What your handbag says about where you live

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Love a clutch bag? Newcastle is calling you...

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New highly important social research has found that women who live in the north buy much smaller handbags than those in the south.

Bet you can't guess what ladies in the Midlands carry, can you? Alright smart aleck – yes, they carry medium-sized bags.

The findings show that women do pick their handbags according to practicalities, as the trend for bigger bags down south has been attributed to longer working hours and taking public transport. 74% of women in London said they opted for an oversized tote style bag to carry around their lives.

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Here is Cheryl Cole with a clutch bag. Conclusive evidence.



Three quarters of women in the Midlands were found to invest in a long-lasting bag that was suitable for every occasion, while Scottish lasses were more likely to opt for a cross-body bag.

If you are living in Wales, you have a predisposition for a backpack or sports bag (68% of women) and women in Ireland are favouring a slightly smaller version of the London big bag.

Professor Karen J. Pine from the University of Hertfordshire said, "'In recent times the handbag seems to have become the ultimate statement piece for women. Ladies are signalling their status, and many do that via the handbag they choose."

"This research also demonstrates how the bag we carry, like the clothes we wear, reflects our personality," she said, presumably while trying to find her wallet in an endless pit of a bag.

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