How to Match Your Bag to Your Body Type

Step up your accessory game by picking a tote that complements your assets.

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Style doesn't come in isolated parts—you have to think of the head-to-toe picture: apparel, accessories, beauty. We've already uncovered how to match your earrings to your hairstyle and how to pick a hairstyle according to your neckline. This time, we're breaking down the rules of matching your bag to your body type. Believe it or not, there are some styles better suited to your physique. "Finding [a bag] proportional to your body is essential in creating a flattering complete look, not to mention the right bag can visually take off pounds!" says personal stylist Remy Johnson. Read on to get her top tips for picking out the right carrier. 

First thing's first: determining your body type. According to Johnson, all women fall within the following shapes: straight, pear/spoon, hourglass, inverted triangle and oval/diamond. You can figure this out by looking at the shape of your waist down to your hip line and comparing to the below descriptions.

Straight: Waist, shoulders and hips are the same size
Pear/Spoon: Hips are larger than the bust and the waist gradually slopes out to the hips
Hourglass: Well-defined waist, and bust and hips are same size
Inverted triangle: Hips are smaller than shoulders and bust
Oval/Diamond: Waist is larger than the bust and hips

Now, allow Johnson to tell you which bag style works best for you and check out some celeb style inspiration. 

Straight
Body
"Wider bags with a slouchy shape should fall right at the natural waist to create curves for your body type. Bags should not fall past the hips because you will not get the benefit of added curves. The hobo bag was made for you!"

Kate Bosworth and Paris Hilton sport hobo bags.
Kate Bosworth and Paris Hilton sport hobo bags.
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Pear and Spoon Body
"Don’t go too long with the straps, as this draws the eye down and brings more attention to the hips. Bags should hit between your natural waist and hips to make your shoulders appear broader and balance your figure. Go with a satchel bag."

Rihanna and Iggy Azalea choose short-handled satchels.
Rihanna and Iggy Azalea choose short-handled satchels.
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Hourglass Body
"This body type works well with all bag shapes, but the trick is keeping the size proportional. The size of the handbag should be proportionate to your unique stature. Short and petite women appear taller with small handbags and shorter with large handbags. Tall women appear larger with small handbags and look best with midsize, large and over-sized styles. Experiment with different types of bags and sizes to find the perfect fit."

Note the proportion difference between Kim Kardashian with a small bag versus a big one.
Note the proportion difference between Kim Kardashian with a small bag versus a big one.
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Inverted Triangle Body
"Opt for longer straps to balance your top half and bottom half, and attract attention to the smallest part of your body—your hips. Cross-body bags are the best fit for you!"

Jessica Biel and Audrina Patridge wear crossbody bags.
Jessica Biel and Audrina Patridge wear crossbody bags.
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Oval and Diamond Body Types
"Go for larger, boxy bags because they will complement your curves; don't go too small because the contrast against your body will make you look larger. If you have a large bust, avoid shoulder bags and messenger bags because these will draw attention to your chest. Give large tote handbags a try!"

Lena Dunham's boxy bags.
Lena Dunham's boxy bags.
(Source: FameFlyNet)

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