Gucci Python Stirrup Top Handle, $4700 via Saks. Gucci 1973 Python Small Top Handle, $2400 via Saks.

With so many choices in life, it’s somewhat amazing that we don’t all become hermits in the throws of deep existential crises. Skim or 2%? Decaf or regular? Heels or flats? To UGG or not to UGG? Even thinking about it makes me a bit dizzy. And if you’re a fan of python and Gucci python in particular, you’ve got another choice to make for fall – big or small?

The Gucci Python Stirrup Top Handle and Gucci 1973 Python Small Top Handle may be made out of the same yellow-green dyed python, but they sit at opposite ends of the size spectrum. One is a bag big enough for your everyday life, the other is so petite that I’d only advise that you use it for a night out. Which way would you go?

The big bag is more than twice the width of the little one and has a price tag to go along with it, although the little guy isn’t exactly a bargain either. (In my opinion, Gucci overcharges for its exotics relative to other luxury brands, but someone out there seems to be buying them anyway.) If it were my choice, I’d pick the smaller option. The bold python does well with structure, but the larger bag feels too rigid to me. The hard edges work much better when the bag is diminutive, and this runway version is the perfect size for a night out. Buy through Saks for $2400, or get the larger version via Saks for $4700.

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