How to Pick the Right Handbag for Your Body

Picking the right handbag for you isn’t just about the latest styles and trends. You need to keep your body shape type in mind as handbags may add some volume or knock off some pounds. Whether you’re making your looks complete, adding it as an accessory, or just holding all your essentials, keep on reading for guidelines in making a fashion statement through handbags that complement your looks.

As a rule of thumb, go for handbags with contradictory features to your body type as the part of your body where the bottom of the bag sits will be accentuated. It can add or take off pounds of your figure and can make or break your outfit. Also, the size of the handbag you choose should always be in proportion to your figure.

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For a tall and thin woman, just remember to avoid too small bags and shoulder bags as they will make you look taller. A woman who is six feet tall would look lost with a teensy hand-held bag. Instead, wear medium, large, and oversized bags that will flatter your height best. Go for oversized bags, shoulder hobos, boston bags, dome bags, slouchy clutch bag, rounded bags, satchel bags, and such that are great for you. Select handbags that are wider than they are tall, midsized to large handbags and floppy or bulky handbags. Avoid very boxy bags and choose styles that mold to the shape of the body instead of standing away from it. Try different sizes and styles of satchel and hobo bags to see which gives you the most curves and let it hang around your waist. Hobo bags are crescent-shaped shoulder bags that are often soft and slouchy.

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For petite frame, choose bags that are neither too bulky nor too big as they tend to overpower your petite frame. Optically, width creates the look of shortness. Oversized bags aren’t for petite women so avoid shoulder bags with a long strap as they will weigh you down, making you look even shorter. You should also avoid huge prints on the bag as well and go for vertical stripes and monochromatic colors. Instead, select a bag that is longer vertically and smaller to elongate the appearance of your torso so you’ll appear taller with them. However, make sure the bags don’t hang too low as they will draw the eye down and make you look shorter. Look for bags with shorter straps that can make you appear taller.

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For pear-shaped woman that has an ample hip and a small torso, go for bags that avoid the hip area like a bowling bag, hobo bags, satchel handbags, or sling bags that sit just above the hips. Remember that any handbag that falls on the hips may draw unwanted attention to this area as they play up the width of your hips and not your shoulders. So, opt for bags with shorter straps that fall between your natural waist and above the hips to make your shoulders look broader and create balance. Holding a clutch higher up will draw eyes away from your hips if you do not want attention there.

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For apple-shaped or top heavy woman, choose a handbag with a longer handle to draw attention away from your bosom. A cross body bag that is often smaller in size and is worn across the body is another great choice as the diagonal strap creates a slimming effect. If you want to wear a shoulder bag or tote bags, make it one that has a long strap and is large in size as its structured and wide features will be great to balance out your upper half. Tote bags are those with open-top with straps or handles.

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Will the right bag make you look thinner? Not exactly, but it can flatter your shape. For plus-size women, go for a larger structured or boxy bag to balance out your curves and avoid slouchy, round bags as it tends to make you look even curvier. Don’t carry a bag that is too small as it will make you look larger. Go for handbags of reasonable size that wouldn’t look lost against your figure. As a good rule of thumb, the rounder your figure, is the more structured your handbag needs to be. Choose handbags with strong angles, which will look great on you. A shoulder bag that ends just above the waist is the most flattering style. If you love prints, steer clear of tiny patterns.

As you can see, the handbag style and size can influence your overall look and can make you look thinner or bigger. So make use of these fashion tricks to also draw attention away from your flaws and accentuate your best assets.

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