Explaining handbags to my husband
Every time I buy a new handbag, you look puzzled. Why is another handbag needed?
So I thought it might be helpful to explain why one handbag is never enough. I’m very impressed that you manage to use a single rucksack for everything, but that just doesn’t work for me.
I suspect it all started when I was little, when grown-up women used to always be able to produce whatever items were required from their handbags. Tissues, sweets, money, glasses, writing paper, pens, umbrella, lipstick. I wanted a bag just like theirs.
So I need some big bags to transport large amounts of stuff, the kind of stuff featured in this photo we took on 16th August for BritMums – What’s in your handbag?
With a big bag I always have something to read; something to snack on; my emergency cross stitch kit; something to protect my eyes from the sun; or to keep me dry when it is raining.
But I also need little handbags too, so that I can carry the essentials round with me without having to carry a big bag. These essentials consist of my iPhone, cash and cards, keys, comb and lip balm. These are the kinds of things that men carry in pockets. But women don’t tend to have big pockets in their clothes so a small handbag is a good way to store and transport these essential items.
So, you might argue, there is a justification for having one big handbag and one little one. But why do I like to have several of each?
Well the first reason for wanting a range of handbags is colour. I enjoy having handbags that are similar colours to whatever I’m wearing. So I have chocolate brown bags to go with my brown linen trouser suits in the summer; teal bags to go with my teal tops in the winter; and a raspberry-coloured bag to go with my party frock.
The second reason is that some bags just look so nice that they gladden my heart every time I use them. It might be a pretty print in the lining, or a particular combination of internal pockets and compartments that are just the right size to fit everything in.
The third reason is that good handbags serve me well, year after year, through thick and thin waistlines. A couple of my handbags have been with me since my teens. So it is worth investing in good handbags rather than wasting money on bags that will fall apart after a few months of use.
Some lovely bags have been given to me as gifts. Handbags make great presents, because you don’t need to know the dress size of the recipient. I’ve even given a few handbags as presents myself, particularly to my younger sisters.
So I hope that makes some kind of sense. I promise I won’t go wild and buy lots of handbags, but perhaps I will treat myself to one or two more…
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