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Where’s should I carry my purse strap, over the shoulder or in the crook of my arm?

The question

My husband is thrilled that I have started carrying a purse. It's a small Kate Spade bag that I like to carry over my shoulder. He says I should hold the strap in the crook of my arm, but I think that is passé. What do you think?

The answer

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So you mean to say you have never carried a purse until now? Best case scenario: You used a messenger bag. Worst: a fanny pack. I'd rather not know. In any event, Kate Spade is a great gateway brand to get you enthused about accessories. Here's what will settle your debate: They're called shoulder bags or handbags – not crook bags. (Actually, that's a good name for all the designer knockoffs.)

While I take less issue with the handle resting on the forearm, on the crook is nearly as loathsome as visible gum-chewing. When I see women doing this, especially when their bags are huge and obnoxiously branded, I can only conclude that they are emulating Paris Hilton.

Although you're new to the purse world, it's still best not to look nouveau riche.

Amy Verner is The Globe and Mail's Paris-based style reporter. Have a fashion question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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