A body language expert reveals all.
Below you will find that different ways of carrying a bag show different traits of your personality:
This is a popular holding position for professional women, especially those who are fashion conscious. The bag is clearly on display and can be seen immediately from most angles.
If the bag is held like this, it is often at the side of the body, which projects confidence as the front of the body is clear of all barriers. You often see women in the spotlight holding their bags in this way, including the Queen.
2. The tuck
You would usually hold your bag in this way if the style of the bag requires it, like a clutch. But if a woman tucks a bag that has handles under her arm, it sends signals that she’s relaxed and not overly concerned with her appearance.
The bag should never be gripped too tightly or squeezed against the body as this can send a signal of nerves or insecurity.
Aside from this not being the most practical way to hold your handbag, it communicates a sense of insecurity. Holding your bag in front of your body acts as a barrier to the outside world and holding your arm across your body further can send a signal of self-doubt.
4. The shoulder
A woman who doesn’t use her bag to hide the front of her body is usually very confident as it ensures the solar plexus is clear of any objects. When you wear your bag over your shoulder, the message you’re sending is that you don’t feel the need to hide behind anything.
It takes some practice to pull this look off effortlessly. It suggests a woman who cares a lot about the image she is projecting, and suggests one of two personality traits.
The first is confidence – especially if the bag is held to the side; this helps to display her bag without it obstructing the rest of the outfit.