As much as we love to indulge in the latest bag trends, following them blindly is a big fashion faux pas. You might not know this, but knowing your figure and finding the perfect bag shape that flatters it is crucial. From slim to curvy body shapes, we’ve prepared a guide for you to search for the perfect carry-on that best suits your silhouette. Once you get a handle on it, next comes the fun part — shopping for the right purse. Trust us, you’ll start receiving compliments in no time.
If You Have an Inverted Triangle Body Shape
What it is: Broader shoulders than hip and waist.
Pro tip: For girls with a broad set of shoulders, opt for bags that accentuate your waist and hips. Naturally, it’ll divert the attention away from your shoulders and to your waistline. We’d recommend crossbody bags that fall on your hips, or even belt bags. Make sure they are not oversized so that they don’t make the bottom half of your body look heavy.
If You Have a Rectangle Body Shape
What it is: Shoulders, waist and hip are of the same size.
Pro tip: Since your figure is relatively oblong, it is best to avoid structured bags (like Celine’s Luggage totes) which will make your body appear too rigid. Choose wider bags that have a slouchy shape — it will add curves to your body. Hobo bags, oversized tote bags and soft leather clutches are your best bet.
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If You Have a Pear Body Shape
What it is: Shoulders and waist are narrower than hip.
Pro tip: If you carry more weight on your hips and thighs, bags with shorter straps will suit you best as they will hang higher on your body to create a more balanced overall appearance. Avoid crossbody bags that hit your hips — they will make you look heavier waist down. For fans of belt bags, keep the strap short and sling it across your chest rather than strapping it to your waist.
If You Have an Apple Body Shape
What it is: Shoulders and hip are narrower than waist.
Pro tip: Avoid splurging on fancy minaudieres (case bags) or Jacquemus’ micro-bags as these puny accessories will likely disappear against your figure. Choose wider and structured bags that are more apparent and have more depth. Think of Saint Laurent’s Sac de Jour or Givenchy’s GV3. Make sure to get them in medium-size, or larger for visual impact.
If You Have an Hourglass Body Shape
What it is: Shoulders and hips are well balanced, while waist is narrow
Pro tip: This body shape allows you to work with bags in all shapes and sizes (#blessed). We suggest you go for classic bags for work days. You can explore your bolder side during the weekends with more adventurous seasonal pieces. Shop away.