We have an intimate relationship with our daily handbags. Not only do they carry what we need; they are also one of our accessories.
A few weeks ago I was at a café and overheard two young ladies having a discussion over the sizes of their handbags…
“With this bag; I can’t fit in much any more. I NEED to get a bigger one!” Girl A said to Girl B.
Now this sounded very familiar to me; as I – and perhaps many of you too – started out back-in-the-day choosing a girly satchel.
Many women would think having a shoulder strap a big deal, but I’ve never been fussy about having a shoulder strap or only handles. I know that I can adapt to either eventually.
Well, unless the bag is going to be used during travelling, in which case, I much prefer it to be a cross-body strapped shoulder bag. I wrote about my ideal travel bag in a previous post; please take a look here!
The very reason why I moved on to a slightly larger bag, was to avoid having to carry an extra bag (often a paper fashion bag; the ones we get from our shopping) to carry my folded umbrella; a cardigan and/or the shopping.
When I finally made the jump – from a small satchel to a medium size tote with only handles – I was happy. And every time I saw my female friends turn up with one or two extra ‘supporting bags’, I had a victory smile on my face!
‘Just get a bigger bag! It makes your life easier!’ Here I saw history repeating, so I suggested.
“No, no, once you go for the larger bag; it’s only going to get bigger and bigger!” “I have a small frame, I don’t want to end up carrying a giant bag!” And so on… My friends replied.
Point taken and they were damn right – you can get carried away with size! That’s why I ended up with my current daily bag.
At the moment I’m just about to swap my yellow mustard spring/summer bag to this burgundy autumn/winter bag. And clearly, this is the size I’m settled with right now.
With a bag like this, I can fit in: my make-up bag; a small camera; a folded umbrella; a jumper; my beret; a magazine and even some shopping!
I know that I still have room to grow; I mean, to get an even larger bag, so I can then fit in my DSLR camera. However; from hearing some ladies complain about their overly heavy bag which causes their shoulders and arms ache, I think this could be as large as I go.., well, at least for now!
Looking for a perfect bag is an important mission every woman has experienced. I personally don’t believe a ‘perfect bag’ has ever existed; if so, it’s very rare.
However, when we find the size that we want, we are already half way there!
Photographed by: Christian Balven