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.

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