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Haute Handbags For Fall!
by Lakeysha Green

Need some help updating your look this fall?

One of the easiest ways to revamp your look is through the season’s hottest accessories. A well selected handbag can transform your look from average to A-list, with a simple swap of a tote.

Handbags dominated center stage as designers displayed sexy rouching, quilted totes, and perfectly sized clutches that resonate a sensible practicality. Chain strap purses, exotic fabrics and edgy metallic accents also added to the eclectic variety of hand bag styles available to eager fashionistas this season.

And if that’s not enough, studded bags by Marc Jacobs along with the embellished totes of Louis Vuitton, prove once again that in the world of glorious handbags, texture reigns supreme.

With so much arm candy to choose from, it’s important to select a bag that not only accents your clothing, but flatters your body-line as well. In this Q & A, we investigate the best handbag styles for balancing your look.

Q: I’m tall and often have trouble finding cute bags that balance my height. What would you suggest?

A: Tiny bags that tuck under the arm look out of proportion against a tall silhouette. Think size and volume to balance out a lengthy body-line. Slouchy bags, totes, clutches and oversize styles are top picks for bringing visual balance to your height.

Q: I have an average upper body, but I carry more weight along my hips and thighs. Which handbag styles work best for me?

A: To detract from full hips and thighs, select a hand bag worn on the shoulder with shorter straps. This brings the eye up and balances your upper body with the curves of your lower body.

Fuller on top? Bags with longer straps that hit the waist work best with your silhouette.

Q: What styles work best for plus size?

A: Curvy silhouettes are best balanced by structured handbags, and sturdy totes. Avoid flimsy fabrics and teeny prints.

Q: What handbag tips do you have for petite women?

A: Large bags will dwarf a petite frame. Small to medium size handbags work best at this height. Focus on embellishment and detail, instead of volume when selecting a handbag to accent your look.

So whether its an “of the momentapostrophe quilted tote, or a classic chain strap Chanel, remember to select handbag styles that flatter your body-line for an undeniably flawless finish.

Photo: Monica Feudi & Gianni Pucci, Chanel F’09 RTW, Courtesy

About the author:

Lakeysha Green is a Fashion Stylist whose passion is assisting her clients to create stunning looks and feel their personal best. Follow her each week as she tackles the toughest style questions in interviews with your favorite designers, make-up artists and more at