It’s All in the Bag The Message Your Handbag Conveys In An Interview

My obsession with handbags began about a year ago. It all started quite innocently enough. I stumbled upon a golden opportunity to trade my current job in for a better one. I was confident. I was ready. I was a about to ask someone to turn over the reins to a multi million dollar business to me and not even bat an eye. Then I looked down at my second-rate handbag and thought this could be a problem. The person you are interviewing with makes their first judgement about you before you even open your mouth, and its based solely on your outfit. This casual reflection had me wondering, what does my handbag say in an interview?

Handbags come in many brands, sizes, and colors and all of your handbag choices are a window into the inner you.  First, you have to choose a size. If the bag is too large then the answer maybe that you are disorganized. If you need to leave the house with everything but the kitchen sink, there may be an issue. On the other hand, a small tidy handbag is supposed to say you have it all together. In my experience though, it usually means I just left it all at home. The amount of pockets a given purse has also tells a little bit about your personality. I am a little obsessive compulsive which means that I need every pocket imaginable. I need everything to have a place and everything to be in its place or I can’t function during the day. I do have a friend who is quite a free-spirit though, and her claim is that all those pockets make her nervous. The method of organization my friend prefers is to dump everything into her bag with no pockets and call it a day. To each their own I guess.

Next, it’s on to color. There are the classic choices of black and brown. Those colors are safe and versatile. These are great choices for an everyday bag. Black and brown can be a little boring however. I mean think about it, how often have you been walking along and stopped to admire someone’s brown handbag? I  thought not. If you want to show a little pizzazz pick an unexpected color. My all-time favorite handbag is the tangerine Brahmin shoulder bag I carried this spring. It was loud and it was different and I loved it. So, don’t be afraid to mix it up. Throw caution to the wind and abandon all of those time held fashion beliefs like your shoes must match your purse. Go for the gusto and pick the color that speaks to you. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Finally, there is the question of brand. Which one do you choose? Some brands cover their bags with logos to make sure there is no doubt where that bag came from. Since there is no doubt where the bag came from, there is also no doubt what the owner paid for it. That statement brings an entirely different level of analysis into the mix. Then the handbag becomes a status symbol. It becomes about the fact that you could afford to spend that much money on a want versus a need. When people reach that point in their lives, you see a change in their personality. The purchase becomes the rush and each day a new chance to display their new toy.

So you may all be wondering by now about the outcome of said handbag adventure. I brought a simple black Brahmin handbag to the interview and walked away with the job. So, I guess what my handbag said about me was that I was trustworthy and capable. So, let’s have some fun.  What I would like to know now is what type of handbag do you own and what do you think it says about you?


About @mfashforward

I am a fashion obsessed working mom of twin teenagers. I have spent my career in the retail industry dressing others on a daily basis. Now, I must strike a delicate balance by remaining fashion forward and having my teenagers still acknowledge my existence. Follow me on a journey into my fashion world.

Posted on September 30, 2012, in Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Handbags, Shopping, Style, Stylist, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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