Please trust me when I say that a change of handbag is not a suggestion I would make lightly. This is a serious matter, worthy of careful consideration, and I’m not just talking about price tags. Switching handbags is fraught with peril, thanks to when you move to a new bag, you take all your stuff with you. It’s like a miniature house move; and if that sounds overblown, then you underestimate the amount of stuff I carry in my bag.
Those dusty inner pockets, once investigated, are a rabbit hole into which your entire morning will disappear as you attempt to repatriate pen lids, while risking your health as you munch on a chewing gum pellet of unknown vintage. Not to mention the inescapable fact that, but thorough you are, you will almost definitely leave your office security pass or your hairbrush in the old bag.
And then a whole new raft of issues arise: can I still fit my trainers in the bottom of the bag? Does it fasten properly? Is there a comfortable shoulder strap, or are you expected to hold it by the handle? Oh, and don’t give me the whole “all you need is a credit card and a lipstick” yarn. When your heels hurt and it starts to rain, a pair of emergency flat shoes and an umbrella are a lot more useful.
In fact, I wouldn’t be championing this new style of bag – I’m calling it, very imaginatively I’m sure you’ll agree, the half-moon bag – if I didn’t believe it worthy of consideration. The half-moon bag is a grown-up, Monday-to-Friday take on the saddle bag. The saddle bag looks practical but is, in practice, a bit small. The half-moon bag takes that same womanly curved line, but gives it a roomy, 12-hour-day scale. It has a lot to recommend it. And for the annoyingly left-behind hairbrush, I apologise in advance.