I tend to say that multitasking is overrated, mostly because it’s a tidy excuse to get out of things that I do not want to do. Like no, I cannot text you back, I am already talking to myself. No, I cannot change the channel, I am indisposed while contemplating my next snack. Once I read an article that our editor-at-large Verena von Pfetten wrote for The New York Times about the dangerous mental perils of doing two things at once, I realized that I had found the ultimate “out” to just about everything because in general, I am already busy breathing.
My only multi-tasking exception comes in handbag form. I think it’s nice to wear two at once.
For starters, two bags allows you to compartmentalize your life in a way that may feel otherwise unrealistic. See the model above? She’s toting two bags (they are by The Volon, same brand that makes my fashion lunchbox). One is filled with boring stuff you’re not supposed to lose: wallet, money, keys. The other’s filled with the good stuff: snacks, glitter, outfit-transitional accessories. I know this because I packed her bags myself like a camp mom.
But the best thing about wearing two bags at once (aside from keeping one in the front and another in the back to confuse your enemies, which some fish also do) is that you’re no longer just throwing a purse over your shoulder, you’re layering. You’re adding to your outfit. Bags — totes — they have their time and place but tend to represent the schlep, which is just so…utilitarian. Sometimes you really want to get dressed! Superfluous styling isn’t really superfluous so long as the end result taps your reflection on the shoulder and says that you did good work, you look great and did you get a haircut or something?
It’s up to you as to whether you answer or not. You’re already wearing two bags. You’re busy.
The Volon handbags will be available starting January 2017. Special thanks to our lovely model Tiri who you can read more about here! Follow her on Instagram @ngonngontiri. Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis; styled by Leandra Medine.