“How do you decide which handbag to carry?” “Are there rules about which bags go with specific body shapes?” Your questions and comments give me inspiration for many of my blog posts. Today, I share some of the things I consider when deciding on which handbag to carry. These are guidelines based on spatial and geometric reasoning rather than my opinions.
Guidelines for choosing bags include keeping proportion in mind. A large woman carrying a small bag is visually out of balance. If you have a large bust, you should avoid a bulky shoulder bag or clutch that might give you the appearance of three breasts. If one has a large bottom or wide hips, avoid large shapeless shoulder bags that add more girth in that area.
Women with a rectangle or athletic shape look great with a bag that is soft and unstructured. If you carry extra weight in your middle or behind, a medium-size, structured bag that you hold in your hand is your best choice.
Small to medium-sized structured bags with adjustable straps or chains are very popular this year. Animal print, reptile, and faux croc are huge trends for fall. This week, I’ve shown you how I incorporate touches of these trends with my basic wardrobe pieces.
On another day, I carried the same bag while wearing a charcoal gray shirt with white jeans and similar loafers. The neutral colors harmonize well with the reptile print. The shirt and jeans are several years old.
Accessories, including bags and shoes, draw attention. The best tip to keep in mind is to wear an accessory at your favorite spot. As we age, our feet change shape, develop bunions and visible veins. That’s one of the reasons I stopped wearing dramatic shoes a few years ago.
The super-comfortable red top is here. Similar jeans here.
Sneakers have never been more popular! These are comfortable without appearing too athletic. The small crossbody bag with a faux croc finish was from Ralph Lauren last year. Its casual attitude pairs well with a low-key look, including sneakers and jeans.
The tops in this post are all size small, and they were gifts from Shop My Fair Lady. The gray shirt is a couple of years old from Express. (I purchased it in size large to avoid gaps at the bust.) For perspective, I am 5’6″ (1.6764 m.) tall and weigh 137 pounds (62.1422 kg). My shape is an inverted triangle, and my style personality is classic.
I hope these tips are helpful and that you enjoy your weekend.
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