3.11.2010

Handbags: How big is too big?

Oversized hand bags are in. I've always carried rather small purses. I've had this fear that if I carry a big one I'll look like a child playing dress up with "mommy's purse." Then I had a baby. I hate carrying a diaper bag and a purse. Way too many bags. After thinking about it, I decided the best solution for me was to invest in larger purses that would be capable of holding not only my crap, but my baby's crap too. That way I just had 1 bag for everything. So maybe I can't find my wallet because it's swimming in a pile of diapers, and maybe I accidentally pull out baby keys and try to start the car with them, but at least I don't have to fumble through 2 bags. I've seen women like Jessica Simpson carrying bags 2 times her size.

Am I a fashion faux-pa? What do other moms do about the diaper bag/purse situation? Any petite girls out there who rock a giant purse? I found this information, and this information helpful.

This is a yellow bag I recently purchased at the thrift store for $3.
This is a Steve Madden leather bag I bought at T.J. Maxx. They actually knocked 10 bucks off the price because one of the straps was coming un-weaved. Nothing I couldn't fix- for a $10 discount. I had no idea he did purses too until I bought this bag.

Photo Credit: Pacificcoastnews.com
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13 comments:

Anne said...

Wow, that bag is as big as you are! But you can totally pull it off. Me? Probably not.
To be honest, I haven't carried a purse since I had my first baby, 3 1/2 years ago. I just use the diaper bag or carry my wallet. I should get one though- so I don't have to stuff my pockets with keys, chapstick, etc.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

your purse is presh. so are you! i tried getting rid of the diaper bag and go with a big buddha bag (a really big, big buddha bag!) but i couldn't handle the black hole it had become! so, i'm back to a diaper bag and small purse.

Mykell said...

I have always carried a big bag, because I too hate carrying two bags. I love my Miche bag, the are pricey, but I love it!! I will have to show it to you. I put stuff in the bag and diapers and stuff in-between the bag and the shell. That thing holds EVERYTHING!! I really like the yellow thrift store find, way cute find. But I love anything yellow, its my favorite!!

Green Acres in the City said...

I have a sick addiction to Vera Bradley so now I carry the Large Tic Tac Totes. I have found several on Ebay for 50-70% less than retail. It is my purse/diaper/life bag!

Krissa said...

oh my heck...i love that bag!!!! love it!!! love the color and the size...fantastic!!! i am jealous such a steal!

meredith* said...

I also totally brought the purse/ diaper bag together into one. the only thing that's shifty about this is that when my hubbie is with the baby he then needs to carry my purse. i originally bought a gorgeous, pink, huge purse to serve as my diaper bag ... then i bought a yellow one.

The Sweet Life said...

I say the bigger the bag, the better. That's just my opinion and preference because right at this very second I'm carrying a diaper, 3 airplanes, a bag of lucky charms, and my camera (a must have with my boy. I never know when he'll do something cute!)
along with all of my stuff. I LOVE going to TJ Maxx for my bags, and yours is very cute!

jessica.emily.adams said...

Large handbags are a necessity for me. If I can't fit at least 3, unfolded, unrolled magazines in it, it's too small. And lately I've turned into a bag women when I go places like work, as I carry my handbag and an additional bag with various other necessities.
And... sadly enough I don't have kids. Which means when I do I'll probably add another bag to my collection. So I might as well just invest now in one of those little wire carts, a trench coat, and fingerless gloves. *sigh*

Megan said...

I bought a a large diaper bag that I put my purse items in a separate section of it. Even though the bag has a chic print on it, I wish I would've just bought an oversized purse because I still feel like I'm carrying around a diaper bag! I love the ones you got! I would've never thought to look at thrift stores for them. Great finds!

Kim Rahn said...
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Kim Rahn said...

I have been carrying a wallet and cutesy diaper bag for years. I just bought my first oversized purse and love it. It is a diaper bag and purse and nobody knows. I just look cute and hip with my oversized handbag (shhhh diaper bag - don't tell), but I could clothe a small child or dress a small wound with the items in my bag. I think it's the best of both worlds. I have my lipstick & band aides !!! Perfect!!!! Go for it!!!!

Milana said...

Great post! Thanks for the link! Glad my post was of help!

Milana from FashionStyleAdvice.com

Charlotte said...

After many years I have downgraded my super huge purse to a smaller one. I no longer have to deal with fitting a diaper bag into it. It is a good feeling. Although I like the big purse, it looks great.