Purses serve multiple purposes: they are practical while serving as a fashion statement. There are many options available to suit different needs, such as gun concealment purses for those who choose to carry a firearm, fashionable diaper bags for new parents on the go and cross-body bags which allow their wearers to move through the day hands-free. Next time you decide to purchase a new purse, consider the following characteristics to make sure you choose one that is a great fit.

Size

If you are looking for an everyday purse to take with you to work, school and recreational activities, think about how much you tend to carry with you each day and pick a purse that is an appropriate size to suit your needs. If you are used to moving through the world with nothing but a cell phone, small wallet and set of keys, a smaller bag probably makes the most sense for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer to carry lots of extra supplies, a bigger purse is more likely to suit your needs. Size is less important if you are looking for an evening bag to wear to a special event, since those will almost always be relatively small.

Color

Your purse should be a source of both convenience and joy. Pick either a solid color or a pattern that speaks to your soul and makes you happy each time you pick it up. At the same time, think about whether it will go well with most of your outfits. If you just got a new outfit that you love in a certain color, this could be a great opportunity to get a bag that matches it to complete the look. If not, a neutral but still beautiful shade, such as black, cream or brown, is always a safe bet.

Durability

Especially if you are spending a significant sum on your new bag, you should try to choose one that will stand up to harsh weather and regular wear and tear. Look at online reviews of bags that you’re considering to see whether other customers got a good amount of use out of them, and consider opting for hardy materials such as leather over easily damaged ones like suede.

Whether you’re venturing into a physical store or shopping online, choosing a purse should be exciting. Look for a bag that you’ll love carrying out the door each day, and have fun!