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The Handbag That Fits

Feb 16, 2008
Perhaps next to diamonds and shoes, the handbag is a woman's best friend. For reasons that men might find difficult to comprehend, most women can't imagine a world without the handbags that they are using now. Some, even, just can not get enough of these handbags!

Besides holding their valuables, handbags speak of women's fashion statements. It is therefore fitting to find out what shape, style or size is perfect for each user, to complement and highlight their best personal style and body type.

Handbag authorities suggest that choosing the shape that's opposite the body type can make it work. Tall and thin women should shop for round-shaped or unstructured handbags, such as the hobo. What contrasts the body sharply will complement it. Similarly, women who are heavy and shorter in height will look good when they carry handbags that are more on the rectangular, tall or defined shapes. Rounded figures, meanwhile, are best counterbalanced by sleek and long designs. Never worry, though, about grabbing those totally thin or sharp-edged women handbags. This is where leathers and fabrics with silhouettes do the trick effectively. An important tip, though, is to do away with handbags that are rounded in styles.

Think of the handbag's size. It should complement its user's size. The size of the handbag should be in proportion with the user's body, just as the shape should give the complementing and contrasting effect. For one, a user who is big and quite tall for her age would definitely look discomfited when carrying a tiny handbag. Similarly, a petite lady can't carry a really huge handbag without looking awfully awkward.

Closefitting handbags, those that can be placed at a reasonable breast level and can fit under the arm, can look great only on slimmer, slender-bodied women, or on those who want to put emphasis on their cleavage. Meanwhile, big-armed women or those with full-sized busts may not be flattered by the closefitting handbag.

The length of the shoulder bag or handbag always accentuates the body part nearest to it. For example, if that swinging bag you're carrying hits you at your hip or at the bottom area of your body, onlookers' eyes will be drawn to that body part, naturally making that area the central focus.

Generally, women can effectively carry shoulder bags and handbags that flatter the waist because they end at the mid-torso. In trying to determining if the length of the bag's strap does fit, never be afraid to try it and check yourself out in the mirror. Buy the bag if it looks flattering on you. However, if you feel like your arm is cramped and there is discomfort in any way, chances are, it's too short and doesn't look good on you.

Sure, it's nice to have the best-looking bag to tout around, but the bag alone won't do the whole trick. Never compromise comfort and appearance on your part. Hence, think about it. Despite how dazzling or gorgeous, a bag is worthless if it cannot be used. No matter how you want that beautiful handbag, if it doesn't work for you, leave it for others to find. In no time, you'll hit upon the handbag that makes you look good and highlight your best body parts. By then, you have to waste no time to grab it!
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