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Ladies, know your bag

fashion-and-trends Updated: Jun 09, 2010 01:23 IST
Shruti Dargan
Shruti Dargan
Hindustan Times
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Just spent a bomb on a really fashionable bag, but does it complement your body type? Handbags, like clothes, can conceal or highlight physical imperfections because they focus on a part of your body. Here are some tips to help you match your bag with your height and frame.

“Rounded handbags in small and medium size suit petite girls,” says designer Puneet Nanda of Satya Paul. People with this body type should preferably opt for bags that are structured. “A small person can even carry a big tote (not oversized),” says accessory designer Meera Mahadevia.

“Curvy women have the liberty to carry off anything. Small totes, big totes and even oversized ones look good,” says Mahadevia. Nanda advises such women against hobos or ‘gourd’ like stuffed-look bags. “Try a medium-sized handbag that ends just above your waist and accentuates your waistline,” says designer Nida Mahmood.

Tall and slim
“If you’re tall and slim, all shapes look great on you,” says designer Peachy Bawa of Basta. But oversized handbags, shoulder bags and clutches are recommended. “Such women should not carry anything too long/thin that would mirror their shape,” explains Nanda.

Slightly plump
Slightly plump women can carry “oversized bags and big clutches — the envelope clutches look nice on them,” says Mahadevia. Go for the petite bags, but not too tiny ones. “Angular bags suit plump women, but they should avoid hobos which make them look more round,” says Mahmood.

Plus size
Avoid hobos, handbags with short straps and the short handbags if you are plus size. “A larger and wider handbag looks best as it makes you look small,” explains Mahmood. “The hardware on the bag like zippers, buckles and nail heads should also be less. It is best kept simple,” says Bawa.

Know your bag
Backpack Handbag: A slightly larger handbag designed to be worn on the back, like a backpack. It can have one or two shoulder straps and can be carried by both or by just one like a sling bag.

Baguette: A handbag that is long and narrow in shape.

Clutch: A small handbag, usually with no straps or handles, that is designed to be carried under the arm or by hand.

Cross-Body Bags: Typically smaller in size, these bags are meant to be worn across the body to allow you be hands-free while on the go.

Hobos: Shoulder bags that typically feature a slouchy posture, scooped centre, and long shoulder strap.

Tote: Large, double handled bag with an open top and open main compartment.

Wristlet: A clutch or wallet carried on the wrist by a small attached loop.