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.
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.
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.
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.