I like a small purse or no purse at all. I also don't like to worry about were I set down the bag or how I'm going to carry it. If it can't stay on my body I normally don't use it. This is an over the shoulder bag or you can also tie a knot on the strap and wear on one shoulder. You can get really creative with switching the color of the front scoop pocket or the straps. The bag measures 8 inches wide and 11 inches tall. There is a front pocket with a scoop cut out for easy phone separation access. Or anything else you want to separate from the part of the bag that you can never find. The strap is 55 inches long. At the hips for a small person, I'm a Women's size 18 RTW and full bust these 55 inches land at my waist.