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What Size Handbags Should I Carry?

What Size Handbags Should I Carry?

Handbags have evolved from just a storage space into an important accessory. They make you look complete and even more fashionable. Choosing the right size of handbag can be tricky for some. So we’ll go into some factors you should consider while choosing the best size handbag.

How to Choose Your Handbag Size

There are a few factors that determine the size of your handbag. Some include;

Purpose of The Bag

You wouldn’t take a purse to a store instead of a shopping bag because it would not be suitable. Likewise, you need to choose the right bag size based on what you need it for. So you need a bag for work or sports activities?

Bags come in various styles and sizes, and one size doesn’t fit all. But if you want a bag that meets most of your weekly needs, for instance, an office bag, then make a list of the things you want to put in the bag.

Knowing the purpose of the bag will make your choice easier. If you need more items in the bag, consider a medium to larger bag. If the opposite is true, you can opt for a small bag.

Contents of The Bag

Another crucial consideration is the content of the bag or the things you use daily. You don't need a large bag if you’re a simple girl who only takes her phone, wallet, and maybe a powder pallet to work.

On the other hand, if you are a heavy packer, a larger bag may be ideal. You may want to take your laptop, charger, documents, sunscreen, some toiletries, and a pair of flip-flops. This automatically means you need a larger bag.

Body Size

As shocking as it may sound, your body size also determines the size of bag you should carry. The general rule of thumb is that petite people should only carry small handbags.

Now, the reason for this is the larger bag will likely be more disproportionate on the body.

What about tall or heavy-set people? Well, if you fall in this category, a larger bag is your best bet. Small bags mostly accentuate your height or size.


Your personality is an important factor when selecting the perfect bag size. You may be better suited to a smaller bag if you're more active. This bag makes it easy for you to move quickly and handle your daily activities.

Those who prefer a slower pace may do better with larger bags that can carry their essentials.


It is an unspoken rule in fashion to ensure that your bag matches the outfit. You wouldn’t wear a waist bag to a cocktail party now, would you?

Match your bags with your outfit for a better fit. If your outfit is casual, most small bags may be suitable. Small bags are also better for events and parties, as they don’t get in the way of dancing and having a blast.

If you’re wearing a dress, the best option would be a clutch body bag or a tiny handbag. A tote bag or larger bag is ideal for a sporty outfit like jeans and a T-shirt.

How to Measure Your Bags

The length, width, and height of bags determine where they fall in terms of size. Usually, a small bag is shorter and hangs slightly under the shoulders. Large bags may hang longer.

To measure the shoulder bag length, check the length from one seam to the other across the bottom of the bag. Other bags are measured from the base to the handle.

Which Bags Are Better?

Both large and small bags have their own unique purposes, and no one is better than the other. Both also have perks and drawbacks. We’ll examine a few below.

Benefits of Large Bags

Large bags give you more room to work with. They come in quite handy if you need to run errands without switching your bag. You can fit your daily items and even some groceries and snacks comfortably.

The disadvantage of this bag is that you can’t use it on every single occasion. It may not be suitable in certain circumstances, like parties.

Benefits of small bags

Small bags are practical and easy to carry around. They fit almost all attire and occasions. These bags are also the perfect size for people with various body sizes.

When it comes to style, small bags are more stylish than their larger counterparts. You’ll find more adorable designs in small bags compared to larger bags.

The only disadvantage of this bag is that it doesn’t hold much. You can forget your laptop or other larger items. Just settle for a phone and a wallet, among other things.  

Author: Seuruyalvi - Chief Designer 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.

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