Reed Krakoff Boxer Satchel, $990 or Reed Krakoff Standard Mini Shoulder Bag, $525. Both via Net-a-Porter.

Although I’m something of a switch-hitter and can change back and forth between large and small day bags with relatively little thought (mostly because I work from home), it seems clear that most women either prefer something large and spacious or something smaller and easy to carry. Reed Krakoff, being a master of all things handbag-related, clearly wants to appeal to both groups with the Reed Krakoff Boxer Bag and Reed Krakoff Standard Mini Shoulder Bag, both in the same color palette of spring-friendly neutrals and brights. With both falling into the under-$1000 price bracket, which would you pick for yourself?

Even with my ardent appreciation for small, hands-free crossbody bags, I think the Boxer is the clear winner of these two options. Because of its larger size and more complicated design, you can see more of the ivory gussets instead of just the bright yellow body and beige top flap and handles. Even though the gussets are ivory on the smaller bag too, the increased visibility on the Boxer makes the overall design feel more balanced. Balance is perhaps the most important design consideration when effectively creating a colorblocked look, and the larger satchel edges out the smaller shoulder bag in this case. Buy the Boxer for $990 or the Standard Mini for $525, both via Net-a-Porter.

  • RITIKA

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  • Julie

    They look clasic and pretty.

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  • lintmag

    Always the bigger the better as I seem to carry my world around with me – but the handles have to fit over my shoulder!

  • Fiona-Brazil

    They are both nice.The big one for the day and the small for the evening, when you don’t need to carry so much stuff.Besides restaurant tables are normally small so where would you leave the big bag?

  • mochababe73

    I agree with lintmag. The bigger one is okay, but it just looks boxy and cumbersome. When shopping it’s important that the handles either fit over the shoulder or crossbody.

  • Sandra Rowley

    Unless you are out in the evening and we are talking cocktail dress, the small bag is completely useless to me. Neither bag is cocktail dress material. What can you actually put in that small bag…a lip gloss and your keys and a little money? I like the bigger bag for sure.

  • rose60610

    The large one looks awkward, though I like the strap detail. The small one doesn’t appeal to me in either design or color combination. I can get by fine with a small bag, but I wouldn’t choose this one.

  • J Umm

    naa size doesn’t matter, just get both if you can’t decide!
    STYLE DECORUM

  • Jen

    Both are adorable, but I’ve heard (though do not know personally) that the Boxer Satchell is cumbersome, heavy and hard to carry. Nonetheless, it actually holds items other than a phone and a lipstick. Until I’m rich enough to have someone following me and personally carrying all of my crap, I have to tote it all myself. Which means that for any bag, the bigger, the better.

  • Elyse Greenberg

    I LOVE the boxer – especially since yellow is my favorite color

  • Shirley J

    not when it comes to reed krakoff!!!! lol size doesnt matter

  • Alice

    Loving this – doesn’t matter which size cuz both have their own personalities and the colour is so cheerful!

  • Roya

    For sure the Boxer, the small bag doesn’t really have anything special that attracts my eye.

  • Jennie

    The Boxer is on its way to becoming a classic! I prefer it much more to that small bag.

  • camilla

    RK made a very original bag (on the left), I find it new and very nice