Mary-Kate and Ashley, Rejoice: Big Bags Are the THING Right Now

After executing a quick Man Repeller search, it appears as though I have withdrawn interest in large handbags at least eight times, have rallied for small ones — clutches, minaudières, novelty sacks, whatever you want to call them — at least six times and shunned their existence entirely at least twice. I’ve called women who don’t carry big bags decisive and strong, able to carry what they need in the fell swoop of Ziploc-sized pouch. I’ve commended myself for free-balling. I’ve explained that jeans and a tee just don’t make sense in the context of a big bag, that they need something small in order to maintain the personality they deserve.

But now? Now I change my mind, which is perhaps the magic of fashion. Inconsistency is the currency by which a trend’s success is measured vis-a-vis its wearer, so you can’t really marry yourself to any single ideal for too long because invariably and eventually, you will be swayed in another direction. You might even end up like me: wearing a silk bandana around your head as if a ninja, hunting down a cheaper version of Chanel’s Coco Cabas like it is 2006 and you are an Olsen.

But let’s let bygones (old bags) be bygones (continue to loiter around resale sites). With such a healthy deluge of new product on the market for your consuming pleasure, you don’t have to revisit the past unless you really want to. Instead, thank the likes of Balenciaga and Céline (see: Fall 2017, Spring 2017 respectively) for making it seem cool to be a schlepper again and dip your big-ass stuffed animal (Laundry? Lunch? Shoes? Keys? Gigantic headphones? KitchenAid? The entire makeup department at Duane Reade?) into any of these.

And as for how to wear them — that’s a good question! I suggest athleisure, like a pair of black leggings you’ve never actually worked out in, with velvet slippers like these, a striped shirt like this one (oh, or what about this!) and a jacket not unlike this.

If that’s not really your beat, it’s a damn good thing your bag is so big because you can carry a change of clothes! How about a dress like this, a coat like this, boots like this and sunglasses like-a-this?

Questions? Comments? Concerns? I am all ears.

Photos by Louisiana Mei Gelpi; Creative Direction by Emily Zirimis. 

Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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