3 ways to shorten a purse strap

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Gap sweater xsp (similar & similar in petite), Ann Taylor pants 0P (love these; sized up), Nordstrom flats (similar with a great shape), Chanel mini flap bag (similar preowned)

I recently checked this little red bag off a longtime wishlist, and it reminded me to re-share some easy ways to adjust a bag strap! I typically find most crossbody bags to hit a little too long on me, but don’t usually give it a second thought since there’s several quick and effective fixes.

1. Criss-cross inside the bag flap

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Sezane cardigan xxs c/o (review), Gap jeans 24P (runs big; 2 other great white jeans from J.Crew & Madewell that are slightly less wide), YSL Kate bag, Ann Taylor shoes 5

The easiest method that I use often for my wallet on chain bags is to simply criss-cross the straps on the interior, and then close the flap. You can tie it on the interior to make it more secure, but I usually just do this for a quick fix since I frequently switch up whether I wear these bags as a clutch or crossbody. 

ysl bag chain strap hack

2. Tie inside with a ribbon

Use a slim ribbon or string to tie the strap on the inside. I love this since it keeps the straps securely shortened, but not permanent in case your tastes change. I usually like to wear my crossbody bags high up, but lately am kinda liking the longer look of this original strap length!

I’m using a colored ribbon for demonstrations purposes, but would usually use something that matches the interior color of the bag for it to be less conspicuous. 

red chanel bag purse chain hack

3. Use a chain strap clip (with other uses, too)

They sell chain clips in various metal finishes if you want a really clean look. I actually don’t love the design of the strap clip that I have pictured below, and think this strap clip would be easier to use! Reading through the product reviews, I’m liking the other use ideas as well (i.e. to secure a zipper as anti-theft protection, to attach a keychain somewhere).

chanel purse wallet on chain strap clip shortening hack
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  1. Adria Rolnik wrote:

    This is fantastic! I have (really good!) bags I don’t use because the strap is too long, and never thought I had options. Thank you for this! Adria

    Posted 3.4.24 Reply
  2. Kayla Dietrich wrote:

    It’s like you read my mind. I just purchased a new handbag & it’s just a bit too long. Thanks for the tips!

    Posted 3.4.24 Reply
  3. Christina wrote:

    Hi Jean! love our new red Chanel! Question – are you still enjoying your White Celine Luggage Nano bag? I’ve been eyeing this bag on the pre-owned market. Just curious if you are still enjoying yours?

    Posted 3.4.24 Reply
  4. Nicole wrote:

    Hi Jean, thanks for the info! Do you find that the strap on your Celine nano luggage bag is long? Any tips?It is long for me and I hesitate to get it professionally shortened.

    Posted 3.4.24 Reply

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