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      Sally Drinkwater
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      Registered On: July 15, 2019
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      I love handbags of all colours, shapes, styles and sizes, I can’t imagine ‘any’ woman without matching bags & shoes to make an outfit complete. I also have a selection of purses (wallets) for that summer ‘pop to the shops’ look.

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      stephanie plumb
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      I prefer a small cross-body burgundy-red leather bag that can be worn either cross, or as a shoulder bag by shortening the straps.  I like to have my hands free.

      If carrying more than basic essentials – like a cardy or lightweight waterproof etc. I carry a black faux leather small femme backpack with decent shoulder straps,  that can also be used as a handbag  or shoulder bag.  Its not as dressy as my small leather  bag but is ideal for country walks.

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      Lee Ann Rakers
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      Handbag.

      Lee Ann

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      Paula F
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      I own both styles, in several different looks.  The clutches are handy,  but tend to not be used nearly as much.  Even my oldest clutch looks nearly brand new.

      PaulaF

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    • #430070
      Liz Craig
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      Both,depends on the situation.I carry a small clutch going out with friends and my wife.Shopping,purse.I don’t go cheap on these,my collection of these is Dooney & Bourke for this reason.

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      Blink To Pink Enchanted
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      There is definitely a time for a practical purse – so there are times for practical shoes… Aah, I feel like I’m going to break into a song by The Byrds. Definitely a place for both!
      P

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      Robin Girly
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      I have both.I prefer the full bag.It holds all the essentials.

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        Jeannie Jones
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        Exactly Robin😊

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      Krista
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      Hi Annaleigh, thinking like a gal, my solution is Get Both!!!

      Hugs, Krista

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      Deborah Sullivan
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      Cant get my phone wallet keys lipstick sunglasses kleenex etc in a clutch

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        Jeannie Jones
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        Ditto. I need a regular size purse.

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    • #429803
      BigBangtheory
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      I like a medium crossbody purse that will hold a clutch with a wrist strap. The crossbody purse accentuates my boobs but I can grab the clutch for running into a store for a quick purchase….. Stephanie

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        Blink To Pink Enchanted
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        I have seen that enhancement and wondered if it was accidental or for effect – now I know. Thanks. P!

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    • #429756
      Anonymous
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      My Handbags are so much more than accessories….they are vitally important for holding everything a girl needs when out…all to hand and in one place…

      Just Keys, money and phone to mention three…among a myriad of other vital “needs”, would be carried how???….the alternative is bulging pockets….if you have any!!!!

      Never underestimate how important a handbag is…..I certainly don’t any more!!!

      Grace ❤️

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      Blink To Pink Enchanted
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      Clutch does it for me. Not very practical, but if it matches the shoes…yumm!
      P

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      Totally depends on what else you’re wearing.

      It’s just an ‘accessory’ So, use it compliment your outfit.

      Best advice I have! x

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      Brittney Andrews
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      If you get a clutch because you don’t have much stuff to store in a bag, get a a clutch with a wrist strap. This will free up your hand and it’s not as easy to be stolen.

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      Lisa Smith
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      I recently bought what I consider to be a clutch, but it has a shoulder strap and a hand strap. It’s small but will be somewhat versatile with or without the strap. I can see where a larger bag, or purse would definitely be an advantage. They each have their advantages! A medium size purse is next on my wish list!

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      To avoid confusion I use the terms purse and handbag to mean the same thing.

      I have a clutch purse but only use it when I go out for an evening and only carry a few things to freshen up my makeup.

      I suggest buying a full handbag like a hobo style (google an image of it) with removable straps and maybe a tote bag later on.

      Jessica

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      Jeannie Jones
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      Full purse for me

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      I find using a clutch problematic since you have to pay attention to keeping it close by or in your hand all the time. I use a purse because it is just easier and it hold things like a brush and other bigger things much better. And the strap allows me to put it over my shoulder of neck and makes shopping easier. It also makes it easier to conceal carry.

      Carla

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    • #429152
      Emily Alt
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      There’s not much consensus regarding what differentiates a purse from a handbag.  I consider anything with a shoulder strap to be a purse.

      Assuming this is your first bag, I’d go with a medium size purse.  It’ll be big enough for all your stuff but not overwhelming, and it’ll have a shoulder strap.  It’s your do everything daily driver.  I have several.

      Handbags come in all sorts of sizes.  Since they lack a shoulder strap they’re not as versatile.  Not hands free.  Easier to steal.  I don’t own one and doubt I ever will.

      A clutch is very small and really limiting.  Enough room for lipstick, your ID, a credit card or cash, and maybe your keys.  Most women only use them for dressy events and such.  I don’t own one but expect I will someday.

      If you’re a practical girl, buy a purse.  If you like collecting things, buy them all….in multiples!

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