Pick The Right Handbag

When shopping for a new handbag this season, consider your body type. Not every handbag is ideal for every woman. Follow these tips to find the perfect handbag for you.

Choosing a handbag

Generally speaking when it comes to handbags, the opposite shape of your body type is the most flattering. When shopping, head to the dressing room, carry the bag as you normally would and check it out from all angles in the mirror.

Woman with handbag

Tall and thin

Choose handbags with a short, slouchy shape like the hobo. Avoid shoulder bags with a short strap as they will make you look even taller. Select handbags that are wider than they are tall. A clutch is a good choice.


Despite what you see in Hollywood, oversized bags aren't for small women. Large bags tend to overwhelm your frame. Avoid shoulder bags with a long strap as they will weigh you down, making you look even shorter.


Pick a large structured or boxy bag to balance out your curves. Don't carry a bag that is too small as it will make you look larger. If you love prints, steer clear of tiny patterns.


If you are splurging on an expensive bag, choose one that you will be able to wear often. There's no need to spend $500 or more on a bag that will rarely make it out of your closet. If you are buying several inexpensive bags instead, pick one classic everyday bag in black or brown. Then, experiment with fun, funky styles and metallics for your other bags.

If you aren't sure about the different types of purses and bags, on the next page are some general guidelines to help you along the way.

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Comments on "How to choose the right handbag for your body type"

Rachel Bell October 10, 2013 | 10:59 AM

This was really informative. Who knew there were so many bags! Now just to stop myself from buying all of them ;)

Dawn October 06, 2009 | 8:30 PM

Great, common sense advice. With all the choices available, it's a great idea to spend your money on a handbag that will compliment your size rather than look like a carpet bagger or worse. Thanks!

cmarie March 10, 2009 | 7:42 AM

well learn something new every day! handbags for your figure type! i am in my middle 50s and i never heard of such a thing! every generation comes up with another stupid fad! what next what jewelry makes your figure look great! when you younger women get to be my age you wont care about these fads you will even say "hey we did that when we were in our 20s!' nothing is a new idea its just a new way of doing something old!i will stick with my handbag its for a plus size!

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