles, such as vegan leather bags, or artificial leather ones. Take it to your workplace to make heads turn!
5. Potlis with anarkalis
Gearing up for a wedding? If you’re wearing a lehenga or anarkali, a potli bag is a must. These bags are quilted in a typical Rajasthani or Gujarati style and make you look gorgeous no matter what.
Potlis go well with any kind of traditional wear and can hold quite a number of small items. The supporting strap can be a metal chain or a small cloth string. Grab one in your nearest handicrafts fair or any online store!
Over to you…
No matter which occasion you’re decking up for, the entire look will be incomplete without a handbags. Choose any combo from the above five and add your own sass- you’ll surely be the talk of the occasion!