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What size leather handbag do you need? - BlackBrook Case

What size leather handbag do you need?

From small leather handbags to large leather tote bags, there are many options to carry your personal items close. Learn how to balance style and function when selecting a size of women’s leather handbags.

What size handbags are in style?

If you like to be fashionable, you may be curious what styles of women’s leather tote handbags are “in”. Here are a few notable sizes from this year’s fashion trends:

On the smaller end of the spectrum, mini bags and clutch purses make runway appearances. The mini bags are style accessories and cannot hold more than makeup or a phone, but attach to larger handbags. While clutch purses are thin handbags meant to be held without handles or straps.

On the larger end, designer brands feature multi-compartment and oversized handbags. You can divide your purse contents into several pockets, some which may detach, with a multi-compartment handbag. Or carry everything in one large pouch with an oversized handbag that borders on a sack or beach bag.

The spring and fall 2020 fashion expos show handbags in extreme sizes and shapes. Yet, many celebrities still carry the typical small, medium, and large genuine leather handbags. To be sure, you can get away with wearing just about any size of handbag.

What occasions are suitable for various handbags?

Ultimately, the size you choose will be up to your preference and the handbag style. However, here are the leather tote handbags that women tend to select by occasion.

Small leather handbag: Keep your hands free or less burdened for special occasions, tourism, or walking outings. Think of dancing at a wedding, visiting a museum, or dining at a nice restaurant.

Medium leather handbag: This is the best leather handbag for daily use or semi-formal occasions. You can carry a little more but maintain the option for cross body wearing.

Large leather tote bag: Use large leather tote bags for work, travel by plane or car, shopping, or changing at the gym. Expand your carrying capacity when needed, or wear the bag flat when empty.

What fits inside a handbag?

Another way to choose a handbag is based on what you need or want the bag to hold. Think about your previous handbag and whether it seems too small or too large for the contents. Here are some general guidelines for what can fit inside women’s leather totes and handbags.


  • Smartphone
  • Wallet
  • Makeup
  • Keys
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Earbuds
  • Hair ties
  • Tissues
  • Mints or gum


  • Everything in Small list, plus:
  • Water bottle or thermos
  • Small journal or book
  • Headphones
  • Snacks
  • Perfume, body spray, or deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel toothbrush
  • Sunglasses or reading glasses


  • Everything in Medium list, plus:
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Full-size books or magazines
  • Crochet or knitting project
  • Spare clothes or scarf
  • Lunch
  • Umbrella or poncho

Women’s Leather Handbags by Burkley Case

In summary, the best leather tote size depends on your usage. Select from our assortment of genuine leather handbags to get just the right fit.

Small bags

Medium bags

Large bags

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