In my uni days, I somehow gallivanted through life with small cross-body handbags that accommodated my keys, phone, a tiny purse containing some loose change and cards, and nothing more.
While I appreciate the minimalist approach, it would never work for me these days. To paraphrase Sir Mix-a-Lot, I need big bags and I cannot lie.
My current one? It’s a dream. It’s great quality and super pretty (metallic rose gold, swoooon), but more importantly it’s roomy enough for all my
There's an orange in there. And a clutch as well.
It can comfortably fit my clutch, sunnies case, home-packed lunch and various snacks, phone and charger, a book, a pair of flats, a small umbrella, a water bottle, and about ten million receipts and tubes of lipstick. I could also fit a laptop in there if I needed to. It's basically a Mary Poppins bag.
Finding a handbag that's got size, utility and style can be a challenge, but it's possible. Here are 10 carry-alls worth investigating.
1. Louenhide 'Bermuda' bag
This is the bag I was raving about, and I know at least two other Bermuda owners so I'm not the only fan. There are plenty of gorgeous shades to choose from, and... drum roll... there's a bonus smaller handbag that comes inside! Winner. Buy it here: $109.95
2. Target Animal Faux Fur Tote
If you're after something a little more budget-friendly, this one looks like a beauty. It also comes in black if leopard print isn't your bag (ha, ha). Buy it here: $29 (down from $39 at time of writing).
3. Fossil 'Sydney Shopper' Bag
Parenting editor Alys Gagnon owns this bag, and there's a lot to love about it. It comes in classic shades and vivid hues (including this red) and it's large enough to fit a 15" laptop, according to the website. That's a winner. Buy it here: $195.30 (down from $279 at time of writing).