For years, I carried Mary Poppins-sized carpet bags everywhere I went. Big satchels, voluminous totes, messenger bags. I needed their contents–everything from Purell to makeup to notebooks. These were “essentials.”
Then, one day, one of my co-workers walked into the office carrying a mid-sized clutch. What was wrong with her? Didn’t she commute? Didn’t she need an extra pair of shoes, hairbrush, iPhone charger, and seven lip glosses? She had mastered traveling light. Anything she might need for the workday was kept in her desk. Only her “ride or die” essentials were in her bag.
It took me a long time to understand this way of thinking, but I’m starting to get it, at least when it comes to my non-work bag.
Last month, I took the large wallet that I’ve carried for my entire adult life, and replaced it will a simple card case. Only once, during a spontaneous trip to Costco, was I without something I actually needed. So when I spotted this small satchel on the Instagram of another fashion blogger, I decided it was time to give a smaller purse a try.
This Mackage Rubie Satchel ($375) is the most adorable bag ever. I love the arrow-shaped clasp; it’s a chic detail. It’s also surprisingly functional for such a small bag. On the underside of the flap, there’s a small pouch where I keep cash. The main compartment is divided into two. One side holds my cellphone and keys, while the other holds my wallet, lipgloss, and sunglasses. If you want to skip the wallet, the inner pocket is lined with several card slots. And it comes with a shoulder strap, so you can wear it as a crossbody.
The bag comes in the blush color that I bought, as well as white, red, black, and black with gold hardware. They also make a version called The Keeley, which is wider by two inches. I’m thinking about buying it in black-on-black.
Looking for something smaller but affordable? Mini Reed satchel in a selection of summer colors has very cool luggage details. I also like the sleek handle on this Audra Mini Crossbody. And this Merona mini-top handle is not to be missed.
I am completely obsessed with this purse, and I get so many compliments when I carry it. It’s one of the best purchases that I’ve made in a long time. I’m adjusting to carrying less, but I really enjoy not having to lug a large satchel when I don’t need one. If I wanted to carry this bag to work, I would probably carry a large tote separately (if I needed shoes or other large items that day) or just store things in my desk.