How You Hold Your Purse & What It Reveals
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Purse-onality Test1 of 10
By Naomi Chrisoulakis
You can tell a lot about a woman by her purse. But it's not the brand of the bag or even what's inside it that matters. It's how she carries it that can reveal the most about her personality. See which of these nine celebs has a purse-toting technique that matches your own, plus (added bonus!) shop the bags inspired by their looks.
The Shield2 of 10
If you're holding your oversize bag like a shield across your body, you might be feeling vulnerable, like you want to protect yourself. (Here, Jessica Simpson tries to conceal her baby bump from the paparazzi.) Whatever the reason for your shield-position, at least you can still manage to look super-stylish, with a roomy top-handle bag in a neutral hue.
SHOP NOW: Free People Tina patched satchel, $248, freepeople.com
The Under Arm3 of 10
If your preferred pose is like Alexa Chung's—resting your clutch casually along the length of your forearm—you're an on-the-go girl. You like to keep your hands free and don't care much whether people notice your bag or your windblown hair. Lucky you—you're stylish without even trying.
SHOP NOW: MICHAEL Michael Kors Weston two-tone fold-over clutch, $218, michaelkors.com
The Double4 of 10
Clutching your purse in front of you with both hands says you're trying hard to control a situation that's testing your confidence. Like Kate Middleton, you're guarding your composure closely, but you're not nervous—just determined to make a positive impression.
SHOP NOW: J.Crew minaudiere, $128, jcrew.com
The Hook5 of 10
Dangling your bag at the crook of your raised arm screams power and poise. This purse-holding posture exudes ladylike confidence, so it's no wonder it's a favorite of celebrities like Victoria Beckham.
SHOP NOW: Zara Leather Citybag, $249, zara.com
The Sling6 of 10
You balance work, school and your personal life like a pro—and you've got better things to do than worry about whether your handbag's looking its best. Cue the convenient cross-body sling, a beloved accessory of multitaskers like Jessica Alba.
SHOP NOW: Kimchi Blue cross-body bag, $34, urbanoutfitters.com
The Soldier7 of 10
This pose means business. If this is your purse-holding M.O., you've got a handle (pun completely intended) on your life. It may not be an iron grip, but similar to Beyoncé, you know what you're doing and are rightfully proud of what you've achieved.
SHOP NOW: Michael Kors Jet Set leather tote, $248, nordstrom.com
The Grip8 of 10
Sure, you could sling your purse over your shoulder, but you're the type who likes to be hands-on with everything (hence, that firm grasp on your bag). Ambitious and oftentimes extremely disciplined, like Jennifer Lopez, you feel happier when you know exactly what's going on at all times.
SHOP NOW: Madewell everyday clutch, $138, madewell.com
The Business Class9 of 10
This no-nonsense hold shows you still care about your bag (probably a top-handle tote like Kourtney Kardashian's), but you're beyond fussing with it. You hold the handle away from your body, showing you're focused and unencumbered by trivialities. That's because you're too busy moving up the ladder—in style, of course.
SHOP NOW: Warehouse crosshatch handheld bag, $68, warehouse.com
The One-Shoulder10 of 10
The backpack is having a moment for those of us who favor practicality over prettiness. If you carry yours slung over one shoulder, like model Georgia May Jagger, you're showing off an easygoing vibe—you don't need your bag to be front-and-center to stand out.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie Cupric backpack, $198, anthropologie.com
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