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By Chioma Okwu

HANDBAGS and women are one; they’re like indivisible twins. Women can hardly do without handbags especially the trendy ones which are cute fashion accessories for them. No lady’s dressing is wholly complete till there’s a handbag on her because handbags add glamour to her appearance.

A woman’s handbag can be her signature piece and statement or simply a carrier of documents or other belongings. Just as various clothes are worn for different occasions, bags are also sternly selected to suit different occasions.

While some other women carry handbags for fashion purposes, some other women carry handbags because of its ability to contain some items. These reasons have been grouped into practical reasons and impractical/fashion reasons.


Handbags come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. And for a typical woman, the space can be really useful.

Typically, handbags have multiple pockets inside of them - some with zippers, and others as open sleeves. As you can see in the photo above, this handbag has at least two inner pockets with zippers. These are very useful for things that need to be secured like documents, credit cards and cash. I use the inner pockets of my handbags for smaller items too, like mints, lip balm, credit card, keys and cash.

In the larger inside pockets, I may keep my phone, ear piece and phone charger. I’ve seen women with larger bags carrying around a spare pair of shoes, a two-inch thick novel, water or food flask, notepad, baby diapers, etc. It’s surprisingly crazy how many things a handbag can accommodate.


Scores of women carry handbags because they are stylish and convey a sense of fashion. They simply want to flow with the trend and most times aren’t interested in its many inner pockets or sizes. The trendy handbags these days are those small purse-like bags.

I personally do not like carrying handbags, I find it stressful and self scourging. I rather go out with a purse or put on a trouser or skirt with pockets where I can keep cash. I grew up without really making budgets for handbags; I easily just take my mum’s for lecturers. Lots of other ladies could go to the store and spend 50,000 and above on just handbags.

I don’t think handbags are bad I just think they’re extra loads. Only recently because of work did I pick up the rare habit of carrying handbags (practical reason) and the purse-like bags for outings (impractical reason).

Why do you carry a handbag?

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