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Strap Usage & Fitment Guide

Choosing the right strap for your bag is important...that's why we created this guide for you!

When selecting your strap, it's important to consider the Length and Width because each has their own characteristics which change the look, comfort, and way you carry your bag.

(Leather color is also important when selecting your bag strap. To learn more about the leather colors we offer, please see the Leather Colors & Chain Styles page.)


Choosing a Strap Length

The strap length is measured from one end to the other, including the attachable hooks/hardware. Please note that "strap length" is different from "drop length" which measures the distance from the top of the strap to the top of the bag, when being worn (see our FAQ for a visual of this). We measure all straps by their length (from end-to-end) because the drop length depends on the type of bag, what type of clothing you're wearing (a heavy coat for example), your height, the position the bag is worn and so forth. By using the end-to-end length method, you can select the length that works best for your personal needs. Learn About Reducing Pain with a New Strap

The standard strap lengths listed below should work for most, however, we've found that it's really a personal preference. Only you know the strap length that makes carrying your bag comfortable and a pleasure. Here's how you can find the right length...

Mautto strap tape measure.To determine the length of strap you need, we recommend using a piece of string or yarn, attached to your bag, and adjusted until the length is just right. Measure the string from end-to-end to determine your strap length. Another method that often works well is to find another handbag you have that has the strap length you're looking to replicate. If possible, attach it to the handbag to see if it will work for the length you'd like to achieve. You can also request a free Mautto tape measure (USA addresses only, please) to help determine your perfect strap length.

We categorize handbag straps into 7 typical uses and lengths:

  1. Wristlet
  2. Short Handle (12 to 20-inch range)
  3. Shoulder (30-inch range)
  4. Long Shoulder (40-inch range)
  5. Crossbody (50-inch range)
  6. Extra Long (60-inch rage)
  7. Adjustable (22 to 60-inch range)

Please note: Most straps are available for custom order at lengths to fit your exact needs. Learn more about Custom Strap Orders

Wrist Straps - Starting from $15

Wristlet strap.

Wristlet straps fit around your wrist then attach to your bag, making them a great choice for smaller bags that need to be kept close (like a clutch) or wallet. Mautto wristlet straps have an approximately 5-inch opening for your hand to slip through. They are designed to fit most, while still being "snug" enough when placed on your wrist that it won't easily slide or fall off.

A wristlet strap can also be used as a keychain or even as a large zipper pull.

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Short handle strap.

Short Handle Straps (12 to 20-inch range) - Starting from $31

Short handle straps are used to carry handbags either as a top-handle (carried with your hand or over your arm), or, as a tight-fitting hobo-style strap. If you're a petite person, a 20-inch strap may work well to hold your bag tightly under your arm (as pictured).

Keep in mind, when attaching a short handle strap to a hobo style handbag, the weight of the bag will change the shape of the bag and increase the drop length quite a bit, sometimes double, so be sure to test this on your handbag.

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Shoulder strap.

Shoulder Straps (30-inch range) - Starting from $35

Shoulder straps are generally in the 30-inch range and are typically used to carry bags closely under your arm and close to your body. This is a popular length because the strap can also function as a top-handle for other bag styles, such as a tote. Many people like this length because it allows you to hold the handbag by the handle while you carry it on your shoulder, yet you are allowed to let go and be hands free while shopping.

The beauty of our detachable/attachable straps is that you're free to carry your bag any way you want. Simply attach the strap of your choice and go!

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Long shoulder strap.

Long Shoulder Straps (40-inch range) - Starting from $38

Longer shoulder straps are generally in the 40-inch range and allow your bag to hang down near your hip when worn over your shoulder (depending on how tall you are, of course). For the petite person, this length can often be used to wear your bag across your body, or often referred to as the "cross body" position.

When using as a cross body strap, this will have the top of your handbag sitting near your waist, depending on your height, weight and clothing.

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Cross body strap.

Crossbody Straps (50-inch range) - Starting from $41

Crossbody (or sometimes called "across the body") straps are generally in the 50-inch range. This type of strap allows your bag to be worn securely over your head so that the strap rests on your shoulder and the bag crosses your chest then sits around your hip area on the opposite side of your body (see picture).

This style is very popular because it allows your bag to be worn securely (in busy areas, while commuting or vacationing, etc), frees up your hands (to carry groceries, shopping bags, or even Baby!), and generally provides the most comfort. Even if your bag wasn't designed for cross body wear, it's usually possible to convert it using a longer, attachable crossbody strap.

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Extra long strap.

Extra Long Straps (60-inch range) - Starting from $47

Extra long straps have many uses and are a great choice if you're a tall or plus-size person, wear heavy clothing like a winter jacket, or prefer a low-hanging bag. This longer length is designed to provide a similar drop-length as our 50-inch crossbody straps, but for those that fall into the scenarios just mentioned.

It's possible to go longer than 60-inches, but the strap materials quickly become limited. Due to genuine leather hide size limitations, it's often not possible to go longer than 65 to 70-inches. Other materials, like canvas and nylon webbing, can be made into very long straps (by request).

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Adjustable strap.

Adjustable Straps (28 to 65-inch range) - Starting from $36

Adjustable straps offer the ultimate in flexibility. Our adjustable straps come in two forms: with our popular tri-glide "slider" hardware for precise tuning of strap length, or with "punched holes and a buckle" that have fixed adjustable lengths.

Adjustable straps range in lengths from 28 to 65-inches. Many customers elect for the 55-inch adjustable strap because its range can be changed quickly from 34-inches to 55-inches, making it seamless to convert your bag from a shoulder to crossbody style.

With a Mautto adjustable strap, you have the freedom to carry or wear your bag exactly the way you want! On your shoulder hanging low to your hip, across your body, or tightly under your arm. You decide!

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Choosing a Strap Width

The strap width is the portion of the strap that rests on your shoulder or in your hand (if used as a "top handle"). Generally speaking, the larger the strap width, the heavier a bag that can be supported. This is because the contact area of the strap increases as the strap width increases, which allows for improved weight distribution and comfort. This is particularly useful for anyone with sensitive shoulders (due to arthritis, for example). Learn more about Reducing Pain with a New Strap

Also interesting to note, a skinnier strap usually "sticks" on your shoulder better, helping to prevent your bag from slipping or falling off. As a rule of thumb, smaller bags generally use smaller width straps, and larger bags generally use larger width straps.

So the challenge becomes finding the right balance between usefulness (do I need to carry a large and heavy bag, or small and light weight bag?), comfort (will I be carrying the bag for extended periods of time and does it fit my body?) and look (does the strap look balanced with my bag?).

We categorize handbag straps into 6 widths:

  1. Extra Petite & Drawstring Straps (0.375-inch, ⅜-inch)
  2. Petite Width Straps (0.5-inch, ½-inch)
  3. Standard Width Straps (0.75-inch, ¾-inch)
  4. Classic Width Straps (1-inch)
  5. Wide Width Straps (1.5-inch, 1½-inch)
  6. Chain Straps (varying in width from ¼-inch to ⅝-inch)
Drawstring strap.

Extra Petite & Drawstring Straps (0.375-inch, ⅜-inch) - Starting from $32

An extra petite or drawstring strap is great for a minimal look on small bags. Drawstring straps do not come with attachable hooks (extra petite do, however) because they're designed to be knotted at the ends (and looped into or through your bag's existing grommets), or, used on a bag with a traditional drawstring closure (such as the LV Noe bag).

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View the multi-purpose drawstring strap, available in 25 leather colors, or, view the replacement drawstring for LV Noe and similar bags


Petite strap.

Petite Width Straps (0.5-inch, ½-inch) - Starting from $31

Petite straps are great for smaller bags, clutches, mini messengers, wallets or if you're seeking a petite or minimal visual look with your handbag. Petite straps tend to stay on your shoulder with less slippage. For bags that carry a lot of weight, try our "Classic" or "Wide" straps.

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Standard strap.

Standard Width Straps (0.75-inch, ¾-inch) - Starting from $32

Standard width straps provide good carrying capacity for small to medium sized bags, and offer a good balance between the minimal look of a "Petite" strap and the wider/larger look of a "Classic" strap. These straps are comfortable to wear and are double-stitched to provide good carrying strength.

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Classic strap.

Classic Width Straps (1-inch) - Starting from $35

Classic width straps provide great comfort and carrying capacity for medium to large size handbags and purses of all types. This is our most popular selling width and can carry heavier bags with ease.

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Wide strap.

Wide Width Straps (1.5-inch, 1½-inch) - Starting from $39

Wide width straps offer excellent strength and comfort for large shoulder bags, brief cases, diaper, camera or travel bags. These straps are great for carrying a lot of weight because they distribute the weight of the bag, easing stress on your shoulder.

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Chain Straps (varying in width from ¼-inch to ⅝-inch) - Starting from $24

Chain strap.Chain straps range in width from 0.25-inch (¼-inch) to 0.625-inch (⅝-inch). All Mautto chain straps are metal (can't be easily cut by thieves!) and can carry a good amount of weight depending on the chain style and thickness. Remember though, carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder with a chain strap, can quickly become uncomfortable. We don't recommend carrying heavy bags on your shoulder with a chain strap due to the increased pressure. A Wide leather strap, or a thick chain with leather shoulder/handle, is better suited for this scenario. That said, chain straps are great for communicating elegance, sophistication and class, which generally translates to fashion/style rather than function.

All Mautto luxury chain straps have the look and feel of fine jewelry and come with hooks that are ready to attach to your bag. Chain straps match with almost any bag material/color, making them an excellent (and elegant!) choice.

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Wear Your Bag the Way YOU Want

With a Mautto strap, you have the freedom to wear your bag exactly the way you want. There's no need to worry about how a bag will look or hang with the strap it came with. Now, that choice is yours, with a strap that fits your needs, mood or style!

Have you found a handbag you absolutely love the look of, but wish it had a different length strap, different color or was thicker/more sturdy? Well, now you can get that bag and add a custom Mautto strap so your new bag is just the way you want it!

If you have questions or need guidance with selecting your strap, please feel free to contact us today.