Like most fashionistas, I love carrying a purse that goes well with my outfit. Matching my outfit to my mood and my purse to my outfit is fun for me and I love putting together new outfits out of my already extensive wardrobe of clothes, purses, wallets, and accessories. In fact, having a highly remixable wardrobe is one of the best ideas because it gives you lots of outfits out of fewer pieces than having a whole closet full of “one hit wonders” (pieces that can only be worn one way).
I am a pretty classic girl when it comes to style. I like my outfits to match well, but without being too matchy-matchy. One way I like to make my outfit seem cohesive is by matching my wallet to my purse. Yes that’s right; I carry both a wallet and purse. In fact, I typically carry my wallet in my purse. But there are times when I carry my wallet solo too. Here are a few benefits of having the choice of carrying a wallet or a purse, and from carrying a wallet and a purse.
I’m an organization freak. I love to keep everything in my life organized, like my daily schedule, my to-do list, and my purse. Since I’ve got a pretty busy schedule most days, my purse is a like a catch-all for my life so it’s got to stay neat and organized. One way I keep my purse organized is my doing a clean out of papers, reminders, sticky notes, and trash every couple of days. It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes, and it really helps me stay on top of things I need to do and helps me make sure I have everything I need on a daily basis in my purse.
Carrying a wallet also helps me with organization. I carry a pretty big wallet in my purse. It has a spot for my check book, my debit card, a couple of gift cards or credit cards (which I try not to carry credit cards anymore), and a few more slots that I use for store reward cards and my insurance card. It also has a zippered pouch for change and a few dollar bills.
There are times when I like to ditch my purse and leave it at home. Carrying around a large (and sometimes heavy) purse can seem like a burden in certain situations, like when I go out for a night on the town. Times like these call for either: large pants pockets to hold your ID, money, lip gloss, and cell phone, or a wallet with a wrist strap and a zipper closure. Sure, other types of wallets could work too, but I find that one with a zipper to make sure nothing falls out and a wrist strap to make sure I don’t leave it laying on a table as we go from place to place is a good idea.
Health and Wealth
By ditching your purse as often as possible, you do wonders for your health. If you are suffering from neck, back, or shoulder pain it could be because you are carrying around the equivalent of a small child on your shoulder. I haven’t weighed my purse, but I can tell you its heavy! Sometimes it’s nice to leave my purse at home or even in the car and just take my wallet into the store. Plus, when I don’t have access to all the money in my purse (because my cash envelopes don’t fit in my wallet, so I have to choose one or the other) I can’t spend as much money.
Do you carry a wallet or a purse? Do you carry both?