A good rule to stick by would be: Wear the size that you are..petite: petite, large:large and wear your purse in the area where you may want more attention. Avoid wearing your purse in areas where you want less attention.
Your shoulders are more narrow than your hips. Your carry your weight in your hips and thighs. Your body or torso may be longer than your legs in proportion.
TIP:You want to avoid having your handbag hit you in line of the widest part of your proportion. This means nothing that sits on or by your hips or thighs.
TIP: You want to avoid wearing your handbag under your arm AT the chest level. Anything that crosses over your chest will exploit your chest as well. Purses will flatter you most carried by hand whether they be a handbag or clutch.
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TIP: You want to avoid anything that has buckles or detail on the purse strap that will add volume or attention to your widest part, your shoulders. A messenger or hip slug bag will help balance out your hips with your shoulders.
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Petite Body Type: You are under the height of 5' 5"
TIP: Avoid wearing a bag that looks like you could fit in. Keep your handbags petite like you!
Large and Tall Body Type: You're 5' 9" or taller and/or a plus size figure.
TIP: If you're a large or tall body type you want to avoid handbags are too small. This proportion will dwarf your size and make you look like a BIGGER person with and itty bitty bag.