While we’ve been largely distracted by petite pouches and tiny-sized totes for the past few seasons, the reality is that a large handbag will always trump that micro belt bag in the practicality stakes. So, is it time to switch our focus back to bigger things?
When it comes to handbags, most women fall into one of two distinct camps. There’s the supremely organised minimalist for whom a micro-mini cross-body or nostalgia-soaked beaded bag contains ample room for her essential credit card, house key and lipstick. And then there’s those who prefer, no, require something with a little more wiggle room – those who just can’t get through the day without everything but the kitchen sink – think reusable water bottle, spare pair of trainers, roomy make-up bag and Kindle.
If you fall into the latter category, the approaching season’s flurry of pretty-yet-petite bags has likely left you feeling out of sorts: after all, your daily essentials would hardly fit into that tiny-sized Dior Saddle, and when your go-to bag is small enough to be swung from one wrist, slotting your eyeliner and lipstick in alongside your wallet can be akin to playing a game of Tetris. But you may now muster a collective sigh of relief, because the large handbag is back, and there are plenty of stellar options hitting the shelves to suit your hoarder-like handbag predilections this season.
For those whose daily routine involves throwing everything into an oversized handbag in an early-morning panic, there’s a host of hold-all totes with satisfyingly capacious interiors. And for those who prefer dedicated spaces for every essential, a bevy compartment-rich shoppers will ensure you’re satisfied.
These bags may come with a supersized serving of functionality – finally, your gym trainers can sit happily alongside your tablet, wallet and paddle brush – but they also make an XXL style statement too. With butter-soft bows, colour-pop hues and dazzling embellishments all on the menu, who says practicality can’t be pretty?
Here, Vogue reveals the 10 most satisfyingly big handbags to buy now.