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O’town babes and box bag trend

By Chinwe Uzoechi

The variety of handbag and purse designs keeps getting bigger, more unique and interesting. Current trends are towards cloth and monogrammed bags. Dog bags have become popular as we see many celebrities carrying their small dogs with them at all times.


The recent trend is away from backpack style towards over-sized handbags. Women want a more fashionable handbag that can also be used as a briefcase, laptop case and handbag, and even baby bag. The bags are getting bigger and bigger to meet all of the needs, and carry all of the stuff. This means of course, that carrying a bag is getting more problematic as the bags get heavier.

The toll on women’s back, neck, and shoulders is a problem doctors and physical therapists are noting more often. Some of these medical professionals warn of the effects of overloading the bags with heavy items and professionals are lobbying to have manufacturers place warning labels on the handbags. Box bag seems to be the latest now as one can’t walk down the streets of Owerri without finding a lady with this bag.

Handbags go back to the beginning of time and have become a practicality and a fashion statement for women of all ages. Women especially ladies prefer this box-like hand bag, some say because it’s unique and potable,  it makes one stand out in a crowd, while some say they like it because of its expensive nature and the fact that it comes in different colors and does not matter what you wear it with.

Hear them;

IFY;·– Bright colored handbags like pink, purple, bright blue and green indicate that the woman is fun, friendly and approachable. Women who are out-going and sociable will tend to choose these colors. This is the type of woman who will strike up a conversation with a complete stranger. So I go for this type of bags, I like them more in Box bag because it brings out the colour real

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OGE; – Women who choose black or brown handbags tend to be more reserved and are often mistaken as being snobby or restricted. These types of handbags are often associated with down-to-earth women, who are shy at first, but open up after a while. They tend to exude a shy confidence, which is sometimes mistaken as someone who thinks she is better than others are. That’s me for you

SHANTEL; I like box bag because it is potable and has many bright colours like pink, blue and the likes, you know this is the age of off-colour. So it can go with any attire and also it is expensive not every lady can afford it, so it’s for the big girls.

BELINDA; Can’t you see how smart I look with my box bag? Box bag is the BOOM now and a must-have for every lady. That’s why I like Owerri. Hardly can you see any young lady in Owerri who hasn’t got the bag, because it adds swag to your attire.

CYNTHIA; For me I like being simple, so box bag helps me to get that, small and potable as it is, it can contain my makeup and toiletries so what more do I need ? I also like the fact that it has many primary colours that is good to go with.


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