“What about you? Do you hate big bags, love them, somewhere in the middle? For clarification, I’m not talking about a big bag for work or travel. I mean to carry to a lunch date or a day shopping, etc. To carry it for the style of it, not necessarily b/c you need to carry a ton of stuff.”

PurseForum member KimTX’s comment in the thread “I am falling back in LoVe with BIG bags” had me speculating: Is there such a thing as the “right” size for a bag? I mean of course, there’s me (and so many of you out there) who’d haul luggage around if it was something I really liked. Speaking of which, remember that gigantic red Hermès Haut à Courroies Katie Holmes (whose bag choices I simply adore) carried? Yeah, that’s the kind of big bag person I am. It’s (sometimes) justified too, because of course some of us do need to stow away our laptops, gym clothes, extra pairs of shoes and umbrellas as well as our children and/or significant others in our bags. Of course.

But then there are those of us who are content with carrying just a petit Jacquemus for our daily needs, and I secretly suspect that you guys have gigantic totes hidden in your trunks that may or may not have people in them….

Honestly though, even if a Jacquemus isn’t necessarily your daily carry, there are those of us who can condense our lives into a Chanel 2.55, a Balenciaga Hourglass or a clutch/pouch equivalent. And ever so often, these women (or men) are terrified that any bag larger than the aforementioned would overpower their frames and, as so many TPFers fear, that the “bag would wear you instead of you wearing the bag”.

So it isn’t just the load you need to carry around throughout the day, but also your proportions too is a thing to consider when judging a bag. Even then, a range of factors come into play, like petite wearers should wear smaller bags and taller users should opt for bigger purses. Top-heavy people should consider crossbody bags and bottom-heavy ones should go for bags that sit above the hip—the list is endless. I’m sure there are just as many variations to this as the number of body types that exist on Earth.

Don’t even get me started on the backpack-wearing crowd because why would a person purposely want to look like a mule, right? Unless you’re going to work I suppose, but even then are backpacks really formal? These are the questions that keep me up at night.

Speaking of work, which again brings me to the loads we carry, some TPFers are of the opinion that if they use a bigger bag they are more drawn to carrying extra, irrelevant things that they don’t really need. That is a legitimate concern I can relate to because why else would my backpacking friend carry a bicycle jack to a hiking trip we weren’t even cycling during? True story.

Additionally, some of us inevitably wind up carrying not only the bunch of miscellaneous flotsam that we absolutely can’t do without, but also a motley flock of every Avenger action figure there is. Not to mention the food and clothes of your little ones too. In fact, my mom’s leather tote now has a permanently debossed Spiderman-face on it! (It was my younger brother’s. I don’t play with Spidermen. I don’t know why I needed to clarify that, but I digress…)

Finally, if you do happen to stumble upon the elusive “right” size of a bag, something else seems to be off. Either the handles are too short, the crossbody strap is too long, or the bag doesn’t have feet. Or maybe it’s a “black hole” where all of your stuff gets lost. Perhaps it lacks the requisite top zipper that you absolutely can’t do without. Eventually, all of these shortcomings have you questioning whether there really is something like a “perfect purse”.

While in all honesty I am in no capacity to judge what size of bag a person should carry because, as Megs says so often, the heart wants what the heart wants. I’m sure I myself will soon be obsessing over the next oversized clutch which, in hindsight, seems like a bit of a paradox, but I’d love to know what kind of bag-person are you? Are you a micro, small, medium, large, extra large, XXL, north-south, east-west or inside-out wearer? Seriously, I’d love to know because I see the sizes or types of bags we prefer (and often the uniquely frustrating issues we face with them) as a celebration of diversity and freedom of choice.

Clearly Shakespeare too was indecisive when he wrote in Macbeth, “to each his own”. But I think ultimately he was a big-bag person at heart because I’m quite sure he also said, “a bag could never be too big”. Either him or Jennifer Lopez. Probably him.

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Kardie
Kardie
1 year ago

I carried large bags and totes when I worked, but over the years they took a toll on my lower back. Now, I carry crossbody bags which are comfortable and hold what I need. However, I still carry backpacks, when I have travel, simply because they are convenient and hands free. However, depending on where I travel I switch them around to the front to protect my belongings.

On a separate note you wrote “degress”, but is it “digress”? It always confuses me. Thx!

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  Kardie

There are several crossbody options that are still big enough for work though. May I direct you to the Sac de Jour? (That’s my favourite bag and basically my answer to all bag problems out there! Haha!)
Also, it is “digress”, thanks for spotting!

Lori
Lori
1 year ago

This is such a fun article and so well written! I am 5’3″, so I don’t like HUGE bags. I like a B30 or a PM vs.MM as a general rule. For travel I “pack mule” it with a backpack. And not even a high end one, a North Face backpack with those super comfy shoulders and adjustable straps galore. Of course, I also carry an overly expensive crossbody, size small, for my passport and wallet. 🙂

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  Lori

To each our own, Lori. But your North Face backpack sounds very comfy though, I might be slightly tempted to convert to backpacking now!! I just realised if there were “Pillow Backpacks” like all the pillow bags out there, I’d probably fall back on it and go off to sleep!

Katrina
Katrina
1 year ago

I love beautiful bags of all sizes though which bag I might choose to wear on a particular day will depend on what I need to carry. I admit that during the past year with few opportunities and little need to leave the house, I have carried smaller bags (Celine micro luggage or Prada cross body nylon), but I love my B35 and my giant BV intrecciato tote. I love them all…size does not matter!

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  Katrina

Indeed, each of our bags serves a different purpose and holds different memories! I’m glad you can choose depending on functionality (unlike me who’d drag his imaginary Hermès HAC everywhere!)

Julia
Julia
1 year ago

I love myself a big fat oversized Bebe, despite being 5’1 and teeny tiny ?

This is a well written piece and I agree that while small bags are super cute, we
Mostly need larger bags that can carry our lives and Spider-Man action figures.

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  Julia

Amen to that! Thanks Julia! And also Bebe feels really under-appreciated because they make amazing oversized bags, perfect size for all the avengers!

Leslie
Leslie
1 year ago

This was a super fun article to read. As a petite 4-11 sized woman, I prefer a small crossbody. That said I have carried a large black Balenciaga Weekender on a daily basis for a while circa 2010. My brother asked, why are you carrying around a black garbage bag? ha!

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  Leslie

Thank you so much Leslie and I am so in awe of the fact that you were able to downsize from the B. Weekender to a small crossbody! Also, who says garbage bags aren’t in (just look at Chanel!), but yeah the 2010s were a time for incredibly oversized bags, so I’d say you’re right on trend!

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
1 year ago

I’m not short, but I still don’t like large bags. I’m 5’7”, and I LOVE a small bag as long as it can fit my cell phone, I’m good. The only large bag I have is used for work only. Big bags just get in my way.

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago

I’m slightly tempted to say “You haven’t found the ONE yet” like they do in rom-coms but I’m glad you can rationalise your belongings to (probably) the only necessity. Hats off to you!

Justice
Justice
1 year ago

I love a huge bag! ?

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  Justice

Yay!!!

Cat
Cat
1 year ago

I’ve been blessed to have collected a lot of great 25-30cm size bags, so lately I’ve been obsessed with either micro mini bags, or extremely oversized bags. Fun article, thanks for sharing! 🙂

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  Cat

Thank you Cat (which is coincidentally what my younger brother, owner of said Spidermen, is fondly called!). I’m excited that you’re able to experiment with sizes now having found ones that you find comfortable. Also the great thing about an oversized bag is that you can always fit a micro bag (or two) in there!

Vlaibl
Vlaibl
1 year ago

Another great article! I say there’s something to love about bags of all sizes! Just depends on the day. As for backpacks, I fought my urge to avoid them at all costs while on vacation by getting an LV backpack. It was full of gummy snacks and diapers, but I kept my dignity! Haha!

Jan Krasnostein
Jan Krasnostein
1 year ago
Reply to  Vlaibl

What size lv backpack did you buy?

Vlaibl
Vlaibl
1 year ago

I have the sperone. It’s not huge but it’s big enough to hold my stuff and my son’s snacks, a diaper or two, wipes, and a little toy. It can’t hold changes of clothes or an iPad really.

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  Vlaibl

Thank you Vlaibl! To each his own (Spidermen/gummy bears and diapers) I presume, but indeed an LV Backpack is an uber-stylish (and dignified) way to carry them!

AJ
AJ
1 year ago

No such thing as too big a bag. I love it. The bigger the better, says me.

Sajid Bin Mohammad
Sajid Bin Mohammad
1 year ago
Reply to  AJ

Says me too! I might have just found my long lost twin!

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