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Handbag Styles

Handbags come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Follow our simple guidelines to determine which type of bag is right for you.

Tote
Tote

A bag with an open-top design and straps or handles.

Clutch
Clutch

A typically small handheld bag commonly used for formal wear.

Satchel
Satchel

A large handheld bag with short straps.

Hobo
Hobo

A bag with a scooped top and a long shoulder strap.

Shopper
Shopper

A bag with an open-top design and shoulder straps.

Barrel
Barrel

A small round purse with a long shoulder strap.

Messenger
Messenger

A utilitarian bag with a flap-over design and a long shoulder strap.

Bucket
Bucket

A large bag with a deep, vertical interior and short handle.

Shoulder Bag
Shoulder Bag

A small bag with a long strap looped over the shoulder.

Cross-Body
Cross-Body

A bag with a long shoulder strap that is worn across the body.

Wristlet
Wristlet

A small purse or wallet with a wrist strap.

Body Types

Inverted triangle shape

Inverted Triangle Shape

This body shape has shoulders broader than the waistline and hips. To draw attention away from your upper body, choose handbags with longer straps that highlight your slender hips.

Handbags for You:

  • Cross-Body
  • Hobo
  • Messenger
  • Shoulder
Triangle shape

Triangle Shape

This body type has a wider waistline than shoulders with wonderfully rounded hips and bottom. Handbags that hit between your natural waist and just above your hips can visibly create the illusion of broader shoulders for a more-balanced figure!

Handbags for You:

  • Satchel
  • Barrel
Athletic shape

Athletic Shape

The athletic shape is long and lean with the same width at the shoulders, waistline and hips. Handbags that rest against your natural waist give you a slightly slimmer waist for a more balanced figure.

Handbags for You:

  • Hobo
  • Satchel
Hourglass shape

Hourglass Shape

Considered to be a perfect body shape, this body type has balanced hips and shoulders with a well-defined waistline. Lucky you Ñ you can carry any bag you want! Just remember to keep it proportionate to your body size.

Handbags for You:

  • Clutch
  • Tote
  • Wristlet
Apple shape

Apple Shape

This body size usually has a fuller bust and a less-defined waistline with more narrow shoulders and thighs. A wider bag will help balance your figure.

Handbags for You:

  • Shopper
  • Bucket