As we have finally realised that life is too short to develop a back shoulder and neck injury from carrying around an overstuffed bag or tote, and especially after we have taken on a new life role which requires us to be constantly hands-free: my mummy persona is now totally accepting of the fact that I may never get to walk around carefree and all fashionista-like with some arm candy in the crook of my arm and that I may have to settle for the practical and the utilitarian for another 10 years.
Luckily the stores are full of light, practical and cross body designer options that are small enough to fit: 3 phones, a small card holder/ wallet, a pack of tissue, a pack of Dettol wipes, one lipstick, house keys and car key. Best of all, designers are now treating us with a variety of small shapes with polished gleaming gold toned hardware, lending a luxurious feel to an otherwise very casual and potentially boring look. This direction suits the city-slick girl just as well as the boho luxe woman.
Chloe gave us the gift of the Drew bag over a year ago in a variety of colours and textures, then they brought us the bucket Gala bag, which is practical enough to reach for a peeking water bottle or small umbrella. Sophie Hulme, a young British Designer who has exploded on the accessories scene with her highly polished hardware look, offers practicality and the biggest room to hold all of your items securely via a zip closure.
Even otherwise more classical brands such as Valentino and Prada are marrying the practical with the glossy. This season go for dark navies, burgundys and nudes that will carry you seamlessly through Spring whether worn with grays, blacks or taupes; and if you are in a darker mood, a glossy golden toned brass detail set against a smooth black leather won’t be the worst style mistake you would have made.