It seems that as I add to my bag collection the size of the bag keep getting larger. And it's not that I carry alot of things but I just happen to really like the bag. Small bags hold little appeal to me at this time. My Kooba Renee measures 16" wide and now I'm expecting a Gustto that is 17" wide (which I think may be my limit). I started out saying that 15" was the limit since I'm a small framed kinda gal. For you, in a handbag, how big is too big?