How to tell a woman by her handbag

Date: 23-Jun-2013 - Written by Debbie Davies

Have you ever wondered what your handbag says about you? Did you know that the kind of bag or purse you carry is directly linked to your personality (or 'purse-onality' as Kathryn Eisman, author of bestselling 'How to tell a woman by her handbag', calls it)? Perhaps your choice of bag pegs you as a drama queen, self-indulgent or a people pleaser.

Kathryn says, "It’s clear our handbags and their contents say much more about our personality than we might think. While you can’t judge a book by its cover, I’d suggest taking a closer look at your friends, family and colleagues handbags - one quick squiz might help you unlock and understand the secrets of their personality."

According to Kathryn Eisman, there are four main handbag personalities:

1. Expressive

Naturally sensitive and down-to-earth, their caring nature means their bag is full of items that are useful to others including plasters, hair ties, gum and perfume. They are day-dreamers so it’s likely they’ll carry sentimental trinkets or photos of family and friends in their bag so they can escape whenever they have a spare moment. If they’re not reminiscing, they’ll be enjoying a good read, they always have a book or gossip mag on hand in their bag. But don’t be fooled by their sometimes shy exterior. These women are often just waiting for the perfect opportunity to unleash their wild side.

An imaginative free spirit, hoarders have a creative nature and often try to rebel against conformity. Their bag is organised chaos and is like a bottomless pit. Everything from unpaid bills to food wrappers and change is mixed up and swimming inside. To the owner, their bag is packed full, yet functional, however to the outsider this bag is chock-a-block. As their life is constantly evolving, they like to swap their bag regularly to reflect their mood and match their outfit. They likesbright coloured handbags including hot pink and aqua, which reveals they are fun and approachable.

3. Prepared

Typically a reliable and detail-focused person, their bag is extremely organised, with a place and purpose for everything. They are very efficient and like to be prepared for anything, carrying sensible items including hair accessories, tissues, a toothbrush, hand wipes and even a phone charger. Although they are always on the go, they like the world around them to be structured, and therefore would rarely swap bags - their one favourite bag serves all purposes. They tend to choose neutral coloured, classic cut handbags which will never go out of style.


Logical and rational, these women hate clutter so like to keep their bag streamlined and neat. They are likely to carry a small bag which fits snugly underneath their shoulder, indicating class and sophistication. While they are always on the go, they only ever carry the necessities - usually just their purse, phone and keys. They have mastered a system of organisation, which means they’ll never be stuck digging through receipts, food wrappers and bills to find their mobile phone!

So which handbag personality are you?


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