Perfect Handbags for Petites

Shopping for a new handbag can be a lot of fun yet daunting at the same time.  Regardless of the brand you are drawn too, there is a perfect bag for everyone.  Being a petite (anyone who is 5’4” and under), I’d suggest looking for a handbag that is small to medium in size.

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Kate Spade NY Jackson Triple Gusset Pebble Leather Cross-body Bag

These come in several colors: Chocolate Cherry, Black, Brownstone, Warm Gingerbread, Rosey Cheeks, & Stoplight Red.

Carrying large handbags and totes is sometimes necessary, but it can overwhelm a petite frame and make you look even smaller than you really are.  I will say that I do love my LV Neverfull, but I do look a little ridiculous carrying it around… Its bigger than me!  If you must carry a tote to work or a diaper bag, I’d suggest bringing a small clutch or cross-body to throw inside of it.  When you are out running errands or popping into a store quick, you won’t need to lug around everything you own, and you’ll look more proportionate.  These handbags from Kate Spade New York are fantastic and are usually on sale for 60% off at the outlet stores.


From Left to Right

ALDO | B& E LIFE | Longchamp | Tory Burch

Backpacks are another great option for petites, since it does not add any visual bulk to the front part of the body.  The key here, is to go with the right size, and to know where you carry your height.  If you have a shorter torso area, it’s important that the bag does not fall too long on your backside.  There are so many amazing backpack options out there.  Plus, your hands free! 


Clutches are the smallest of all the bags and they only hold the bare minimum.  I advise petites that are on the thinner side to go with a smaller clutch, and vice versa.  The key here is staying in proportion with your body size.  Clutches are a great option for a date night, formal event, or to just toss in a large tote to carry your essentials. 

Silver | Ivory | (Similar) Black | Straw

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Published by Petite Tomatoes

I teach petite woman how to feel confident in their clothing.

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