What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style?

By: Anna Papachristos

What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style?
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About This Quiz

The average woman can't simply walk into her favorite department store and purchase a handbag at random. Bags are incredibly special items. They can be a powerful expression of personal style. Beyond their potential to make fashion statements, handbags also allow women to carry basic necessities with flair and confidence. (After all, most fashion designers neglect to incorporate pockets when designing women's clothing, so we need to put our money and keys somewhere!)

Thus, a woman's handbag provides great insight into her sense of style and what she values most in terms of form and function. While some women are drawn to designer brands that double as status symbols, others seek practicality above all else. Many women opt for classic styles that withstand the test of time, while some allow their gut to guide them toward the trends of the future. No matter the scenario in question, a woman's handbag can convey aspects of her personality mere words cannot.

Of course, while most women own more than one handbag, as it's almost impossible to have one bag that's appropriate for every occasion, we all have that specific satchel or crossbody on which we can depend. But what does your go-to bag reveal about your overall personal style? This quiz will unveil the message your favorite handbag communicates. Not confident that we can determine your style in the next 30 questions? Well, we think it's in the bag!

What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 1 What's the one item you must have in your bag at all times?
My makeup bag
My smartphone
My sunglasses
An energy bar

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 2 If money weren't an issue, which high-end handbag brand would you love to own?
Hermés
Prada
No idea
Akris

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 3 How often do you match your handbag to your outfits?
When the mood strikes ...
Rarely
Always!
Only by accident ...

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 4 Do you ever carry anything in addition to your handbag?
Shopping bag
Backpack for work
Gym bag
Nothing else

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Person with Purse Would you prefer to use the same handbag for every occasion?
Yes
You need at least two bags — one for day and one for night.
No, that's boring.
My bag needs to match my outfit, silly!

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Thinking with Purse1 How many different handbags do you own at the moment?
1
2-5
6-10
10+

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Purses What color do you want your go-to handbag to be?
Tan
Black
Neon pink
Cream

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Purses1 Which handbag material do you prefer above all others?
Leather
Canvas
Plastic
Nylon

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 9 If you were shopping for a patterned bag, which design would you choose?
Leopard
Floral
Designer logo
Plaid

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Thinking with Purse2 Who's your favorite modern handbag designer?
Chanel
Other
Betsey Johnson
Kate Spade

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 11 How would you define the size of your ideal go-to handbag?
Small
Medium
Large
Clutch

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Thinking with Purse3 What handbag trend can you most see yourself trying?
Embossed faux crocodile
Chain straps
Micro size
Faux fur

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Thinking with Purse4 How would you describe your current handbag's outward condition?
Pristine
Battered
Slightly scuffed
Dingy

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Inside Purse What does your current handbag look like on the inside?
Organized
Cluttered
Empty
It's an abyss — I can't find a thing!

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 15 When you clean out your purse, what's your primary objective?
Lighten my load
Find that one item I've been looking for...
Get rid of the odds and ends at the bottom
I clean it out daily so I remain organized.

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Looking in Purse What's the weirdest thing you've found at the bottom of your bag?
An old pack of bubble gum
Pokémon cards
The key to my ex's apartment
Other

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Inside Purse1 Which item requires its own special place so you won't lose it?
I don't think there is anything ...
My smartphone
My lipstick
My keys

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 18 Do you regularly match your wallet to your handbag?
Always!
I have one wallet that coordinates with multiple bags.
I slip my cash and cards into one of those slot pockets on my phone.
I don't have time for such nonsense.

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Thinking with Purse5 On which arm do you typically carry your purse?
Left shoulder
Right shoulder
I alternate hands.
I prefer crossbody bags.

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Things in Purse What's the biggest item you might need to cram in your bag?
My laptop
I don't carry anything big.
My makeup bag
The kitchen sink!

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 21 How do you feel about hands-free style handbags?
Fanny packs should be banned.
I already own a crossbody bag!
Backpacks aren't just for school kids.
I don't currently own one, but my hands would love me if I did!

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Handbag1 How much money would you spend on one handbag?
$50
$100
$300
$500+

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Thinking with Purse6 Would you describe yourself as "on trend" or fashion forward?
Haha! No
I'm aware of the latest trends, if that's what you're asking ...
Yes, I love to emulate the latest Fashion Week runway looks!
I'm the one who sets the trends, thank you very much.

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Thinking with Purse7 How much does sustainability factor into your fashion choices?
It's not my primary concern.
I try to make environmentally conscious purchases when I can.
I only buy items that are secondhand or sustainably sourced.
I'm in the process of transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Matching Outfit Shoes Belt and Purse Have your ever matched your shoes and belt to your handbag?
That's a bit much, don't you think?
Whenever I can!
It's not my top priority.
They don't have to match, but they do have to coordinate.

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What Do Your Handbag Preferences Reveal About Your Sense of Style? 26 Which celebrity's style do you admire most?
Kirsten Dunst
Kate Middleton
Mindy Kaling
Jennifer Garner

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Thinking with Purse8 Where do you typically purchase handbags?
Small boutiques
Online
Department stores
Vintage shops

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Thinking with Purse9 Do you even like the concept of carrying a handbag everywhere you go?
No! Just give me clothes with pockets.
It can be cumbersome at times, but I could never leave home without it.
I love always having what I need most right at my fingertips.
It's the best way to make a subtle, yet effective fashion statement.

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Thinking with Purse10 What fashionable movie has been the most influential to your personal style?
"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Can't really think of anything ...
"Clueless"
"The Devil Wears Prada"

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Purse on Table While you step away, would you trust the stranger sitting next to you at the coffee shop to keep an eye on your bag?
Absolutely!
I guess so ...?
If I'm desperate, sure
Not in the slightest!

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