Clearly, picking out a handbag is not as simple as picking out the sandwich you will have
for lunch. Here's how to get style in the bag - literally!
Slim & Tall: If you're slim and tall, you can go large and in-charge --- bag-wise, anyway. Everything
big and baggy would look good on you. Think oversized bags, clutch bags, and shoulder
bags. You can go for moderation, too, and still be in tiptop shape.
Whether you go mid-
sized or large, floppy or bulky, bright or subtle, printed or patterned, you can have your
bag and carry it around too, in inimitable fashion. The only handbag to avoid is the small
one as its diminutive proportions would make you look like a giant.
Short & Petite: If you're short and petite, never lose sight of proportions: small bags for small girls,
chunky bags for taller lasses. Do not even think of splurging on a large designer
handbag. It might be a D&G and it might be beautiful but if you're simply too small, you
won't look like you're wearing your handbag. Your handbag would look like it's wearing
Large on Top: If you're top-heavy, draw attention away from your waist or bosom. A chunky handbag
or a messenger bag will work best for your body type. However, if you really want to lug
along a shoulder bag, then choose one that's fairly big and has a long strap.
Large Hipped: If you're large-hipped, use your bag to take eyes away from your hip area. A short-
strapped designer handbag can easily do the trip. Pick out a hobo bag or a shoulder bag
which ends well above your hip line. Or, you could pursue bags with a passion and
tuck a relatively large one under your arm. Again, it's all a matter of working proportions
- that of the bag's and yours.
Plus Sized: If you're plus-sized, go plus-sized as well. Forget cute and diminutive. You're not this
proportions-wise; why should your handbag be otherwise?
A small tote, even if it's the
loveliest designer handbag to ever grace a catalogue, will only make you look like a
truck. Work with your size and work with your bag by going for totes that are wider than
the regular hobo bag. It's also a good idea to get bags with short or medium-length
Curvy: If you have wonderful curves, let them do the talking. Your designer inspired handbag can help
you flaunt 'em. If most of the tips above caution you to hide one flaw or the other, this
tip does the exact opposite.
I say, flaunt what you've got. Choose a designer style handbag
which ends above the waist. Stay away from the really small or enormous ones. They do
nothing for your shoulders and nothing for your physical assets. Or, you could always go
for the fabulous baguette and pick up a drool-worthy clutch.