Use, style important factors in making purchaseThink about the time of year and the handbag’s main use, said Kathy Cronin, vice president and merchandise manager for dressbarn. "Vinyl or synthetic materials hold up well for everyday use and are easily wiped clean. Leather bags are also a great investment, just be advised that the care of these bags may be a little more involved,” she said. "Also, women need to be aware of how they plan to tote their bags. If planning to carry heavier items, a bag with longer, more sturdy handles may be best to balance the weight and so it doesn’t slip off your shoulder. If holding lighter items, you may prefer a handheld bag.” Here are some tips for choosing the best handbag for your body type:
• Select a bag shape that is in contrast to your body type. In general, the rounder your figure, the more structured your bag should be. Voluptuous or curvy women may find it best to choose a rectangular, longer-shaped bag. A taller, slimmer figure would benefit from a slouchy, rounded bag.
• While the shape should oppose your body type for utmost flattery, the size of the bag should be in proportion to your figure. A woman who is 6 feet tall and a size 14 would look lost with a small hand-held bag. A petite size 2 would look besieged by an enormous slouchy bag.
• If you’re petite, opt for something long to provide height, such as a small saddle bag. Avoid wide, oversize tote bags that will make you look shorter.
• Women who are top-heavy should avoid carrying short-handled shoulder bags that finish around the bust area, as they will only draw attention there. A longer length that ends around your middle or a clutch purse will distract the eye.
• Women who are bigger in the midsection (waist, hips, stomach) should opt for a bag that hangs at their upper torso (just under the arm) to draw the eyes up.
• For an overall larger frame, try to avoid smaller bags. Select a more tailored bag that has a lot of definition and opt for medium to large size. If you are in need of a clutch, select one that is oversize. If you have a thinner frame, try to avoid long skinny-style bags. Instead, go for something broad, slouchy or less structured such as a hobo.
• Try a bag on before buying to see how it flatters your figure. Source: dressbarn