The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Handbag Strap for Every Body Type
Hello, beautiful bag lovers! Welcome to ZORNNA. I'm Seuruyalvi, and today I'm diving deep into the world of handbag straps and chains, especially for those crossbody bag situations. So, without further ado, let's delve right in.
Have you ever fallen head over heels for a crossbody bag, only to find that it dangles awkwardly around your legs or sits too high on your torso? Whether you're tall and statuesque or petite and dainty, the struggle is real. Mainstream handbags, from high street brands to luxury houses, often don't cater to every body type. But fret not, I've got some solutions for you.
1. Detachable Straps with D Rings
The first thing I'd recommend is to opt for bags with detachable straps that come with D rings. This allows you to not only switch up the look of your bag but also replace the strap if it doesn't suit your height or style.
2. Guitar Straps
Still in vogue, guitar straps are versatile and can fit almost anyone, thanks to their adjustable pieces. However, a word of caution: while they can jazz up your bag, they lean towards the casual side. I once owned a decorative guitar strap from Rebecca Minkoff, which, despite its beauty, clashed with many of my outfits. Plus, not all guitar straps are comfortable. I learned this the hard way during a trip to Budapest when a nylon strap left my shoulder sore.
Now, if you're on the shorter side, you have a few tricks up your sleeve. You can loop or crisscross straps, add holes, or even cut them to your desired length. But for those of us who are taller or curvier, the options are limited. Crossbody bags can be tricky, especially if they're too small or the strap is too short. For instance, I once owned a Chanel walk, and despite its long strap, it looked like a child's bag on me. Ideally, for someone of my stature (around 175 cm or 5'9"), the top of the bag should at least fall to the hip bone.
When it comes to micro crossbody bags, my go-to strap length is 140 cm or 55 inches. But with larger bags, like the Rainbow Fan Shaped Handbag, shorter straps work just fine. However, the downside to bigger bags is their weight, which can be a burden on the shoulders.
3. Leather vs. Fabric Straps
While leather straps exude a classic and luxurious vibe, fabric ones, especially those with intricate patterns or embroidery, can add a bohemian or casual touch to your bag. It's essential to consider the occasion and the outfit you're pairing with your bag. A leather strap might be more suited for a formal event, while a fabric one can be perfect for a day out or a casual brunch.
4. Adjustable vs. Fixed Length
Adjustable straps offer versatility. You can change the length based on your outfit or comfort. On the other hand, fixed-length straps can be a hit or miss. It's always a good idea to measure and know what length works best for you before making a purchase.
5. Exploring International Markets
Don't limit yourself to local vendors. With the world at our fingertips, why not explore international markets? Countries like Italy, known for their leather craftsmanship, or India, renowned for their intricate embroidery, can offer unique and high-quality straps that can set your bag apart.
6. DIY Straps
For the creatively inclined, why not craft your own strap? With a plethora of DIY tutorials available online, you can customize your strap, ensuring it's not only the perfect length but also a reflection of your personal style.
The world of handbag straps is vast and varied. It's not just about finding a strap that fits but one that complements your style, body type, and the occasion. Remember, a bag is not just an accessory; it's an extension of who you are. So, invest time in finding or crafting that perfect strap that elevates your bag game.
Author: Seuruyalvi - Chief Designer
My name is Seuruyalvi, as the chief designer at ZORNNA, I am responsible for overseeing the creative direction of the brand, from conceptualization to final product design.