XL Bags: 3 Ways to Style Them

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Independent ladies out there, I get it – clutches and purses just don’t cut it anymore. It’s one thing to pick an outfit, but it’s a whole other matter when it comes to deciding which items you have to sacrifice out of your bag. Suddenly, you’re stressing out over making the choice between your portable phone charger and cosmetic case, or your jumper and umbrella. Well, why make things difficult for yourself when there’s an entire world of oversized carryalls waiting for you?

Whether you’re a feminine, boho-chic, or sporty kind of girl, we’ve got just the perfect oversized bags to fit every one of your lifestyle’s essentials!

1) The Polished Sophisticate
With your elegant and ladylike style, having a convenient oversized bag isn’t an excuse to scrimp on glamour. Your cosmetic touch-ups or your silk shawl is just a dip of a hand away in the classic and iconic Large Lady Dior.

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2) Bohemian Wanderluster
Let yourself chase your worldly adventures unhindered with the Chloé Marcie Large Handbag. It doesn’t just have enough space to fit your travel diary – it’s enough to store all your experiences!

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3) Sports Luxe Girl
Your straightforward personality and style means you need a fuss-free (and hands-free) bag that lets you find the things you need when you need them. Stash away your essentials with the sporty MCM Stark Large Backpack!

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Fallen in love with these XL bags already? Shop the rest of my XL picks here!

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The Louis Vuitton City Steamer Bag

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Louis Vuitton has served up some great bags as of late. Rapid recall of a few of our favorites: TheDora, The Garance, and The Petite Malle. PurseBop even speculates that the Louis Vuitton Capucinescould reach classic status.

Today, we excitedly introduce a new LV bag with some promising potential: The Louis Vuitton City Steamer

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History and Specs

The Louis Vuitton City Steamer first appeared in the Cruise 2016 runway show and received lots of hype immediately after its debut. The City Steamer finally arrived in stores at the beginning of this month, and the buzz still hasn’t stopped. What’s all this talk about? The LV City Steamer just looks a little too familiar…some may say, very Birkin-esque. Before you can decide whether you’re yay or nay on the Birkin similarities, let’s take a closer look…

The City Steamer is a modernized version of LV’s original steamer luggage bag. The bag is very structured and roomy, which make it very functional for carrying travel essentials and other business documents. Adding to the travel element of City Steamer, the bag features an engraved padlock in the center and an embossed luggage tag. Other functional features include a double zip enclosure and a detachable shoulder strap. The City Steamer comes in 3 different sizes, PM, MM, and GM.

Creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere seemed to carefully design the City Steamer with a clear purpose in mind. Overall, the City Steamer is very sleek, minimalistic, and appropriately functional. The exterior details that are present don’t detract from the bag’s silhouette. The handles have the same attachments as the Dora bag and the gold padlock dangles elegantly from the middle. With various sizes and leather options, the LV City Steamer can hold its own in daytime or evening occasions.

Louis Vuitton City Steamer Prices

Style Price in USD
Louis Vuitton City Steamer PM $3,550
Louis Vuitton City Steamer MM $4,100
Louis Vuitton City Steamer GM $4,400
Louis Vuitton City Steamer Studded PM $5,750

Styles

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City Steamer vs. Birkin

From first glance, the City Steamer may scream “Birkin”especially if you focus on the gold padlock. However, as far as the silhouette itself, if the City Steamer does mimic the Birkin, it only does so innocuously. The bag’s rectangular shape is fairly common as seen by the structured bag trend this year. It’s hard to decide whether we should have a grievance with the gold padlock or not. Instead of asking “Does the City Steamer look too much like the Birkin?”, a better question to ask is: “Is the City Steamer special enough for us?”

Celebrity Sightings

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The verdict is up to you: LV City Steamer – YAY OR NAY?

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Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Carolina Herrera stayed true to her aesthetic in her pre-fall 2016 collection, creating clothes not conforming to any particular season. With this mentality, the designer was able to create a collection of stunning clothes for any event year round. Because of this, the designs were able to focus on what women need, without basing it on any particular seasonal trend.

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Going into the design process, Herrera had a clear plan to keep things simple and straightforward, a beautiful idea, especially since it was executed so well. With Herrera’s non-seasonal clothes, it is much easier to host the garments in your wardrobe, since you know they carry a lot of versatility. You could open your wardrobe and see all of the possible pieces, without having to limit yourself to what works well for summer or winter, or whatever season is at hand.

None of this means the clothes themselves are simple, however. The elegance of the eveningwear and the flirty feminine daywear coexisted in an extravagant state, where the garments didn’t have to sacrifice creativity and exuberance to become more versatile; they were the best of both words in that realm. Simple silhouettes were revamped to be bolder and more extravagant, while embroidery was used to ramp up the excitement to other pieces.

Because of this boost, a lot of pieces in the Carolina Herrera pre-fall 2016 collection were classic silhouettes, with modern twists to create an interesting edge. The designer took simple white button-down shirts, and gave them sleek, enlarged sleeve to create a unique sophistication to be paired with flirty skirts A-line skirts.

Another quirky method used for the photoshoot of this collection was featuring two looks in one photo. Each set would share some likenesses, so it appeared easy for the designer to pair up two outfits to be featured together.

One set of outfits was grey and black outerwear, both styled as dresses. The looks, because of the fabric and the purpose, made a perfect cohesion, because the jackets were distinctly different from one another. One was a long, classic coat with a lapel, and the other was more of a shell, with a higher neck and was more oversized. These were the types of pairings chosen by the designer, and the result was intriguing and fabulous.

In similar fashion, a pair of outfits with the same abstract blue leaf pattern showed two different outfits carrying an acute cohesion. One look being edgy separates, perfect for a party, while the other was a drop-dead gorgeous floor-length gown.

The focus on gowns was a remarkable trait to the Carolina Herrera pre-fall 2016 line-up. The style varied from one to the other, not staying static to one particular fashion sense. This makes the entire line more diverse to customers, since the looks cater to multiple taste levels for different women. It wouldn’t be surprising to see any of these looks on a red carpet, but it would definitely cause an interesting stir.

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LOUIS VUITTON SEGUR BAG

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The Louis Vuitton Segur Bag is oozing with so much style, you’ll never want to part ways with it…ever! Sleek lines and graceful curves bring this Monogram baby back to life, and since we know how much you love this kind of canvas, we’re giving it to you straight!

Measuring 15” x 12.6” x 8.7” inches (L x H x W), this coated Monogram canvas tote is made with only the finest natural cowhide leather that’s such a joy to maintain. You can use it for years on end, and it will still have that timeless appeal (with proper care and storage, of course). It is also adorned with golden color metallic pieces which provide a beautiful contrast against the leather background. It also has a removable shoulder strap, allowing you to wear it in whatever fashion you’d want. Inside, it has a flat inside pocket and two smartphone pockets, giving you all the avenues for organization. Now that’s a great deal!

For $1,990 USD or €1,350 EUR, you can get your very own Segur Bag via Louis Vuitton online boutique.

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Brand Personas – Part II

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What does your favourite luxury brand say about you? This edition, we look at Givenchy lovers, Mulberry ladies, Balenciaga fashionistas and Saint Laurent femmes.

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The Balenciaga fashionista loves her hardware and structure, much like the power woman she aspires to be. She loves bold lines much like the other pieces in her wardrobe; you’ll find structured coats and defined heels in a Balenciaga lady’s wardrobe.

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Fashion-forward stylistas would definitely have a Mulberry satchel or two in her wardrobe. She’s either inspired by Mulberry girls Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne or loves understated, classic styles. A small logo–embosssed, engraved or cut out, speaks volume for any Mulberry lover because they know a timeless brand when they see it.

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Demonstrating the best of French luxe chic is none other than Saint Laurent. Whether she’s a fan of Saint Laurent before Hedi Slimane or after, she knows a quality investment when she sees it. She loves the iconic YSL interwoven logo, as well as the Y logo, and you might just find her initials on everything she own. The Saint Laurent girl loves her letters.

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A Givenchy girl is often on the fence; she cannot decide if she likes the Antigona’s structure or the Nightingale’s smooth and supple leather better for the weekends. She loves monochrome outfits that you’ll often find her in a style she can distinctively call it her own. She’ll never steer away from Givenchy, if she can help it.

And there you have it! Another 4 brands to add to Prada, Céline, Burberry and Chanel’s personas. Share with me what other brands you’d like to see and it might just make it on our next Brand Personas edition.

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From Mini to More: Hermes Birkin Sizes

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We have been thoroughly investigating the Hermes mini craze, and the obsession has indoctrined PurseBop into to the Birkin 25 club with her “Kohinoor Diamond”.

The investigation continues today to help us get a sense of just how small H minis can be. Let’s take an in-depth look at the Hermes Birkin Sizes with great comparison pictures!

We have adopted the term “mini Hermes” or “Hermes minis” to lovingly refer to smaller Birkins and Kellys, specifically the B25, K25, K20 and K15 range.

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Mini Review

Let’s recap from the “Irresistible, yet Unattainable: Hermes Mini Bags” article to grasp why H minis have become such a hot topic:

#1 Mini is the Mantra
The handbag industry as a whole has downsized bags, and consumers are applying the mini mindset to Hermes.

#2 Joining the Club
Celebrities and social media forces have put tiny B’s and K’s on the radar in a huge way as of late. There’s more desire and urgency to get your hands on a mini H, even though doing so is more easily said than done.

#3 Preference Wins
A huge part of picking the “right” Birkin used to be based off choosing the right “fit” size wise. With waves of mini and oversized trends, fit is all relative. Mini bags make a unique statement.

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Every Size, Shape, and Color!

To many, the Birkin represents a quintessential, classic bag or even the ultimate Holy Grail Bag. While the Birkin style is iconic and instantly recognizable, the bag itself does not fit one certain look. The Birkin is available in so many different sizes, leathers, colors, and hardware options that each bag is diverse and a rare commodity of its own. Hermes releases Birkins in such limited quantities that some bags are truly one of a kind and never produced again. Exotic leathers and smaller sizes tend to be more rare, and are usually only available to elite clientele. Likewise, VIP clients are sometimes offered Hermes “Special Orders” (SO), and can customize almost every aspect of their Birkin from size, color combos, leather, and hardware.

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Sizes

Birkins come in many different sizes and are referred to by their length. Many aficionados refer to a Birkin’s size in short hand with the letter “B” in conjunction with the length in centimeters (ie; “B35”). Birkin handbags come in 4 different sizes – the Birkin 25 cm (B25),  Birkin 30 cm (B30), Birkin 35 cm (B35), Birkin 40 (B40). Birkin travelling bags come in 2 sizes Birkin 50 cm (B50) and Birkin 55 cm (B55). Of the handbags, the Birkin 25 is the hardest size to find.

While there is no official rule to choosing the “right” size Birkin, traditionally, many people tend to pick sizes that fit well with their stature or storage needs. However, as mini bag and oversized bag trends phase in and out, more and more people are choosing size based simply off of preference or for desired occasion.

Dimensions Smallest to Largest (L X H X W cm):

Birkin Size Dimensions
Birkin 25 25 cm x 20 cm x 13 cm
Birkin 30 30 cm x 22 cm x 16 cm
Birkin 35 35 cm x 25 cm x 18 cm
Birkin 40 40 cm x 30 cm x 21 cm <br />

Size Comparisons

Birkin 35 – Red (aka Lady Vermillion B)
Birkin 30 – Green
Birkin 25 – Pink (aka Kohinoor Diamond)

Length Comparison – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 25

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Height Comparison – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 25

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Width Comparison – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 25

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Handle Comparisons – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 25

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Top Length Comparisons – Birkin 35, Birkin 30, Birkin 35

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Size Contrasts

Moving down the line, the bag stature and space decreases significantly despite only a 5 cm length difference. Up close, the contrast between a B30 versus B25 is noticeable. Theoretically, the Birkin 35 is even large enough for the B25 to “nest” within the bag.

Birkin 30 versus Birkin 25

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Birkin 35 versus Birkin 25

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Mini Purposes & Advantages

  1. Smaller Birkins are adorable! As we’ve already established, Hermes minis are irresistible!
  2. Above all, the B25 isn’t impractically mini. Due to its rectangular shape, the Birkin bag can comfortable hold (a reasonable) amount of essentials without feeling “stuffed”.
  3. The Birkin is sophisticated enough that it can be pulled off with a variety of looks. However, the B25 size is mini enough to the point where it could be appropriately dressed up for more formal occasions.
  4. The Birkin 25 has a very ladylike presence, especially since it is more comfortably carried by hand rather than in the crook of the arm like other Birkin sizes. The bag still has a cute factor without looking gimmicky.
  5. The B25 is a great investment for a collector. Due to the scarcity of the size and the demand, the bag will hold its value. More importantly, a Birkin 25 is unique compared to other bags and even other Birkin sizes. The B25 is versatile, but has unparalleled, distinct charm.
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It’s safe to say, I’m simply enamored with my Birkin 25 Koohinor Diamond. She’s my crown jewel pink and a truly exceptional bag. With each H addition to the PurseBop family,  I never fail to appreciate the unique craftsmanship that goes into each bag even of the same style.

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The age old question…whats your favorite Birkin size?

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