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Most Popular Straps for Handbags and Purses: The Complete Guide

Handbags and purses are more than just functional accessories; they are a reflection of our personal style and can make or break an outfit. One of the key elements that define the functionality and aesthetics of a handbag or purse is its strap. The choice of strap can dramatically alter the look and feel of the bag and influence your overall comfort while carrying it.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the most popular types of straps for handbags and purses, discussing their features, benefits, and how to choose the perfect one for your needs.

With 20 years experience in the field of handbag manufacturing, Mautto understands the most important part of a bag: the strap. Our goal is to provide you with the freedom to carry your bag, just the way you desire. And the strap is what makes that happen!

This guide covers the following types of popular straps, and concludes with a section on how to choose your perfect strap:

Chain Straps: Elegance Meets Versatility

Photos of popular chain straps on purses and handbags.

When it comes to handbags and purses, few features exude luxury and timeless elegance quite like chain straps. These interlinked metal pieces are synonymous with high-end brands and offer a touch of sophistication that can elevate any outfit. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, chain straps are also incredibly practical, allowing you to carry your bag in various ways.

Below are the key features and benefits of chain straps, to help you understand why they're a popular choice for fashion-forward individuals. View the full guide on selecting a chain strap for your bag.

Key Features:

  • Elegance: Chain straps offer a glamorous and timeless look that suits both casual and formal occasions.
  • Durability: Made from high-quality metals and finished in gold, silver, gunmetal black or antique brass, these straps are built to last.
  • Versatility: Chain straps are available in many lengths and can be worn crossbody, on the shoulder, or as a clutch.


  • Elevate your style with a touch of luxury.
  • Chain straps are low maintenance and easy to clean.
  • Length options ensure you can find the perfect fit for your body type.

Chain straps are available in the popular length configurations of: top handle, short shoulder, shoulder, short crossbody, crossbody and extra long.

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Leather Straps: Classic and Timeless

Photos of popular leather straps attached to purses and handbags.

Leather straps have long been a symbol of classic sophistication and enduring quality. If you're in search of a handbag or purse strap that stands the test of time and develops a unique character as it ages, leather straps are the way to go.

Leather straps are durable, versatile and develop a distinct patina over time, making them a top choice for those who appreciate the fusion of form and function. View the full guide on choosing the perfect length strap for your bag.

Key Features:

  • Durability: Genuine leather straps are strong and can withstand everyday wear and tear.
  • Versatility: Leather straps come in various styles, including flat, leather woven/braided, and adjustable designs.
  • Patina: With age, leather straps develop a unique patina, giving your bag character and charm.


  • Timeless elegance and versatility that complements various outfits.
  • Long-lasting and low maintenance, with occasional conditioning.
  • Customizable leather straps are available to match your personal style.

Leather straps are available in the popular length configurations of: top handle, short shoulder, shoulder, short crossbody, crossbody (fixed or adjustable configurations), and extra long.

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Fabric Straps: Colorful and Playful

Photos of popular fabric straps on purses and handbags.

For those who prefer a dash of color and a playful edge to their handbag or purse, fabric straps offer a world of possibilities. These versatile straps come in a myriad of patterns and hues, allowing you to personalize your accessory according to your mood and style.

Fabric straps are lightweight, have great customization potential and are an excellent choice for those who love to make a statement with their accessories. View the full guide on choosing a colorful fabric strap for your bag.

Key Features:

  • Variety: Fabric straps come in an extensive range of designs, from floral patterns to bold prints and stripes.
  • Lightweight: These straps are typically lighter than metal or leather alternatives.
  • Customization: You can easily swap out fabric straps to match different occasions.


  • Add a pop of color and personality to your bag.
  • Affordable and easily replaceable, making it a versatile choice for different seasons.
  • A great way to make a statement with your accessories.

Fabric straps are available in adjustable length configurations to fit your height, body size and preferences. They can be customized to fixed length, if desired.

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Crossbody Straps: Functional and Hands-Free

Photos of popular crossbody straps on bags and purses.

In our fast-paced, multitasking world, practicality and comfort often top the list of must-have features for a handbag strap. Crossbody straps offer precisely that: they allow you to keep your hands free, evenly distribute the bag's weight, and maintain security.

Crossbody length straps offer comfort, security, and adjustability, making them an ideal choice for busy days, travel, or anyone who values convenience. View the full guide on choosing your crossbody strap length.

Key Features:

  • Comfort: Crossbody straps are ideal for busy days, as they evenly distribute the weight of your bag.
  • Security: Reduce the risk of theft as your bag remains close to your body.
  • Adjustability: Most crossbody straps have adjustable lengths for a custom fit.


  • Ideal for travel and daily errands, allowing you to stay hands-free.
  • Minimize shoulder and back strain by distributing the weight evenly.
  • Keep your belongings secure and easily accessible.

Crossbody straps are available in fixed length or adjustable length configurations to fit your height, body size and preferences.

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Shoulder Straps: Classic and Convenient

Photos of popular shoulder straps on bags.

Shoulder straps are a classic choice for those who appreciate timeless elegance and effortless convenience. The simple act of draping a bag over your shoulder can define your style. Shoulder straps provide comfort, stability, and length variety, offering short shoulder (crook-of-arm) to longer shoulder styles.

They're the go-to option for daily use, offering a stable and secure way to carry your bag while still providing room for individual style expression. View the full guide on Shoulder straps versus Crossbody straps.

Key Features:

  • Comfort: These straps are designed for easy over-the-shoulder carrying.
  • Stability: Keep your bag close and secure, minimizing the risk of it slipping off.
  • Variety: Shoulder straps come in various materials and styles, from leather to fabric.


  • Classic and convenient for everyday use.
  • Offer a stable and secure way to carry your bag.
  • Available in a wide range of designs to match your personal style.

Shoulder straps are available in 3 popular configurations (short shoulder, typical shoulder and long shoulder lengths) to fit your height, body size and preferences.

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Detachable Straps: Versatile and Convenient

Photos of popular detachable straps shown on bags.

Imagine having the power to transform a single handbag or purse into various styles to suit different occasions and moods. Detachable straps offer precisely that versatility.

Detachable straps offer incredible adaptability and customization potential, allowing you to get more value out of your accessories by mixing and matching straps to go with your outfit, setting, or personal preference. View the full guide on customizing your bag with interchangeable straps.

Key Features:

  • Versatility: Easily switch between a crossbody, shoulder, or hand-carry option.
  • Customization: Mix and match straps to match different outfits or moods.
  • Functionality: Detachable straps are perfect for bags that you want to adapt for various occasions.


  • Get more value out of a single bag with versatile carrying options.
  • Match your bag to different outfits without purchasing multiple handbags.
  • Experiment with various strap styles and materials for a unique look.

Detachable straps are available in short to long lengths, petite to wide sizes, and various materials (chain, leather, fabric) to fit your height, body size and preferences.

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Choose the Perfect Strap for Your Handbag or Purse

When it comes to choosing the perfect strap for your handbag or purse, there are a few factors to consider:

  1. Style: Think about your personal style and the style of the bag. Are you looking for a classic, elegant look, or do you prefer something more playful and colorful? If a classic look, go for leather. If an elegant look, go for chain. If a play look, go for a woven non-leather material.
  2. Functionality: Consider how you plan to use the bag. If you need a hands-free option for everyday use, a crossbody or shoulder strap might be best. For versatility, a detachable strap is a great choice.
  3. Material: Different materials have different characteristics. Leather and chain straps offer durability and sophistication, while fabric straps provide a variety of colors and patterns.
  4. Occasion: Think about where and when you plan to use the bag. A formal event might call for a chain or leather strap, while a casual day out could be perfect for a woven or fabric strap.
  5. Budget: Keep your budget in mind, as different strap materials and designs come at various price points. Generally speaking, fabric straps are most affordable, with leather and chain materials are at the higher price points.

The strap you choose for your handbag or purse can significantly impact both its functionality and style. Whether you opt for the timeless elegance of a chain strap, the durability of leather, the playfulness of fabric, or the convenience of crossbody or shoulder straps, there is a perfect strap for every bag and occasion.

Don't be afraid to experiment and personalize your bag with detachable or woven straps to express your unique style. With the right strap, your handbag or purse will not only be a practical accessory but also a true fashion statement.

All photos in this guide were provided by Mautto customers showing their new straps, attached to their purses and handbags.

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