Choosing The Right Handbag For Your Body Type


 Choosing The Right Handbag For Your Body Type

Women of all sizes, shapes, and body types can find a handbag that suits them. A good place to start is with the classics: Coach, Michael Kors, and Tiffany & Co. They offer a variety of styles for every occasion with quality craftsmanship that will last for years. If you prefer more contemporary styles in different price ranges you’ll also find plenty at Coach, Kate Spade New York, Tory Burch , Michael Kors Collection and other popular brands like Louis Vuitton or Marc Jacobs .

Once you’ve selected your handbag of choice, you might want to consider your body type. There are different styles of bags that have been specifically tailored to fit into various body types. Unfortunately, there are no all-purpose bags with handles and straps that can accommodate all sizes. For anyone above the size small or below the extra-extra-large, the best bet is a structured bag with a structured top or hanging strap for added support. The structured bag helps distribute the weight evenly across your back and shoulders and offers enough space for a small purse.

A structured bag is also great for women with hourglass figures. The structure of the bag will help cinch in the waistline and draw attention to the top portion of your body. This is a great look for anyone who wants to highlight their assets such as big eyes or a nice bust line. Rounder figures may want to choose a soft structured bag that will accentuate the roundness and avoid making the figure appear boxy. Placing a small purse inside also helps add some structure to the top of your figure while keeping you from looking excessively large.

A cross-body handbag would be another great choice for an hourglass figure as it can help “accentuate” more than just one feature. Girls with a pear-shaped figure can also benefit from a cross-body bag. This type of handbag is designed to rest on your hip so your hips appear slimmer and the bag itself helps balance out wider hips. A good way to get a slim, straight silhouette with a cross body is to place the bag at the middle of your body rather than at the front or back.

A rounder figure would do best with an oversized, boxy-looking tote or sling bag. The soft structure will help add some curves while drawing attention away from any unevenness in your figure and creating a more balanced silhouette. Having an uneven bottom half can make you appear top heavy and wearing an overly structured bag could make it worse. However, over-sized bags can also create problems for some women. If you think over-sized is the best option for you, make sure the bag is not too big and avoid heavy metal hardware.

The strap length on a handbag can also affect your body type. A longer strap or adjustable straps will assist with higher, wider shoulders while a shorter strap will add more curves to the side of your hips or tummy when worn across the body. You’ll want to adjust it so that it sits on the hip bone at the top of your hipbone to help slim out your figure and keep it from looking overly large.


No matter what your body type is, you can find a handbag that suits you whether it’s a structured bag or an oversized one. Make sure to choose one that will accentuate your assets and avoid drawing attention to the ones you’d like to hide. If possible, try different styles on before buying to see how it feels and looks on your body. You can also test out different straps and strap lengths to see if they feel and look better on you than others. Have fun trying out different styles until you find the right one!

Author Bio: This article was written by Mary C., a fashion blogger at Fashion Allusion . She loves writing about fashion, beauty, personal health and relationship topics.

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