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Best Handbags for Your Body Type

How to Find the Best Handbag for You

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Finding the perfect handbag for you isn't just about the latest styles and trends. When shopping, you need to keep your body type in mind. Not every handbag is for every woman.

Curvy

Framed Patent Bag
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Curvy or plus-size women should avoid slouchy, round bags. Look for bags that are boxy instead. Also avoid prints that are too big or too small. Small prints will make you look bigger than you are, while large prints will draw too much attention to your size.

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Slim

BCBG Max Azria Slouchy Hobo
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Women with a slim frame can add some curves to their look by picking a slouchy, rounded hobo or soft-body satchel. Avoid boxy framed bags.

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Petite

Piel Vertical Tote
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Wide totes can make short women look even shorter. Instead, select a bag that is longer vertically to elongate the appearance of your torso. Also avoid oversized bags, which can overwhelm your body and also make you look shorter.

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Pear-Shaped

Linea Pelle Dylan Satchel
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Pear-shaped women that carry their weight in their hips and thighs should look for bags that hang to the upper torso in order draw the eyes away from problem areas. Satchels and bowler bags are fashionable options. Avoid bags that hit at the hip.

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Thick Waist

Fossil Talita Crossbody Bag
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Thick-waisted or top heavy women should do the opposite of pear-shaped body types. These women should choose a handbag with a longer handle -- avoid those that finish around the bustline or mid-section. A hip-length crossbody bag is a nice choice.

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