What that handbag is doing to your body

There’s a right and wrong way to shoulder a heavy purse

Heavy purses, totes and messenger bags put a lot of stress on your bones, joints and muscles without you even realizing it. Over time, they can cause permanent damage and changes in your posture.

The weight of the bag is supported by muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments from the neck all the way to the knees. Take a look at all the points in the body that help support the load.

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Never fear! There’s a way to remedy the stress and look good doing it. Crossbody bags are trending now — and they actually are the best way to wear a bag. Here’s what you need to know:

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