Messenger bags, satchels, Boston bags and slouchy bags are just some of the most popular styles in the handbag department, but you’ve probably already realized that one size doesn’t fit all. The size, shape and style of the handbag you carry can either flatter your body shape or bring out some of your major figure flaws.
As much as I love the super-sized slouchy tote style, it just doesn’t suit my petite frame. The best matches for my figure include the large structured tote, the medium-size hobo bag and the trapeze-style handbags that hold their shape. You can usually find an assortment of different styles – hobo, shoulder, cross body and more – in any given season, so take the time to find the arm candy that complements your personal taste and your figure!
Use these tips to find the perfect handbag for your figure:
Law of Opposites
The first rule of handbag shopping for your figure is to go for the opposite of your body shape. If you’re tall and skinny, your best match is an over-sized tote or slouchy bag – anything unstructured. If you’re plus-size, carry a medium-size bag or tote that has large prints. Keep in mind that the Law of Opposites doesn’t mean you should carry a teeny tiny bag if you’re a plus-size or have a larger frame. You need to choose a bag that’s in proportion to your figure. The Law of Opposites comes into play when choosing a style. If you’re curvy, stick with structured and angular bags. If you’re rail thin, go for the more rounder, slouchy and unstructured styles.
Be Strap Savvy
Some of today’s most stylish bags are designed with long, removable straps while others have very small, rounded straps that fit right over your shoulder and keep the bag hanging in the crook of your arm. If you’re short or of average height, avoid the super-long straps because the bag can make you appear shorter than you really are. Stick with the shorter straps that keep the bag handing at or around your waist. If you’re tall, avoid the super-short straps and go for the bag that will hang just above your upper legs or midsection.
Pass on the “It” Factor
Each season brings a fresh new lineup of handbag styles, details and colors. Over-sized flower prints, ruffles, tassels, metal studs, jewels and super shiny hardware are just some of the details and accents we’ve seen on handbags in the past few seasons. Keep in mind that most of these trends will only last for a few months and many just won’t flatter your figure. Tassels, chains and accents that hang below the length of the bag can make you appear shorter or heavier. Shiny, metallic bags decked in gleaming hardware will draw a lot of attention and might hang down towards your most unflattering body parts! Stick with classic styles that you can carry season after season.
No Hidden Agendas
Avoid choosing a bag just because it covers up a thick waist, small chest or other body part you don’t care to show off. So many women become attached to the giant carryall that covers their entire waist or hides their hips just because it’s comfortable. This type of bag does nothing for your figure! Your best bet to choose a bag that draws attention to your favorite body part instead. If you want to draw attention to your upper body, choose a bag that hangs right above your waist. If you want to draw attention to your hips, consider carrying a clutch or a Boston bag that you can carry away from your body.
Finding the perfect handbag can be a trial and error process but your hard work will pay off! Use these tips and strategies to stake out a bag that brings out the best of your figure and also complements your personality and sense of style.
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