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The Incredible Shrinking Handbag
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Supersimkin2 · 06/09/2020 21:41

All this year my handbags have got smaller and smaller, and I've just retired the vast Kate Spade tote cos masks kept flying out of it.

Now I'm on a cross-body Tabitha Simmons teeny little phone holder with slots and enough room for keys, that's it.

It's bliss. Anyone else sick of the mega bag drag? My shoulders genuinely feel better.

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ThePawtriarchy · 06/09/2020 21:43

Yes! I don’t really go anywhere anymore apart from walking so it seems redundant.

I’m nosey and trying to see what the Tabitha Simmons looks like but not sure I’m finding it - any chance of a link please?

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Selfimprovement · 06/09/2020 23:06

I can totally relate, I’ve recently switched from my MK tote to a river island shoulder bag. My shoulder is definitely happier! I never realised the tote was so heavy til I switched, it hasn’t even got much in it!

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hammeringinmyhead · 06/09/2020 23:14

Yes - I'm using a Whistles mini backpack. Fits purse, phone, keys, masks, sanitiser, shopping bag. It would just about fit my kindle. I carry the bare minimum now!

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MoltonSilver · 06/09/2020 23:17

At this stage all I need is a large pocket. Cash and coins have become redundant. I have far less to carry.

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PrimeraVez · 07/09/2020 07:43

Yep! I use Apple pay for everything so all I really carry now is my phone and car keys. Even when I'm out with toddler DS I have a cross body bag that I can just about fit a nappy and a travel pack of Water Wipes in.

Am due back to the office soon after 6 months WFH and am already dreading lugging a heavy bag around again with my laptop and lunchbox in.

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Supersimkin2 · 07/09/2020 09:13

No link anywhere, sorry, must have sold out. But it's about 7 x 3 inches black leather, gold chain, weighs 0. Cat design - little ears poke up at the top :)

Can't get over having two hands free and no burden on spirit or body. Most satisfactory result of lockdown ever.

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HRHQueenMortificado · 07/09/2020 11:20

Yes! I have gone to an over the body coach handbag which I've had to use a card wallet in its so small my body is so much happier from it, I'm also using a fossil leather backpack really liking that too rather than lumping my big bags.

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KatharinaRosalie · 07/09/2020 14:03

I have sunk even lower than that and swapped for a bum bag. Wel a pretty one, not cruise tourist syle, but still. Fits phone, cards and keys, keeps hands free and doesn't dangle around.

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IvyEf · 07/09/2020 14:05

I'm liking the look of some belt bags... Fancy bum bags really aren't they.
I like going out without a bag

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KurriKawari · 07/09/2020 14:10

Yes a small bag from matalan with phone and keys (use phone for payments). Only issue is I get dehydrated very very quickly so usually want to also carry a bottle of water so end up taking a larger bag :(

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LizzieMacQueen · 07/09/2020 15:45

What about sanitiser though? Even the small ones are quite bulky.

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DisgruntledGuineaPig · 07/09/2020 15:46

Yep, I have shoulder issues and have learned the bigger the bag, the more i feel I "need" to carry.

In lockdown I treated myself to a mulberry small amberley with the money I was supposed to spend on a weekend away. Its perfect! Fits purse, phone, keys, mask and kindle.

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IvyEf · 07/09/2020 15:49

Do what men do - don't carry it. It's bloody everywhere.

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KurriKawari · 07/09/2020 15:51

I've got a small bottle of sanitizer manages to fit in my small bag and two face masks. And I have another bottle in car just in case.

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Someyoulose · 07/09/2020 15:56

I’ve never been able to deal with those huge heavy bags. Small crossbody all the way for me. Obviously I’m delighted to be in fashion again.

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DisgruntledGuineaPig · 07/09/2020 18:02

@IvyEf - unfortunately few womans clothes have the pocket options of the average male outfit. (And before you tell me to buy mens clothes, I am far too small, plus I don't see why I can't have clothes designed for my body that allows for me needing to carry the same amount of stuff as the average bloke, phone, keys, purse/wallet.)

Small bag, and always favouring any brand that does pockets.

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Supersimkin2 · 07/09/2020 21:09

I'm aiming to be bagfree by Xmas. If men can do it...

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FishDontHaveFingers · 07/09/2020 22:14

I've been thinking about this for a while, got serious back issues which makes carrying my usual suitcase handbag difficult but hate putting all my stuff in my pockets and worry about my phone getting pinched out of my jeans back pocket.

So inspired by this thread, I just ordered this and I'm rather excited that I'm about to be much lighter (well, bag wise anyway Grin).

The Incredible Shrinking Handbag The Incredible Shrinking Handbag
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hammeringinmyhead · 07/09/2020 23:18

I'm not sure about the comparisons with men on this one. DH carries a reusable shopping bag in his hand if he's going straight to a shop but otherwise uses the one in my bag. See also hand sanitiser and portable charger. He wears bomber-type jackets with inner pockets which none of my jackets have, even when it's a bit warm. His wallet is the same size as my purse. He also used to take a shoulder bag to work, with a book, lunch, bottle of water etc. I'd rather carry a small backpack than have phone, keys, wallet, mask weighing down a the pockets of my clothes.

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IvyEf · 07/09/2020 23:24

Where from @fishdonthavefingers ?

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IvyEf · 07/09/2020 23:26

I'm not sure DP has more pockets than me if we're both wearing jeans and a jacket... Most of my skirts and dresses have pockets too but I hate the unsightly bulging - which men often have too

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FishDontHaveFingers · 08/09/2020 06:18

@IvyEf

Where from *@fishdonthavefingers* ?

Only a cheap and cheerful one from Amazon - don't want to spend more until I've road tested itGrin

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08131TW1Q/ref=cmswwrcppapiii_fpXvFb4YVMM9M
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Ynwa1234 · 08/09/2020 06:26

Love the colour @FishDontHaveFingers!

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CherryLicious · 08/09/2020 06:34

I pity men for being "bag free". I'm sure that's why they are so disorganised. I always know where essentials like phone/ keys/ sunglasses/ money (and now masks and sanitizer) etc are- they are in my bag. People- not just men- who don't use a bag tend to leave their essentials in different places- coat pocket, that day's clothes pocket, hall table, kitchen work surface, bedside cabinet bla bla bla - and then it's easy to forget them or forget where they are, and harder to gather together again when leaving the house. Just have a bag. They're great. It's easy.

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Timeforanewone · 08/09/2020 06:46

I have a Troop bag. Big enough for purse, phone, small sanitizer, pen , lipstick. I love it.

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