Bag Measurements : How A Bag May Fit On You


Read our bag measurement guide to determine how the measurements of any of our luxury handmade bags would fit on you when carried over the shoulder, across the torso, or over your arm. 
 

BAG MEASUREMENTS: TERMINOLOGIES

 72 Smalldive Grey Top Handle Tote With Dimensions Explained

  • Length, Height, and Depth are the 3 most commonly disclosed bag measurements 
  • The above image shows what these dimensions refer to.
  • The length may often times also be referred to as the width of the bag. 
  • How dimensions are defined may vary from brands to brands; always browse the vendor's site for a glossary on what these dimensions refer to.
  • These 3 dimensions give you an indication of the volumetric space of a bag.

BAG MEASUREMENTS: DROP

72 Smalldive Grey Top Handle Tote With Handle Drop Shown72 Smalldive Shoulder Handbag With Drop Shown
  • The handle drop refers to the distance between the tip of the handle strap to the top edge of the bag
  • With the handle drop measurement, you can ascertain if the top handle may be carried through your lower arm and/or over your wrist.
  • Likewise, for the shoulder bag or a cross body bag, the drop refers to the distance between the tip of the strap (when fully hung) to the top edge of a handbag.
  • With the drop of a shoulder strap, you may ascertain the position of the handbag when it is worn over your shoulder or across your torso.

 DETERMINING THE "FIT" OF A SHOULDER BAG 

 Croqui Illustration Showing Varying Drop Lengths of Shoulder Bags


Shoulder handbags are designed to "drop" to the mid or lower waist of a torso. The drop length of shoulder bags may vary between 45 to 60 cm. Here are the steps to ascertain the position of a handbag when worn over your shoulder:

  • Verify the drop length of the bag
  • If the drop length is unavailable, you may derive this by dividing the total strap length by 2.
  • Measured to the given drop length with a sartorial measuring tape or any strap or ribbon. 
  • Place the measured tape/strap/ribbon at equal distance from the front and back, across your shoulder blade, near the end of the clavicle, allowing the tape hang downwards towards your waist. 
  • Where this tape/strap/riboon ends, that is the approximate position of the top edge of the handbag. 
  • Alternatively you may also measure your desired drop length and compare that length with the bag drop shown on the product page. Use the Croquis figure above as a guide for your measurement. 
  • For comfort, your shoulder handbag should rest at the mid (as shown in left figure) waist of your torso.
  • If you wish to wear your shoulder handbag across the torso, the bag drop length should end at your hip when worn over the shoulder.
  • If you plan to wear your handbag over a heavy coat, take your measurement with the coat on you. 
  • The drop length indicated is usually the maximum length. If the strap is adjustable, the drop length and the bag strap may be shortened. 

DETERMINING THE "FIT" OF A CROSS BODY BAG

Croquis Figures with Showing How Cross Body Bag May Fit
Cross-body bags are designed to be worn across the torso. Depending on your preference,the bag may be positioned at mid-waist or lower hip of the torso. When the bag is worn over a thick/heavy woolen coat, the bag may "ride" up from lower hip to mid waist. The drop lengths of of cross-body bags are usually between 50 to 65 cm. Here are the steps to ascertain the position of the handbag when worn across the torso:
  • Verify the drop dimension of the bag
  • If the drop dimension is unavailable, you may derive this by dividing the total strap length by 2
  • Measured to the given drop length with a sartorial measuring tape or any strap or ribbon. 
  • Place the measured tape/strap/ribbon across your torso: from your shoulder blade, over the clavicle, and diagonally across the torso. Do keep the strap at equal distance from the front and back 
  • Where the measured length ends, that is the approximate position of the top edge of the handbag. 
  • Alternatively you may also measure your desired drop length and compare that with the bag drop indicated on the product page. Use the above Croquis figure as a guide for your measurement. 
  • The drop length indicated is usually the maximum length. If the strap is adjustable, the drop length and the bag strap may be shortened.