Perhaps it’s time to lighten your load

Wiston crossbody and top handle bag in red

There are days when I need a lot of stuff. I find myself lugging around my laptop, wallet, keys, makeup, books, a water bottle, spare pair of shoes (and, if I’m honest, a whole lot of junk).

Sometimes it feels as if my whole life is with me, slung over my shoulder. Not too comfortable and not too good for the back.

Don’t get me wrong, my love for a big bag knows no bounds. I swoon over oversized totes and have the upmost respect their ability to put up with everything I ask of them.

But maybe it’s time to downsize and embrace the handsfree lifestyle. To apply some discipline.

And so, on the days I only need the bare essentials, I’m ditching the big and setting my sights on the small. Unhindered and unburdened by my frankly unnecessary stuff.

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to some small (but oh-so-perfectly-formed) crossbody bags I’m loving that will help get rid of that excess baggage.  

Thurlaston crossbody clutch bag in leapard print
the Zennor crossbody bag in pewter
Mini-Cranleigh crossbody stirrup bag in black

First, there’s the Zennor. Made in lusciously soft leather this crossbody bag is as serious style contender. There isn’t a pocket the Zennor hasn’t thought of (there’s eight of them!). This multi-compartment beauty comes in two sizes, large (black and red) and small (pewter and black). Try the large one if you’re not quite ready to commit to the minimalist lifestyle just yet.

Then there’s the Wiston. With bold colours and careful detailing, it’s a fun and stylish way to lighten your load. Cherry redcobalt blue, or classic black, you can wear it over your shoulder or carry it elegantly by the top handle. No fumbling around for your keys here.

Another versatile wonder is the Thurlaston. A sleek envelope clutch with a detachable crossbody strap, it elevates any outfit. Its thin gold chain strap can be worn long or double-looped as a shoulder bag look. Embrace your wild side with the leopard haircalf, or go for subtler shades of taupe and black.

Lastly there’s the Mini-Cranleigh, featuring Village England’s much-loved stirrup detailing. Timeless and elegant, this little beauty has enough room to fit all the essentials – keys, purse, phone, lipstick.  With wonderfully pigmented colours - blackcamel and red – it’s a bag not to be overlooked.  

So, while there will always be a place in our heart for the oversized tote, we’ve opened it up the little ones too.

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