Ask Belle: How to Switch Handbags with Ease
Apr 30, 2013
Love the blog! Like you, I’m a sucker for a stylish bag. However, I find it a bother to switch between different bags, as that means emptying everything out of my current bag and trying to fit/organize it all into another. Do you switch bags often? What are your tips for switching all of your stuff between bags? Do you use a purse organizer, or do you just dump everything from one bag into another?
I switch bags at least three times per week. I usually rotate between my favorites: my Minkoff Mini-MAB, my J.CREW Biennial Satchel and my IIIBeca tote (a sleek, durable bag!). And I’ve found a way to make the process of switching purses faster and easier.
From Left, Brookstone Super Size Umbrella ($39) // Trina makeup bag (sold out, similar here) // Rebecca Minkoff wallet ($175) // Rebecca Minkoff zippered pouch (sold out, similar here) // Metal business card holder ($7) // Ray-Ban Small Aviators ($150)
By having only eight large items that need to be moved, instead of many small ones, you can minimize the time it takes to switch purses. It also helps keep everything organized so you don’t have to go spelunking in your bag for needed items.
For Small Items. I repurposed this printed makeup pouch as a handy carry-all. It contains beauty essentials like chapstick, lipgloss, lipstick, a travel hair brush, bobby pins, hair ties, a small concealer from this kit and powder. It also contains some band-aids, Advil, my iPhone earbuds and an anti-chafe stick (for when my feet start to blister after hours of walking).
Business Card Case. I hate digging in my purse for a business card. When you meet someone, you need to be able to produce a card quickly, and this case makes that a breeze. Just make sure to keep it fully stocked.
For Receipts. If you keep receipts for expenses, a small pouch is a great way to keep them organized. It’s also a great way to store extra IDs, store rewards cards o spare keys. Rebecca Minkoff makes hers in a large and small size, the one above is the small.
If you’re looking for something less expensive, Urban Outfitters sells this large pouch, which would hold an iPad or other E-reader. I also found this medium-sized, nylon pouch and this small pouch, which comes in a myriad of colors and costs just $8.
By keeping all of the small items in larger containers, it’s easier to switch handbags quickly.