Handbags are commonly used as daily essentials for women to store belongings including wallets, umbrella, makeup, keys, etc. Occasionally, it is of vital importance for women to know how to measure the size of a handbag, to see how many of their stuffs can be filled inside or to compare how the size of a new handbag with the old one. When measuring the size of a handbag, you should start from the inside rather than the outside because the outside of a handbag would be much larger than the actual space to fit daily essentials.
Picture 1: Up to 6″
This kind of handbag can only hold some small daily necessities such as cell phone, lips, keys and some cards.
Picture 2: 6 ¼” to 12″
It can fit a small wallet, cell phone and some makeup.
Picture 3: 12 ¼” to 14″
It makes a good everyday bag with neither too big nor too small interior. It houses all the daily items with enough room for your back-up flats.
Picture 4: 14 ¼” to 16″
This kind of fashion handbag makes a perfect commuter for work as it can carry essentials covering documents, folders, laptop, a bottle of water and even back-up shoes.
Picture 5: Larger than 16 ¼”
A perfect carry-on with enough space for everything you need for a holiday.
How to Measure the Length, Width and Height of a Handbag
Usually, the length of a handbag is determined upon the base at its widest points regardless of its uneven shape such as slouchy bag.
However, for bags with inconsistent shape from top to bottom there are three measurements related with the length: top, middle and bottom.
A – Top
B – Middle
C – Bottom
The longest distance between the two sides at the base of a handbag is used to calculate its width regardless of any tapering in shape.
The distance between the base of the bag to the lowest resting point in its top center is used to calculate its height regardless of any variations in height elsewhere.
The length of the shoulder straps is calculated by the distance between the top center of the bag to the top center of the strap.
Straps with a length of less than 6 3/4” fit well for on the arm or being carried in the hands.
Straps with a length of 7” – 20 ¾” are perfect for carrying on the shoulder.
Straps with a length of more than 20” offer versatility for carrying since these bags can be worn as cross-body bags or messenger bag.
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