Packing for Paris means only two handbags.
Tough, I know.
The smaller style crossbody and the tote.
I try never to budge. Like the shoes, if I carry more than two handbags they stay squished in the suitcase and are never used.
The tote is one of those Mary Poppins style bags that holds all and everything; never full and always brimming with surprises. It doubles up as carry on luggage and is large enough to hold the computer and iPhone.
During the day I often carry a tote and wear a small crossbody; they work in well together. The crossbody holds all the personal and the tote can take my camera or shopping depending what’s on. I think I must have tried a zillion styles of handbag on my travels and every time I come back to the tote.
The tote saves the day on a return trip.
Who doesn’t come home with a little extra this and that? I love the tote because I can sit the more fragile souvenirs gently across the top; the macarons or another to-die-for candle that I can’t resist schlepping home.
You know the story, I am sure.
What To Look For In A Tote?
*Large in size, but not too heavy to carry.
*Handles that can fit comfortably over the shoulder.
*Deep, but with a pocket or two on the inside to facilitate finding the keys or the phone.
*A neutral shade that works with all accessories.
The tote is an investment piece and a great tote will not date itself or you.
Next time in Paris notice how the French girl loves her tote and her crossbody handbags. I am pretty sure she applies the Two Handbag rule to her everyday wardrobe.
What about you? Can you travel with two? xv
Maybe this is cheating The Two Handbag rule but I always, always have a longchamp le pliage stashed in my suitcase. So much more than a bag, it is a lifesaver.
That doesn’t count, does it?
Take A Tote
Packing For Paris
images peter lindbergh for louis vuitton 2014