Handbags to flatter your body shape

I have been dubbed the handbag queen as I do own quite a few handbags and one of the things I specialize in is buying and selling bags, whether it be a vintage bag, designer bag, quality branded bag or a used leather bag, lets say I know a thing or two about handbags.
So I could write a blog on the different components, whether it has a flex frame or 40mm D rings or a U-shape press clasp fastening, but that’s only going to make me sound like more of a geek than I already am, and that’s not going to help you out much.
But I’ve thought of a way that might help you out somewhat…..
“How to choose a handbag to flatter your body shape”

Now we’ve all heard of making sure we are wearing the right fit dress or the right cut jeans ( if you want tips on jeans to flatter your butt then check out my previous blog HERE ) but I bet you haven’t thought too much about the bag you are carrying can make you look out of proportion. So here’s a few quick tricks on choosing the best handbag style for you.

1cd7e38105d18246833256ae73c9762f h9991471_001bodytypepear_qkqb49Top heavy  or apple shape ladies should avoid large shoulder bags that sit between your underarm and waist as this will add bulk to this area and only make this part appear wider, (instead opt for a cross body bag that will sit low on your hips) However if you are a pear shape with narrow shoulders, average bust but larger hips then the large shoulder bag will flatter your body shape by adding volume up top and balance out your hips creating an hourglass silhouette.

 

You hourglass ladies can carry any style of bag as your bodies are already balanced, but you do have something to consider…
Size…. So our plus size hour glass ladies should never carry a small bag, this will only make you appear larger in comparison, equally, our petite hour glass ladies should refrain from carrying too oversized bag as you will appear smaller by comparison.
My last little tip is try a backpack as they suit all body types, if that’s your thing!

I really hope this has helped you out somewhat when choosing your handbag, if you have and queries or would like me to go into more detail on this, please feel free to contact me

 

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My fashionation with Chris Francis Shoes

*Splashes cold water in your face*

Wake Up! I understand the boots you’ve just seen are absolutely faintworthy but read on….

So, there I was waiting in the Post Office que scrolling through Instagram at fashion/vintage related pics (and the cute dogs, double tap, love them all) when WALLOP! these boots jumped out at me, I’m sure I felt the force of the platform up the back of my head!
I can not believe these platform boots, but they look so much like originals, I thought they had to be vintage Terry de Havillands?!
They wouldn’t look out of place on the feet of Brian Connolly of Sweet stomping around belting out Blockbuster on Top of the Pops in ’73

But no, these feet sculptures are the work of shoe designer & maker Chris Francis, in L.A

He creates one-of-a-kind shoes by appointment only, and custom-sized for every client (lucky b*stards). Including a string of celebrity customers. He finds inspiration in every aspect of his life from his favorite books, to the music he listens to, to a flea market find.  All of his shoes are handmade with no technology involved, just a few pieces of hand-powered old shoemaking equipment. “The only technology I use is my iPhone for music,” he says.

His Instagram has some great pics of the process of the shoes being made step by step in his studio @chrisfrancisshoes

Artist in Action

"Untitled" by Chris Francis. On display at Craft and Folk Art Museum. | Photo: Courtesy of the museum.

Really now?! just stop!
Google him, and if you’re ever in L.A get him to send me over a pair of the Biba-esque black and gold peep toe Mary Janes in the photo above, size U.K 5, right!

The Secret to Wearing High Heels Without Pain

So this a repost from Fashion Stylist Leslie Christen I will definitely be trying this out…
If you’ve ever hobbled home after a long day or night in heels, this is the tip for you!
Tape your third and forth toes (counting from the big toe) together – We recommend nude medical tape for a low-profile look, but Scotch tape works in a pinch- to alleviate pain in the ball of your foot.
Sound crazy?
Here’s the reasoning:
There’s a nerve that splits between those two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put upon it, (a.k.a. when you wear heels). The tape removes the strain on the nerve, allowing you to dance the night away.
You’re Welcome!
Let me know if any of you try this out and if it works for you, or have you already tried this? what do you think?