dorayme. See my post #7 above. The easiest way to think of this is when carrying on the same shoulder, the bag does not hang perpendicular or straight down from the shoulder. It hangs a little away from the body due to the hips. If you hold the strap ends of the curved strap straight up and down in front of you, you'll see that the top of the strap is not parallel to the ground like a straight strap would be. If you then angle the strap so the top is parallel to the ground, you'll see how the bag will naturally hang a little towards the shorter end. Having said that, I'm all for whatever feels more comfortable and agree with your cross body carry thoughts.
Originally Posted by dorayme
I now will have to experiment with my strap as I am confused. . .
As always, whatever works best or feels better for you.
The revelation that I have in the past carried curved strap bags "the wrong way" has made a huge difference in how comfortable they are to carry. I always positioned the curve so the inner edge was towards my neck. I still do so when carrying cross-body (otherwise it cuts into my neck) but now when carrying on a single shoulder I postiion it the opposite way. SO MUCH EASIER to shoulder the weight and keep it on my shoulder.