While it is convenient to choose fashion over function when it comes to shoes and handbags, it might not be the best thing to do. The reason is simple; ergonomics. It won’t be long before your ignorance of ergonomics takes a toll on your shoulders and feet. Continued stress and load on any one side of the shoulder can lead to chronic neck pain, shoulder pain and lower back ache. It could also affect your posture and make you slouch.
If you are carrying your handbag inappropriately, you can also expect your center of gravity to shift and your upper trapezius muscles to unnecessarily stiffen. Investing in a handbag that gives you more options than to simply carry it on side, is a better alternative.
A practical solution
However, following ergonomics does not necessarily mean compromising on your fashion quotient. Owing to technological advancements, we do have a wide range of choices in designer brands like Gucci, LV, Chanel etc that give us the option to choose more comfortable handbags.
You can pick a cross-b0dy bag from any one of these brands and reduce the load on one side of your body. A cross-body bag is more efficient at distributing the weight throughout your body. This significantly reduces the strain on your shoulder and keeps annoying aches at bay.
A purse or a handbag that has different strap options is ideally what you should consider investing in. You can switch between carrying it over the shoulder, cross-body and holding it as a clutch. This will reduce the stress on your overused trapezius muscles.
Among LV handbags that go over the shoulder, the Clery Pochette is one such piece that can be worn on the shoulder, as cross-body and carried as a clutch by the top handle. Needless to say, it runs high on the fashion quotient while being functional at the very same time.