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Strutting a handbag that lets you look and feel your fashionable best can go hand in hand. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “carrying a bag with detectable weight-more than 10 percent of your body weight-can cause improper balance.” A simple suggestion to relieve neck and shoulder pains associated with carrying heavy bags, as recommended on Oprah.com “Is Your Handbag Killing You”, is to use a handbag that has a shoulder strap that rides diagonally across your body-this way, the weight can be distributed better. Also, make sure to swap sides occasionally so that both shoulders get equal usage.

More style advice from Oprah.com “How to Find a Handbag That Won’t Hurt”:
1. Tote no more than 10 percent of your body weight
2. Look for bags with short handles
3. Use structured shape bags with compartments to keep belongings stable
4. Find bags with lightweight materials that are fairly flat and soft

Fashionable handbags satisfying these criteria are easier to find than you may think. “Take A Load Off” by Prevention Magazine showcases some style for your selection. Our very own Zoey messenger top handle tote was featured because of its minimal hardware and sleek chic look. Carrying a handbag with no studs, grommets, or heavy adornment can automatically lighten the load of your bag.

Being fashionable stylish and smart is easy breezy!

An inspired set featuring Zoey on Polyvore.
navoh handbags, bags, messengers, crossbody, tote

Another great crossbody messenger shoulder handbag style is Bari, which can be shop at Nordstrom.