Accessories for Plus Sizes: Which Handbag Should I Buy?

Today’s Guest Post is brought to you by freelance writer and soon to be author Terri Wallace.

Getting the Right Proportions with Accessories

Accessories can make or break an outfit, especially for those with larger silhouettes. The trick is to find accessories that play up your assets. No matter what your size, you need to choose quality purses, belts, and jewelry with the proper proportions to highlight your best features and downplay any flaws. Embrace your curves and use these tips for accessorizing full-figure fashions to flaunt them to their best advantage.


The contrast of a tiny purse with voluptuous figure will draw attention to a plus size figure and make you appear larger than you actually are. Fortunately, larger purses are currently very popular and can be found in a variety of styles and colors. Unlike smaller purses, more generously sized purses work well with fuller figures, but be careful not to get a bag so large that it overwhelms your figure…after all, you aren’t trying to hide behind it!

When you shop for a purse, make sure to try out the shoulder strap to ensure the strap is long enough to wear comfortably; some popular brands have a shorter strap which may not work well with a larger arms and shoulders, causing the purse to rest awkwardly under the arm or the strap to dig into the shoulder. Some handbags offer an adjustable shoulder strap which allows the wearer to modify the length of the strap for a more comfort. Some stores that cater specifically to plus sizes offer purses which are designed for fuller figures and take into account the shoulder strap size and other details to ensure comfort.

Purses are also an area of the wardrobe where it pays to splurge on a bold color or a vibrant pattern. While dressing in a single color is often utilized as a slimming technique, you can add a splash of color with your accessories without fear of drawing unwanted attention to any problem areas. Consider your accessories to be an investment in your wardrobe and be willing to pay for higher quality.



Belts are another accessory for which proper proportions are imperative. Fortunately, there are a number of belt styles and sizes that can work with fuller figures.

Wide Buckle Belts come in a variety of materials and widths. These belts are a good all-purpose belt that works better with fuller figures. These belts come in a myriad of styles and color, and they are a good way to add a pop of color to an outfit, and to create more definition around the waist.

Chain Belts can also be worn by curvy girls. Chain belts work well with flowing clothing like tunics and dresses. Choose a chain belt that consists of several strands of chain, rather than a single thin strand, in order to maintain the proportions of a fuller figure. Chain belts can add a substantial impact to an outfit and draw attention away from problem areas.

No matter what style of belt you prefer, make sure to choose a quality belt in your size. Never try to squeeze into a belt. Normally, the belt size should be two inches longer than your waist size measurement. Make sure to get a belt that fits comfortably and is not too snug. An ill-fitting belt will do nothing to flatter your figure.


As with purses, jewelry should be chosen with your proportions in mind. For example, a small chain bracelet can make a wrist look larger, but a cuff bracelet has a more substantial presence that is not overwhelmed by fuller figures. You should also keep in mind the “rule of like sizes” when choosing earrings. Larger figures benefit from slightly larger accessories. You should eschew smaller studs earrings for a more dramatic drop earring. Likewise, necklaces should hang at a comfortable length and be slightly bolder in style. And, as with the other accessories discussed here, a splash of color or bling will help draw attention away from any “problem areas.”

One caveat: When you select jewelry, make sure to purchase items that fit well and are well made. If rings are too snug, or bracelets too tight, it will only draw attention to the ill-fitting piece. Many stores offer “plus size jewelry” in larger sizes to provide a comfortable and stylish fit.

By investing in good quality accessories in a variety of styles, it is easy to enhance your wardrobe and draw attention to your best features while downplaying others.

Terri Wallace is a freelance writer with one husband, three kids, a clowder of cats, and not enough time. She is working on her first novel, and you can follow her journey at booklaunch-countdown.blogspot.com. She contributes on a variety of topics from fashion and lifestyle to education for sites including Catalogs.com.

  • http://www.hautecurvywoman Tovah

    This is a really great post. I think that so many plus sized women forget proportions. Like a purse – unless you’re wearing an evening gown, forget the tiny purses. They just don’t work for us, cute as they may be.

    Also, with jewelry, little tiny jewelry gets lost on us, whereas we are able to wear those “statement” items much better than our slimmer counterparts.

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