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I really have a love affair with purses. My collection of over a dozen includes a variety of sizes, styles & colors. All are shoulder bags which appealed to me from the moment I laid eyes on them. My wife teases me about having so many, When we go to Kohl’s, Target or other department store, I often let her go her way & “window shop” in the purse section until she’s ready to go.
There is no way I can carry a purse every day around town, but will occasionally carry one when feeling “special”. I have little hesitation in dressing in women’s jeans, low-key blouses/shirts/ sweatshirts, loafers or flats. Only a few times have folks ever noticed my attire but, boy…when carrying a purse it’s much different. I can report that the worst I’ve ever received is no notice at all. If people saw me they just passed on by. Often, however, people have noticed & in favorable manner. A checkout lady at Walmart teased me once abut my purse & said it wasn’t really my color. I smiled & told her it matched my shoes & was on sale. She smiled understandingly. In another instance, while at a Kohl’s, a lady about 20 feet from me, smiled, pointed to my purse, & gave a thumbs up. Yet another lady, a bit on the older side, remarked that she had one exactly like mine & went on to tell me how much she liked it. Another time, I held my my wife’s purse while she visited a doctor. I walked around the office a little looking for magazines & then stepped outside to stretch my legs. Her purse was on my shoulder the whole time & I thought nothing of it. When I came back in, the receptionist smiled, motioned me over, & in a soft voice told me I carried the purse very nicely. This caught me off guard at first but I returned her smile, thanked her & told her I had had much practice over the years. We had a nice little conversation for a couple of minutes about purses. Never once have I been subjected to disapproval or frowns about my purses.
When we travel out of town, I ALWAYS wear a purse and usually in attire a bit more openly feminine. My wife sometimes tells me I am too flaming but never once has she criticized my purses.
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