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It’s a bag deal

Take your body type into account when buying a bag. Shruti Dargan tells more.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 13, 2010 14:27 IST
Shruti Dargan
Shruti Dargan
Hindustan Times

Just spent a bomb on a highly fashionable and expensive bag? Take a minute to check if it compliments your body type. Handbags, like clothes, can conceal or highlight physical imperfections because they focus on a part of your body. The tips below can come in handy to help you match your bag with your height and frame.

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

“Such women have the liberty to carry off just anything. Small and big totes and even the oversized ones look just fine,” states Mahadevia. Nanda advises such women against hobos or ‘gourd’ like stuffed-look bags. “They should try a medium-sized handbag that ends just above their waist and accentuates the waistline,” asserts designer Nida Mahmood.

Tall and slim
“All shapes look great on women who are tall and slim,” says designer Peachy Bawa of the designer line Basta. Oversized handbags, shoulder bags and clutches are recommended. “Such women should not carry anything too long or thin,” explains Nanda.

Plump women should carry “oversized bags and envelope clutches because they go well with them,” advises Mahadevia. Go for the petite bags, but not the ones that are too tiny. “Angular bags suit plump women but they should avoid hobos,” cautions Mahmood.

Plus size
Avoid hobos, handbags with short straps and the short handbags. “Larger and wider handbags look great because they make the women look small,” explains Mahmood. “Avoid zippers, buckles and nail heads,” Bawa points out.

Know your bag

Backpack Handbag: A large handbag designed to be worn like a backpack. It can have one or two shoulder straps. Can be carried by both or by one strap like a sling bag.
Baguette: A long and narrow handbag.
Clutch: A small handbag, usually with no straps or handles, designed to be carried under the arm or by the hand.
Cross-Body Bags: Small sized, meant to be worn across the body to set your hands free on the go.
Hobos: Shoulder bags that feature a slouchy posture, scooped centre, and long shoulder strap.
Tote: Large, double handled bag with an open top and compartment.
Wristlet: A clutch or wallet carried on the wrist by a tiny attached loop.

First Published: Jun 13, 2010 13:42 IST

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