“If she’s done anything for the handbag, it’s the fact that she wears small clutch bags. Personally, I am making my clutch bags smaller next season, so they’re more delicate and ladylike, and that’s to do with her, I think.” --Fashion Designer Lulu Guinness on Katherine, the Duchess of CambridgeIt's true, you know. I tends to carry around a bunch of stuff in my purse, from a light sweater to a pair of flats to change from my high heels; yet, the last handbag I bought was this Collina Strada Clutch. Of course, I got it because it still has enough room for my wallet, phone, car keys, lipstick, business cards, and a small pack of Kleenex. Our favorite Duchess doesn't need most of that and she's accompanied by enough members of staff and doesn't have to worry where exactly to shove her sunglasses. The two clutches Catherine is carrying above are the ones she's been using on a day-to-day basis over the last couple of months. The black one is the size of my wallet, so I'm not sure what fits in there. The LK Bennett patent leather clutch is too narrow even for the average phone (I still like it very much, though. I wish it came in cherry red), but I doubt the Duchess checks Facebook when out and about.
In any case, I doubt satchels and totes are going to disappear. I still prefer a beautiful handbag that can also accommodate an iPad, and I guess most of us have similar needs and no lady-in-waiting to carry out energy bars and hand sanitizers. What do you think? What do you always carry with you and what size of a purse is the minimum for you?
Photos of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge via Zimbio.