Petite women have many challenges when it comes to fashion and accessories, and it can be tricky to find the right match to balance out the latest looks. From jewelry to purses, finding the right size to suit your petite frame takes a little trial and error. While designers roll out petite fashions and specialty cuts handbags and accessories also play an important role in keeping that stylish silhouette.
The right handbag can make you look thinner if you’re naturally stocky or athletic, or simply add some weight to your figure if you’re long and lean. The key thing to remember for the style-savvy petite woman: choose a shape that is the opposite of your body type. Being petite and carrying a too-small purse or bag will only overemphasize your smaller features. On the other hand, an overly large bag or tote is also unattractive. You’ll want to find the perfect match with a medium-sized purse, bag, or tote whenever possible, On your search for the perfect handbag, here are a few tips:
1. Choose a bag that is proportionate to your size.
Even though you’re looking for your opposite, don’t overdo it with an excessively large tote. The season’s best picks include hobos, satchels, and rounded ruched bags that are medium-sized. Structured bags will also give you a smooth and polished look. Top designers that offer structure and proportion: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.
2. Don’t carry a handbag under your arm.
The season’s classic clutches work best in your fingertips. Avoid tucking them under your arms as they will draw attention to your chest area and essentially create an unbalanced look. Pick up a carry-all style instead; top picks this year include Mulberry Bayswater, Bottega Veneta Ombre Tote, and the Louis Vuitton Onatah line.
3. Choose something that is opposite to your body type.
If you’re a tall and skinny petite, pick something that’s rounded and has some extra weight. If you’re short and muscular, look for slim silhouettes and rectangular or structured styles. Top designers to get this look right: Marc by Marc Jacobs, the Indy Bag by Gucci, or a classic Birkin.
4. Don’t be afraid to draw attention to the bag.
This season’s ritzy metallic looks and flamboyant colors are bold and will definitely catch the crowd’s eye. Use this to your advantage by finding the right size and adjust the shoulder strap (if there is one) to sit at the most flattering place on your body. Adjustable shoulder straps are a great way to keep things in order. The Chloe Paddington is a great choice in brushed silver, while the Miu Miu patchwork quilted tote is another attention-getter. Play around with different looks and see what fits with your personal style.
5. Use the miniature handbags for special occasions only
Avoid matching up your daily outfit or business ensemble with a miniature bag. These work well as accessories and are a step up from holding a wallet at party, but they don’t suit many petite figures quite so well. Look for simple details and elegant touches if you do pick up one of these for a night out; cross-body bags are another option to show off a a trendy designs and eye catching fabrics.
Shopping for the perfect handbag is an adventure for any woman, but petite women in particular have the challenge of finding the right proportion and style combinations. Make sure you have a chance to explore the variety of handbags available before selecting your loyal companion. Today’s designers offer plenty of distinct shapes and sizes that can be used to your (size) advantage.