As a fully paid up member of the tote carrying fraternity I’ve noticed a sea change going on in the best bag stores – yes of course you can still invest in a carry-all tote from any brand you choose, but when you look closely you’ll see the emergence of the smaller, more ladylike top handle or grab bag which you can also wear as a shoulder bag.
Most of these bags aren’t suitable for carrying your life around with you, neither will they give you shoulder ache, but many are more roomy than you expect once you pare down what you really, really need to take out with you and with the ability to go ‘hands free’ they’re a joy for long days out.
If you want to move away from the instantly recognisable brands that we all know and love consider Lancaster Paris, Furla, le Parmentier and Kate Spade New York
Alternatively for a designer fix invest in my favourite Marc Jacobs East West grab bag or Burberry’s check trimmed top handle bag.
This is definitely the time to consider a change of look to a smaller, smarter bag which works with everything from daytime to dinner.