While taking in the collections in Paris earlier this month, we were conflicted: are bags shrinking or growing? Designers like Valentino and Givenchy seemed to downsize to the extent that itty-bitty purses wore more like statement jewelry. Meanwhile, at Céline, Off-White, and Balenciaga size was so exaggerated they seemed to suggest luggage would be the next It-bag. But then we realized—it’s not either/or, but rather that our options simply run a wider gamut. To help you navigate the varied offerings, we’ve charted out the sizes of the season to help you choose what’s best for you.
SIZE: 3” x 6”
WHY IT’S THE BAG FOR YOU: A teeny-tiny bag functions like a wink: tiny, yet conspicuous and cheeky in intent. The woman that opts for such blatant impracticality (some micro bags can’t even fit a smartphone) is someone who favors whimsy to reason—in other words, probably the life of the party. A party is, in fact, the only sensible place to bring a bag too small to house anything actually needed for day-to-day living.
WHAT’S INSIDE: Hot pink lipstick, Le Labo travel size perfume, a compact, breath mints, a credit card, and a hotel room key.
SIZE: 7.5″ x 9″
WHY IT’S THE BAG FOR YOU: Consider the mini bag the KonMari Method of accessories—a quick way to simplify and declutter. Even if life can be unpredictable, it’s about knowing exactly what to expect when you open your handbag. The best part is that there’s a certain luxury afforded someone purposeful enough to not to overstuff their purse: she can choose one based on form rather than function, since she’s never weighed down by superfluous extras.
WHAT’S INSIDE: Small wallet, Go Ken Do cleansing wipes, blush, YSL Touch Éclat, chewing gum, car keys, and a book of matches.
SIZE: 12.5” x 12.5”
WHY IT’S THE BAG FOR YOU: Medium is for a woman seeking a bag with purpose, and by that we mean she needs to know a 70mm Manolos cant fit inside without having to force it. The midsize belongs to multi-tasking, crosstown doers who want to be prepared, and the contents of the bag reflect the organized chaos of her busy life. It’s about knowing what to expect inside, while also having room life’s miscellany.
WHAT’S INSIDE: Valentino wallet, Manolo Blahnik satin pumps, Valextra pouch filled with makeup, iPhone boost case, a pair of sunglasses, and an apple.
SIZE: 15” x 14.5”
WHY IT’S THE BAG FOR YOU: If you want the freedom to throw whatever you want into your bag—even at the cost of regular visits to the chiropractor—but you also want to look polished and appropriate for day-to-day city life, the oversized tote is your solution. Seemingly bottomless, a giant shopper doesn’t judge when you want to mix gym clothes with a Tupperware full of lunch—it has an open door policy. And instead of bursting at the seams with an iPhone charger cords spilling out the top, you’ll look sleek and totally in control.
WHAT’S INSIDE: Loewe elephant coin purse, Mason Pearson hairbrush, Fendi keychain, Pryma headphones, Nike sneakers, a hairbrush, dry shampoo, Juice Press Doctor Green Juice, last night’s leftovers.
SIZE: 16.5″ x 20″
WHY IT’S THE BAG FOR YOU: The beauty of the enormous bag is that it functions exactly as you need it to, when you need it to. Need it to be your mobile office complete with laptop, charging station, and notebooks? Done. Need it to take you from work to the Catskills for a weekend of bird watching, reading, and sipping wine? Easy. Need to stuff it with cashmere blankets and La Mer hand creams to make an economy flight feel like first class? You got it.
WHAT’S INSIDE: A computer, a cashmere scarf, a baseball cap, a leather notebook, Freds sea salt caramels, a mini bag, a corkscrew, a deck of cards, and The New Yorker.