There are bags we purchase with the intention of them being some of the most functional pieces in our rotation, and then there are bags that we purchase because we want to add a bit of fun and flair to our collection. While those things can co-exist, oftentimes, they don’t.
I’ve realized recently that function and practicality are not what made me a bag lover in the first place. Rather, my love for bags grew purely from the fun and fashion they bring to my life, and oftentimes I purchase bags because of that. There are bags that I know won’t be my most used but still feel like a good addition to my rotation for the possibility that they’ll be my most loved.
I was immediately obsessed when the Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie first hit the scene. From its cute and compact size to the bag’s staple Intrecciato leather, not to mention the rainbow of colors offered, I knew I wanted to add one to my collection. The BV Mini Jodie is the perfect example of what I mean when I say some purchases are made purely to fill that little hole in our hearts with joy, not quite a need in our closets.
Fashion Over Function
When I first reviewed the bag a year and a half ago, I gave it 3-stars for usability and function, stating that as fashionable as it is, it’s not the easiest to use. And while that’s still true, the Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie continues to be one of the most-used bags in my rotation, and yes, I’m surprised by that for a few reasons.
For starters, it’s small and compact and doesn’t have a longer strap, so it shocks me that I use it as much as I do during the day. As it’s easy to dress up or down, I find myself pairing it with day looks pretty often, as you’ll see below. And while I love a longer strap for crossbody use, the bag is tiny, and when pushed onto your forearm, your hands can be free for whatever. Being that I got it in yellow, I wrongly believed that it wouldn’t pair well with the majority of what I wear, but I was wrong. The pale yellow color, called Ice Cream, works well with much of my wardrobe, and as the weather warms up, it continues to be a favorite, and I would definitely consider adding a second to my rotation.