The final touch to your special outfit is a prom handbag or purse to bring your prom look all together. Choose a handbag that is simple and elegant or funky and full of personality. It's a great opportunity to add a little flairjust remember you want to compliment your prom dress, not distract from it!
Your prom handbag may be a color that matches your shoes, or you might go for the same color as your dress. With either choice, you want to use your handbag to tie your look together.
Your prom handbag is meant carry the barest necessities, not everything you own! Keep it small and easy to carry. Don't let your bag overpower your dress, it's an accessory, not the main feature. Your prom purse is highly visible, and will take away from your dress if it is too big, too worn or 'cheap' looking. It is best kept to an evening bag size, knapsacks are definitely out!
A evening clutch bag is the traditional style for prom handbags. You will also find cute mini 'purse' styles with a handle and delicate over-the-shoulder styles with silk, braided or glitter straps that won't overwhelm your dress. Consider your height when choosing your bag. An over-the-shoulder bag looks best on a tall frame while the clutch style is ideal for petite prom girls.
Be selective if you're looking for a metallic prom purse, even if your prom gown is very 'party' style and has gold or silver accents, a metallic fabric might cheapen your look. It's better to stay with classic or trendy colors to compliment your dress. Subtle is best when it comes to metallic.
Go crazy with accents on your prom handbag, just make sure the accents are well-attached so you're not leaving a trail of beads or feathers behind you. If you're handy with sewing, consider making yourself something fun and creative, adding beading, embroidery, appliques, feather, ribbons or crystals to your bag to jazz it up. Add a glitzy brooch to a simple black clutch purse and you've got glamour to go!