Your “Purse’nality” Test and what it says about you

Sometimes I find myself having some weird moments. I was sitting in a café being a bit on the idle side, I found myself looking at women with their purses/handbags passing me by and wondered if the bag they were carrying matches their personality and guessing what’s in the bag, knowing how we love to trek around with the whole house in our bags. After which, I then took a glance at my purple fossil purse with green zipper and stitching and thought … hhmmn! fun and stylish girl 🙂 who pays way too much attention to details 😀 LOL.

So to test you a bit, let me start by asking, Do you know your purse personality (aka ‘purse’nality) ? Do you even have one?

Food for thought: If a woman is carrying a bright orange tote – does that mean she is fun, fierce or both? Does it mean a woman with the usual black or brown shoulder bag is boring, shy or reserved? makes you wonder if a woman with a crème or white clutch purse is pure or angelic 🙂

In general handbags are categorized based on the handle/straps and functionality. The five (5) main categories are:

Tote – medium or large bags with short double straps and usually an open top (may have one single clasp in the middle for closure)

Crossbody – usually made with one long strap to swing across your body from one side to the other and rest in the front at your waist

Shoulder Bag – as its name suggest this is any bag with shoulder length straps

Sling Bag – has one long strap to swing across your body from one side to the other and rest onthe back

Clutch – small handless evening purse, may come with a tiny removable strap is at all

The style, color and contents of your bag can tell a lot about your personality but for now, let’s look at how the style of bag you carry around will tell your purse’nality type, so which one are you? According to Kathryn Eisman in her book How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag” (source:, she notes the following traits according to your chosen style:

The Tote Bag

Fun loving, generous and sociable are the main traits of someone who carries a tote. The wearer is youthful in outlook, with things to do and places to go. This is someone with a busy life, refined, unobtrusive but definitely not passive.

The Clutch Bag

Women who carry a clutch are confident enough not to worry about carrying their whole life in their bag.  They are not afraid to let a man carry their keys or whatever else won’t fit in their bag.

Under the Shoulder Bag

A small handbag tucked neatly under-the-shoulder implies sophistication and class“women of high stature or who work in upscale offices would choose this style of bag.”

The Cigar Box

Currently a big seasonal favorite, cigar box purses are often carried by women who like to stand out in a crowd. Independent and self-confident, women who carry these bags are “comfortable in their own skin.”

The Backpack

Casual and practical, the backpack represents wearers who are warm and young at heart. Today’s designer styles means that backpacks are no longer relegated to the countryside but are just as at home in the office, worn with business trousers or a skirt.

Bags With Buckles and Zips

Women who choose leather purses with lots of buckles and zippers are leashing out their wild sides. These women tend to act before they think and are always ready for a good time. The extra buckles and zippers tend to signify a “bad girl” image.

The Crochet Bag

A homely, nurturing woman typically carries a crochet bag. Loved by both people and animals this woman is easy-going with an arty streak.

The Designer Purse

A woman carrying the latest designer it bag, lives an exclusive, high-maintenance lifestyle and their designer handbag is a reflection of expensive tastes and appreciation for very, very fine things.  The book warns “guys – watch out for these girls, they tend to be a handful.”

Oversized Bags

According to in their feature “What Your Handbag Says About You”, the oversized handbag is the equivalent of a one-size-fits-all T-shirt. The wearer is a practical person who rarely swaps bags and does not see the sense in spending a month’s salary on one accessory.

She further states that women’s handbags are a microcosm of our lives and if a man wants to know a lot more about a woman, it’s not always in her eyes. Check what’s in the bag, lol.

A woman’s mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag, even when you get to the bottom of it, there is always something at the bottom to surprise you! ~ Billy Connelly


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