We’re quickly heading towards the end of December, and the demands of the festive season are already catching up with us. Between family parties, social gatherings, and weeks away with loved ones, you’ll likely be doing your fair share of travelling over the next few weeks—and, with gifts, clothes and toiletries all coming in tandem, having a great bag that not only looks the part, but can keep up the extra demands is simple non-negotiable. Beyond the requirements of the festive period, I’m newly inspired by some of my favourite styles icons to shop a large black bag to see me through the season and beyond. From Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Katie Holmes and Hailey Bieber, all of my favourite celebrities have been spotted as of late with a deep black oversized accessory in their clutches.
Whilst a large black bag remains an evergreen wardrobe staple, we’ve been spotting more and more celebrities swapping their colourful minis for the practical, roomy style this winter. Whether running between meetings, heading out for the night, or enjoying a busy day out, even the style set can’t resist the practicality of a large black bag.
For us mere mortals on the search for a large black bag, our credentials fall even more on the side of practicality. As the wardrobe hero that it is, a large black bag will quickly slot into your daily rotation, used for a trip to the office or a weekend away on the regular. For the daily run to and from the office, your bag should be big enough to carry a laptop, charger, notepad, glasses (prescription and/ or sun), a snack or two and your makeup must-haves—and that’s packing modestly. If you’re anything like me, your work bag quickly reaches capacity with an ungodly amount of non-negotiables, so I must argue that the bigger the bag, the better.
Me? I managed to find my perfect large black handbag thanks to the plethora of secondhand designer styles that abound on the likes of eBay and Vestiaire Collective. But if you’re looking for brand spanking new, this kind of classic style is always available.
Whether you’re looking for a does-it-all work bag or simply need this hero item in your wardrobe to tote your most-reached-for belongings, shop my favourite large, black bags below.
DeMellier’s bags have been creeping up my wish list lately, and I’m not alone.
This handwoven leather bag has risen to cult status in the past year.
This one is perfectly slouchy.
A fabulous hold-all.
This slouchy style is perfect for weekend wearing.
The deep black shade allows you to play to texture, without overwhelming the look.
A quilted bag is perfect for finessing an autumnal outfit.
This vegan leather bag is a great non-leather alternative.
A great size to stow away your laptop and more.
This bags retains an elegant shape despite its large size.
A celebrity favourite.
Large enough to store your laptop and daily essentials.
Saint Laurent’s bag is the tote of dreams.
This classic bag is a weekend hero.