Remember a time when we didn’t feel we had to haul around enough stuff to supply a small army, every day, everywhere? When our purses were smaller than luggage and weighed less than a toddler?
While I do understand that sometimes circumstances just warrant having to tote a lot of stuff around, I’ve been making a concerted effort lately to size down my bags whenever I can. I’ve been pretty successful on weekends, and have a couple of smaller cross-body bags I’ve been using almost exclusively. For workdays, I’m hoping to transition to the “small bag + tote” formula. And for our upcoming trip, I’m planning to use a smaller, lighter cross-body bag for most in-town sightseeing days.
The Fashion Set seems to have received the memo as well. Where a Céline “luggage tote” was the must-have accessory a few seasons ago, the latest shots from recent fashion weeks show that the small Chloé “Drew” bag has achieved total It Bag Domination. (This one has no appeal for me, thanks to that skinny chain strap which I think would be quite uncomfortable once there’s any weight in the bag.)
When I peruse current selections of handbags in person or online, I’m shocked sometimes at just how heavy so many of them are, even smaller bags. Sure, there are fabric bags that weigh substantially less, but I just love the look and feel of a nice leather bag, and the polish it can add to even a casual outfit. Some retailers will list bag weights online, while others do not, but I’ve found the following elements often will affect the weight of a bag:
- structured bags will often weigh more than softer bags, as the leather needs to be thicker to hold the shape.
- hardware, especially clips and buckles…more and/or larger hardware adds weight
- interior organization…the more compartments, pockets, zippers inside the bag, the more it will weigh
- lining…suede or leather lining will weigh more than cloth
I’ve been researching what I refer to as “day bags,” small-to-medium sized purses that hold the essentials, but not much more. (By essentials, I’m thinking: wallet, cell phone, small tube of hand lotion, lipstick/balm/gloss, keys, a small compact or mirror, a small cloth to clean my glasses, and perhaps even a pair of sunglasses.) Your mileage may vary. Ability to be worn cross-body is a big plus in my book, though you may prefer a shoulder bag or even one that you carry in hand or over the arm.
What size bag do you carry regularly? Has it changed over time?
Here are a few that have caught my eye: (click arrow to scroll through selections)
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