What is the difference between a purse and a handbag?

Style, of course! While they’re technically the same thing, I’m sure most of you ladies will agree that there’s a huge difference between a ten dollar purse and a fancy designer handbag.

 Reading about amazing designer handbags isn’t nearly as much fun as wandering a department store in person. That said, shopping online for a new handbag has certain advantages over going to a department store. There is an almost limitless array of options available on the internet, a selection which not even the largest department store can match.

The main problem with such a vast selection is the overwhelming number of choices it yields. Trying to pick your favorite out of hundreds of different choices is asking an awfully lot of anyone. For those who just can’t make a decision, we’ve crafted this guide with careful consideration, picking some of the finest handbags in the world.

There is no way to create a definitive guide, but it is our hope that this can help you find what you’re looking for.

Things to Consider

I’m not going to pretend there’s some kind of definitive guide to buying a handbag. Most women instinctively know what they want, and those who don’t probably have a more fashionable friend who does. Nevertheless, here are a few basics.

1. Style

When it comes to fashion, style is Queen. Where designer handbags are concerned, style is Venus herself.

2. Designer

Designer handbags are, by definition, all about the designer who made them. But in absolutely no way are all designers made equal.

3. Size

Bigger is not always better. Plenty of designer handbags are on the smaller side, but let’s be honest. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the handbag is; you’re going to find a way to fill it all the way up.

4. Status

What does your handbag say about you as a person, as a woman, as a friend? I don’t mean status here in a negative way at all. Consider it a matter of taste, if you will.

5. Price

This is obviously one of the most critical aspects of picking a designer handbag.