How to Match Your Bag to Your Body Type

Style is not only about on how you put your outfit together, as you have to think of the head-to-toe picture including your accessories. Believe it or not, there are some styles better suited to your physique. “Finding a bag proportional to your body is essential in creating a flattering complete look, not to mention the right bag can visually take off pounds,” says personal stylist Remy Johnson. So, step up your accessory game by picking a bag that complements your assets.

Hourglass Body

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A woman with an hourglass body has a well-defined waist, and bust and hips are the same size. “This body type works well with all bag shapes, but the trick is keeping the size proportional. The size of the handbag should be proportionate to your unique stature. Short and petite women appear taller with small handbags and shorter with large handbags. Tall women appear larger with small handbags and look best with midsize, large and over-sized styles. Experiment with different types of bags and sizes to find the perfect fit,” says Johnson.

Pear and Spoon Body

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For a woman with a pear or spoon shape, her hips are larger than her bust and the waist gradually slopes out to the hips. “Don’t go too long with the straps, as this draws the eye down and brings more attention to the hips. Bags should hit between your natural waist and hips to make your shoulders appear broader and balance your figure. Go with a satchel bag,” Johnson said. Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, you may go for a shoulder handbag that sits on your natural waist highlighting your womanly curves strategically.

Straight Body

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For a woman with a straight body, her waist, shoulders and hips are the same size. “Wider bags with a slouchy shape should fall right at the natural waist to create curves for your body type. Bags should not fall past the hips because you will not get the benefit of added curves. The hobo bag was made for you,” said Johnson.

Inverted Triangle Body

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For a woman with an inverted triangle body, her hips are smaller than her shoulders and bust. According to Johnson, you have to opt for longer straps to balance your top half and bottom half, and attract attention to the smallest part of your body—your hips. Also, cross-body bags are the best fit for you.

Oval and Diamond Body Types

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A woman with apple, oval, or diamond shape, her waist is larger than her bust and hips. “Go for larger, boxy bags because they will complement your curves, and don’t go too small because the contrast against your body will make you look larger. If you have a large bust, avoid shoulder bags and messenger bags because these will draw attention to your chest. Give large tote handbags a try.

By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to make your accessories look flattering for you regardless of your body type.

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