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Old 12-31-05, 01:02 AM   #1
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Purses (girl question)...

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I am thinking about starting to carry a purse (or if someone who does not know me, a man bag )

I got this really neat looking one that has a medium length strap... my problem is I am confused on how you are supose to carry the thing... call me inexperienced.

I like it on my left shoulder but it always seems to slide off. If it is not there I carry it but it seems to be in a way a bit. Any sugestions on how to carry a handbag?

BTW in europe men carry "purses" all the time...

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I like to wear my purse at a length that comes just to the elbow, slightly above. That way, you can push the purse against your body. That also helps when you are walking in public because your purse then becomes less of a target for a purse-snatching. If you like a longer strap, you can wear in bandolero style until you get used to the shifting.
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^^^ Girl's Question...

Are you a girl?

Sky Blue...

Thank You for the advice... by shifting though do you mean falling off and pushing it back or?
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Old 12-31-05, 01:56 AM   #4
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there's this girl I know that she's going to buy this "purse" for $350. for an animal skin, if it really is, about 6"x4"x1" in dimension, it's expensive. I think it's overpriced
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^^^ Girl's Question...

Are you a girl?

Sky Blue...

Thank You for the advice... by shifting though do you mean falling off and pushing it back or?

The weight of the purse shifts as you move. You kind of learn how to balance it. If you bend over, you push the purse behind your elbow. If you lean to one side, you squeeze with your elbow. It becomes natural (I guess) to keep it in check as you move around. After a while, it won't fall off because of your balancing it. Try having it elbow length and walking with it BEHIND your elbow. With your elbow close to your waist. That might be more comfortable.
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Waste of money, she should just leave most of the stuff at home or something.. lol
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Okay, I'm not a girl. I do carry a purse and my wife calls me Princess. She says there's something wrong with a guy having more purses than his wife . Some call them man bags, but come on, let's call them what they are... purses.

I also carry mine just below the elbow. The main reason is that I can use my elbow to keep it from swinging around to the front and getting in the way.

Most people carry it on the side opposite their dominant hand, (if you're a lefty, carry it on your right shoulder). Then reach across their bodies to "go into" the purse. Since most people are more dexterous with their dominant hand, this makes it easier to rifle through and get ahold of stuff.

That being said, I am right handed and carry it on my right shoulder. It's just more comfortable for me. So try it out on either side until you find where it works best for you.
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Mandy,

I'm not a girl, but I can say that the women I have been most attracted to have never carried purses. Just a personal preference. But, if you must, make it as simple as possible (one small pocket to carry cash/card/ID/minimal makeup) and wear it as comfortably as you can.
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When i usually carry my purse i have a brick in it & keep my money in my bra or panty hose just incase any muggers get the notion to rob or molest me. i carry it over the shoulder method but some times i use a hand bag depending on my attire...
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Wouldn't molesting involve the removal of bra and panty hose anyway?
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Wouldn't molesting involve the removal of bra and panty hose anyway?
Not with a brick in my purse
i keep my money in their incase of a purse snatcher rips it away from around my shoulder on a sneak attack
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Hi sis... I carry mine left shoulder (right handed), long strap (mid-point falls right on the femural knob of the hip joint), just big enough for my wallet, checkbook, keys & 9mm

You'll go throught about a two week adjustment period where you'll feel like dork w/ three arms. After that, it just intergrates and becomes part of you. Just remember, until you get in the habit of not leaving it behind... don't keep to much cash in there It's an easy adjustment to make, you'll do good.
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i keep my money in their incase of a purse snatcher rips it away from around my shoulder on a sneak attack
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Old 12-31-05, 11:38 AM   #14
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"Its not a purse, its EUROPEAN!!"
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Okay, I'm not a girl. I do carry a purse and my wife calls me Princess. She says there's something wrong with a guy having more purses than his wife . Some call them man bags, but come on, let's call them what they are... purses.

I also carry mine just below the elbow. The main reason is that I can use my elbow to keep it from swinging around to the front and getting in the way.

Most people carry it on the side opposite their dominant hand, (if you're a lefty, carry it on your right shoulder). Then reach across their bodies to "go into" the purse. Since most people are more dexterous with their dominant hand, this makes it easier to rifle through and get ahold of stuff.

That being said, I am right handed and carry it on my right shoulder. It's just more comfortable for me. So try it out on either side until you find where it works best for you.
You are either well adjusted in your manhood and/or can kick a$$ like Bruce Lee.
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If I may be permitted to go a little OCP here....NEVER carry a purse over your shoulder. It ruins the line of your clothing and, if the purse is heavy, throws off your balance. No matter what you do it slides off at the most inopportune time.

A lady always carries her bag in her hand or against her body with the handle hanging in the crook of her elbow. The latter allows the use of both hands and presents the most elegant appearance.

In situations where practicality is paramount, and only for a short while (such as when out in public with an infant who needs constant attention, or when having to transport a lot a shopping bags), it may be necessary to carry the bag slung over the head and shoulder with the strap crossing the body. This is still not good for the line of your clothes but is preferable to the over-one-shoulder method, since any sudden move may turn the shoulder bag into a missile that either a) strews your personal effects all over the street or b) endangers baby or some other precious package.

Finally, never, ever, make the mistake of the "backpack" purse, even if it's a $400 Coach model. It's like...a woman wearing overalls on the street. Need I say more?
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You are either well adjusted in your manhood and/or can kick a$$ like Bruce Lee.
Not much of an a$$- kicker. I just realized a long time ago that people are far more concerned about their own stuff than whether or not I meet their criteria of manliness. As long as you don't act creepy around peoples' kids, you can dress/act/say just about anything .

I imagine some of it comes from growing up with three sisters. The older one would use me like a life-sized dress up doll. As a 5 yr old... "Do I have to wear the skirt and ear rings again?"
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People snatch Europeans in your part of the woods ??
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People snatch Europeans in your part of the woods ??
you have never watched Seinfeld have you? Its an American thing
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It's like...a woman wearing overalls on the street. Need I say more?
mmm, women in overalls.
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I got my gf one of these from coach. http://www.coach.com/aspx/content/pr...category_id=68
It's nice because you can wear it on your shoulder or expand the strap and wear it like a messenger bag across your shoulder behind you.

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I got my gf one of these from coach. http://www.coach.com/aspx/content/pr...category_id=68
It's nice because you can wear it on your shoulder or expand the strap and wear it like a messenger bag across your shoulder behind you.


I know you are out of your friggin mind. There's no way I'd take anything made by coach and wear it like a messenger bag behind me. If you ride, leave the coach at home!

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Sorry, I just had to step in here and insert a moment of sanity and clarity. Anyone messing with their coach bag has to be seriously deranged if they don't treat it with the most reverence and respect that a true coach bag deserves!

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Well, not for riding but when we go shopping and have a lot of crap to carry, it's easier to just throw it across your shoulders rather than having it hang off or holding it in your hand.

I wouldn't worry about breaking it, I end up getting her a coach bag like, every year so eventually she'll have as many bags as I do bikes and headphones...

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I have three coach bags myself. I don't care if I had 30. They are bags you don't mess with. It's like having top of the line bikes and saying you can eff with 'em because you've got a bunch to spare.

Glad you're not insinuating that they're supposed to be for riding. For a min, I thought I was going to have to hurt you or something.

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