5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Small Bag For Your Next Purchase!

To my dearest:

I bet by now, you will know of my fondness for small bags. I rave on and on about them. But, it wasn’t always this way. There was a time in life when I viewed them as impractical. I couldn’t see how I could fit everything I needed with a teeny tiny bag! I had so much I needed on a daily basis, a small bag just could not do it for me! Does this sound familiar to you? Are you like that too?  Well, here’s 5 reasons to convince you why small bags are the way to go!

ONE. It ups your outfit’s look factor.

This is number one on the list, because let’s face it. Bags are used as an accessory to an outfit. It’s a statement as well. How it looks on you is the biggest factor. I’m not saying practicality can be thrown out the window. But, since how it looks is the biggest factor. We will have to admit that small bags have a certain appeal that larger bags do not have. There’s just this allure. It makes you look effortless and refined. It also accentuate your outfit more. I find that larger bags for the most part tend to distract attention from an outfit rather than compliment it. This holds even more true for petite girls such as myself. Larger bags tend to swallow your presence. Besides, it’s more proportional for us petites.

small chloe faye styled by hip

TWO. You can limit yourself to only essentials.

How much do you actually need? Have you ever thought about that? There’s a reason why people are often told to pack only what they need. Why? Because we always think we need more than what you need. A small bag will allow you to think twice on what you need. Because, well… you only have so much space. Plus, you’ll have much more freedom and better mobility when you carry around a small bag!

Chanel Boy Gun Metal essentials flatlay

THREE. It’s puts less strain on your body.

Can we all admit that larger bags put strains on our bodies? Straps dig into your poor shoulders, no matter if you have leather padding on it or nightmare-esque hardware. Heck, your shoulders may even be unbalanced by now because you put so much strain over one shoulder. Or if you have a backpack to even the weight, you’re still wishing you can book that 8pm massage by the end of the day. Let’s not go on to mention those bags that only have handles and no straps! Your forearms are just so sore and you have dent marks all over them! The worst part? Part of your forearm may have lost blood circulation at some point during the day. Well I’m pleased to tell you. Your solution is that teeny tiny bag you once doubt you’ll ever need. Let’s give it a round of applause and proceed to finding that perfect small bag for you! (I’ll post a list of my favorite small bags in a later post for you all and link it here!)

Chanel mini rectangle lambskin

FOUR. It’s easier to manage.

Remember that annoying moment when you dig inside your tote or big bag for something? You reach your hand in, and just keep trying to feel where that thing you’re looking for is! And well… you just spent a minute doing that, and now, your manicure is scratched by keys. When you use a small bag, you really don’t have to deal with this problem, because you will need to be organized in order to fit everything into it perfectly. This allows for easier management when you’re using it.

YSL clutch pink whats in my bag

FIVE. It’s cheaper than bigger bags!

Isn’t this a winner right here?! This has got to be the best reason on the list right? Smaller bags are definitely less costly! And it has so many pros! It’s definitely budget friendly. What’s not to like about it?

Gucci disco bag black

I understand that what kind of bag you need day to day will be different. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way! There’s no perfect solution to everything in life. But there’s always compromises and work arounds. In my next post, I will give you my own special trick on how to effectively use a small bag as a busy city girl.

After reading my 5 reasons on why small bags are the way to go, are you convinced? What are your opinions on small bags? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below!

Enjoy the little things in life! 😉 *wink wink*

Sincerely Ophelia
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  1. April 13, 2017 / 9:45 AM

    I am all about that small bag life. I don’t carry big bags anymore because I just find them so heavy and uncomfortable especially walking around in NYC.

    • Ophelia
      April 13, 2017 / 2:44 PM

      Me too! Great minds think alike! 😉

    • M. Palmer
      August 19, 2019 / 1:50 PM

      Beautiful and love the in depth review, would you advise not using the bag for travel as the pouches can snap on/off? I am curious if someone can stroll by and detach one of the sections…

      • July 2, 2020 / 3:28 PM

        It’s quite difficult to do that, they’d have to snatch it really hard… I don’t think it will be a problem in my honest opinion. 🙂

  2. April 13, 2017 / 12:34 PM

    I have to agree with each point given here, small bags are lifesavers, and they also force you to minimize the amount of crap you stuff into your bag!

    • Ophelia
      April 13, 2017 / 2:45 PM

      YES completely true 🙂

  3. fitasamamabear33
    April 13, 2017 / 12:43 PM

    I totally agree with this! I think small bags just look nicer but also helps you minimize. You don’t really need the stuff you carry around in a big bag anyways!

    • Ophelia
      April 13, 2017 / 2:45 PM

      Yes! Glad so many people agree with me!

    • Ophelia
      April 13, 2017 / 2:46 PM

      Yes. It’s a small faye 🙂

  4. April 13, 2017 / 12:54 PM

    i think i need to buy a small one now. they look really nice.

    • Ophelia
      April 13, 2017 / 2:46 PM

      Yes! They really accentuate your outfit.

    • Ophelia
      April 13, 2017 / 2:47 PM


    • Ophelia
      April 13, 2017 / 2:47 PM

      That’s awesome! Which bag did you get?

  5. April 13, 2017 / 1:09 PM

    I am totally determined to have a black quilted Chanel bag at some point in my life, so classic!

    • Ophelia
      April 13, 2017 / 2:48 PM

      Yes! They’re classic and a must have!

  6. Mindy
    April 13, 2017 / 10:38 PM

    Looks like I need to go shopping for a smaller bag! Great tips!

  7. April 13, 2017 / 11:04 PM

    I completely agree!! I love my Chloe Faye so much 🙂

    • Ophelia
      April 14, 2017 / 4:23 PM

      Yes it’s super awesome! <3 Saw your IG pic of it. Gorgeous!

  8. April 13, 2017 / 11:18 PM

    I love love big bags, but they definitely are starting to hurt my back. I’ve found myself transitioning to smaller bags 😜

  9. April 14, 2017 / 1:38 AM

    I recently jumped on the “small bag” bandwagon and I love it! I received a Michael Kors Selma bag (the medium size is small) and I adore it!

  10. April 14, 2017 / 3:10 AM

    That Chloe bag is adorable. I was just talking about my Chanel bag yesterday and that it was only big enough for my coin purse and lipstick, but it was liberating not to have to carry so much stuff.

  11. April 14, 2017 / 7:27 AM

    Ugh! Next thing on my list is a small bag! It’s a must….my big bag gets so cluttered. Or I’ll just become THAT mom and carry a backpack!

  12. Michelle
    April 14, 2017 / 8:26 AM

    Omg yes! I’m slowly moving onto the smaller bags. Not too small yet, but baby steps! I find that I don’t need as much as I think!

    Looking forward to your list of your favourite small bags!!

  13. April 14, 2017 / 11:32 AM

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing how you organize a smaller bag, and how you choose what’s really “essential.” I’m one of those women for whom SO MANY things are essential, so I actually have one of those handbags you hang from your forearm that’s about the size of a mid-sized tote. It fits everything I “need” and I love that, but sometimes I really would like to be able to get away with a smaller bag.

  14. April 14, 2017 / 12:45 PM

    I totally agree! I always find myself digging and digging inside my big bulky bag for my wallet, of all things!

  15. April 14, 2017 / 12:52 PM

    I’m a fan of big bags but I do find that I keep a lot of rush so I’m going to try smaller bags x

    • Ophelia
      April 14, 2017 / 4:26 PM

      Yes, give it a try. You’ll be a convert!

  16. April 14, 2017 / 1:04 PM

    I love a small bag – when I’m out with my kids it’s a bit challenging but when it’s just me or for a date night – I love the look of a small bag! Your reasons make so much sense too…maybe I will need to splurge on a small bag! You convinced me, lol

    • Ophelia
      April 14, 2017 / 4:28 PM

      How awesome. I’m glad! I agree that it can be challenging when you have kids!

  17. April 14, 2017 / 1:13 PM

    Tough to appreciate as a guy. But I chuckle when I see my wife laboring over what purse to wear out. She does what you say most of the time.

    • Ophelia
      April 14, 2017 / 4:24 PM

      Aw thanks for dropping by even though you’re a guy! Cheers to your wifey!

  18. April 14, 2017 / 2:04 PM

    I feel the same way with carrying small bags! But sometimes, I opt for the big totes so I can bring everything. It really depends on the occasion, but your reasons are very on point!

    Thanks for this awesome post x

    • Ophelia
      April 14, 2017 / 4:24 PM

      I agree! Next Monday I’ll be posting about how to bring everything even with a small bag!

  19. April 14, 2017 / 3:22 PM

    I love small bags and I used to have some when I was younger, but after having my son, my bags just got bigger. Small bags are not only cute but are easy on the shoulders!

    • Ophelia
      April 14, 2017 / 4:26 PM

      Yes. I understand it’s hard when you have a child. But cheers to those date nights when you can be load free!

  20. April 14, 2017 / 3:50 PM

    I used to carry around giant bags until I realized I was getting shoulder pains and that most of what I was carrying was completely unnecessary. I love that Gucci bag you’ve pictured!

    • Ophelia
      April 14, 2017 / 4:25 PM

      That’s the Gucci Disco Bag in case you were wondering 🙂

  21. Brownsugarglam
    April 14, 2017 / 4:09 PM

    Thanks for posting this, as my purses get to big sometimes. The worst thing for me is not being to find my keys! Beautiful bags btw I loved them.

    • Ophelia
      April 14, 2017 / 4:25 PM

      Yes and if your mani gets chipped from it… oh the horror!

  22. April 14, 2017 / 4:23 PM

    I used to love small bags, until I had kids lol. I still use my small bags when I am going out alone (rarely) but it seems like big ones are a must for now.

  23. April 14, 2017 / 5:08 PM

    So pretty! I do have a small bag in the shape of a book. I love it.

  24. April 14, 2017 / 8:48 PM

    I always love to carry small bags.But,nowadays with a kid,I use bigger sizes to keep his essentials too..

  25. Beso Beauty
    April 15, 2017 / 2:13 AM

    I only have one really big bag and the other few (maybe 2-3) I have are smaller ones. Any other “bags” I have are basically coin purse size. I don’t go out as often anymore but I agree that small bags have the potential to work out much better – at least they do for me. If I end up taking my big bag, I literally throw everything into it and I could probably go on a small vacation – but I’d never find what I was looking for HAHA

  26. April 15, 2017 / 12:46 PM

    I love this post, it has so many valid points. I know I truly enjoy a manageable bag. I feel like I lose my mind with a giant one.

  27. April 15, 2017 / 3:08 PM

    These bags are very cute. I have a small coach bag and I just need to start using it. I always feel like I don’t have enough space in them. I guess it wouldn’t kill me to leave some stuff at home.

  28. beautyaddictmama
    April 15, 2017 / 3:42 PM

    These little bags are so cute. I could manage with a smaller bag on the days that I am child-free. Other than that, I need my huge bags for nappies and baby wipes!.

  29. April 15, 2017 / 4:13 PM

    You did a great job highlighting the 5 mains reasons why you should use a small bag. I completely agree with you on your second point, that your are forced to limit your belongings that you can bring. I do find myself using small bags more often because it dose “up my outfits look factor”.


  30. April 15, 2017 / 6:21 PM

    You’re right about the small bags and wow they do look quite amazing (the ones you’ve shown) !

  31. April 16, 2017 / 12:40 AM

    I love the convenience of big bags (being able to carry so much stuff) but I love the stylistic simplicity of small bags. Why can’t we have both? *cries*

  32. April 16, 2017 / 3:08 AM

    I definitely need a small bag 🙂 I’ll have one!

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  33. April 16, 2017 / 4:53 AM

    I love that you mentioned that it puts less strain on your body! I don’t think we realize that we’re literally carrying around weights all day when we use those big oversized bags. It can’t be good for our backs and posture!

  34. April 16, 2017 / 11:21 AM

    I can’t agree more! Last month I bought a Saint Laurent woc and I’m loving it so much!

  35. RaNesha
    April 16, 2017 / 12:32 PM

    I carry smaller bags when I am traveling I own various different kinds and swap them out depending on where I am going and what I plan to do that day

  36. April 16, 2017 / 8:17 PM

    These are good points. I’ll have to reserve my small bag purchases for post-toddlerhood however…as attractive as they are, I highly doubt I can fit diapers, change of clothes, wipes, sunscreen, snacks, toys, etc…all in that lil thang!

  37. April 16, 2017 / 10:20 PM

    I love having a small bag as well! However I have a nappy bag for my baby so I usually end up wearing that instead haha. Love the Chloe bag 😀

  38. April 17, 2017 / 1:19 AM

    Small bags do look a lot better but it can be hard to minimize all your stuff to fit. It is alot easy on the back though so maybe worth going smaller next time.

  39. April 17, 2017 / 2:11 AM

    I am with you on those smaller bags. Then again I’m a guy and generally do not have a “bag” on me unless it’s a backpack. But I remember my mother having them and the purse just seemed to grow larger year after year. At one point I felt like it was a black hole that you couldn’t stick your hand down for fear that you would lose it in the bag. Those big bags just scare me.

  40. Elizabeth O.
    April 17, 2017 / 6:30 AM

    I cannot survive going out with a small bag because of my twins but there are days wherein I would prefer a smaller bag especially when we’re traveling. It’s good to have options, to be honest. And that’s why I also buy small bags for myself.

  41. Milica
    April 19, 2017 / 4:10 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with you! Actually, I own few of these bags I saw in your post.

  42. April 19, 2017 / 8:33 PM

    I love little handbags and these are all super cute. My daughter really loves them too!

  43. Yeu Doi
    April 25, 2017 / 4:54 PM

    Smaller handbags look nice. Perhaps you can provide suggestions in your next article re which small handbags are most efficient if we have many essential items to carry.

  44. May 24, 2017 / 2:59 PM

    Great post! I prefer smaller bags because they are more comfortable for me and they will help me because I can only pack the essentials. Theyre also great because they are more affordable!

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