How do YOU decide Hand held or Shoulder bag?? Seriously?

Ghost55

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I have been debating this since having children 5 years ago. I do have both, shoulder and hand held bags. But...what pray tell makes you decide which one you need or will use more?

I currently have: (in LV)
Damier Azur Hampstead MM
Damier Ebene Chelsea
Mono 30 Speedy
Damier Ebene 25 Speedy
Mono Sophie

So..although I have a 5 year old and a 1 year old. I am currently using my Damier Speedy. I used the Chelsea today for Chucky Cheese, but I only use that when I am going out and about for the day with the kids. I normally use it as a work bag.

I am currently using my speedy as a daily bag otherwise.

so...How do you know if you are a shoulder bag or a hand held bag girl (guy) respectably..??

I am very curious to hear others take on the situation and hopefully I will learn something new.:heart:
 

ayla

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In LV I have -

Batignolles Horizontal
Batignolles Vertical
Neverfull MM
Neverfull MM Damier
Popincourt Haut
Hampstead MM
Trevi PM
Musette Tango
Pochettes in Monogram, White MC and the Navona which I carry out for clubbing

..and my lone handheld, Speedy 25 in monogram.

As you can see, I'm pretty tipped towards the shoulder bag side. I had the azur 25 and damier 30 speedies at one point, but I just could not get used to having a handheld bag !!! I discovered this preference through trial and error ! :yes:

Maybe it's a regional thing ? I remember reading in the Hermes thread that a lot of French ladies do the handheld bag thing because it doesn't throw off the "lines" of their clothes ! :yes:
 

kenzo89

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I have both and it really depends what I feel like on the day. Majority of my handheld bags I can fit over my shoulder so it happens to work out quite well really.
 

haven

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I use whatever my current whim dictates. There really is no logic to it. Except for when I do some heavy duty kid activities - like Disneyland- then it is shoulder bag all the way.
 

LisaG719

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I am having just that issue. I can't decide whether I prefer hand held or over the shoulder pieces.

For LV I have:
Black Denim Mahina (shoulder)
Amarante Rodeo Drive (shoulder)
Brown Watercolor Pap (shoulder)
Amarante Summit Drive (hand)
Mono Speedy 30 (hand)
Fuchsia Denim Neo Speedy (hand)
Lilac Epi Jasmin (hand)

I have long hair so I do tend to get frustrated with over the shoulder bags. They tend to get tangled in or pull my hair. But, hand held pieces get heavy and burdensome. I guess my favorites tend to be bags that look fabulous when held either way.
 

heychar

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Shoulder bags get me frustrated and all flustered while shopping, its even worse when I've got my little boy who hates shopping with me! I'm a handheld Gal' for sure!... but I am considering a Galleria GM to wear crossbody though!
 

Ghost55

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Thank you all for these responses!

Ayla~ Your collection is fabulous and your honesty has made me realize that I need to think about functionality. Do I really want to carry 2 bags when now I can use the Chelsea or the Hampstead to fit the diapers/wipes/snacks/wallet/make-up bag/ agenda/ etc...

I appreciate your honesty and I am going to stick with the shoulder bags for outings right now and the speedies for quick jaunts/work days.
Now having said this, I love the speedies. I love the fact that they are cute and easy to pick up and go with absolutely everything.

I purchased the Sophie to use on date nights with DH and baseball games in the city. Love this bag to death.:heart:
 

Ghost55

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Shoulder bags get me frustrated and all flustered while shopping, its even worse when I've got my little boy who hates shopping with me! I'm a handheld Gal' for sure!... but I am considering a Galleria GM to wear crossbody though!

How are you going to wear it cross the body? Can the strap be lengthened enough?:shrugs:..If so that would be fabulous!
 

SweetPurple

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I used to be "shoulder bag only" kinda girl, and now that I think about it ... that was when my kids were still tiny and I had to carry them too. The past few years as they have grown, I started carrying my shoulder bags by the crook of my arm. So I bought my first handheld which was the MC Speedy ... and it's all downhill from there lol!

I actually love bags that can be carried both ways like the Palermo, Neo Cabby and alike.
 

Ghost55

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I am having just that issue. I can't decide whether I prefer hand held or over the shoulder pieces.

For LV I have:
Black Denim Mahina (shoulder)
Amarante Rodeo Drive (shoulder)
Brown Watercolor Pap (shoulder)
Amarante Summit Drive (hand)
Mono Speedy 30 (hand)
Fuchsia Denim Neo Speedy (hand)
Lilac Epi Jasmin (hand)

I have long hair so I do tend to get frustrated with over the shoulder bags. They tend to get tangled in or pull my hair. But, hand held pieces get heavy and burdensome. I guess my favorites tend to be bags that look fabulous when held either way.



^^ Love this quote! This should be my motto..as long as I look fabulous...
 

Flipper

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I'm a hand held girl for a really weird reason I think, and I only say weird cause I haven't seen people mention it before. I have pretty long hair (down to my waist), and I don't tie it up often, so everytime I put a bag on my shoulder, it tends to get caught on my hair, kwim? and I have to pull my hair out from under the handle, which I find really irritating :sad: So I just go hand held!

Though for me it's probably easier since I have no kids, just gotta take care of myself!
 

19flowers

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I always prefer a hand held bag. It looks better, IMO, since it doesn't tug and pull against your clothes at the shoulder or drag against the hip. Clothes just look better with a hand held bag.
 

ztainthecity

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this is such a good subject because my first response was shoulder, but I have two LV handheld bags that i adore and use often (speedy and manhattan GM)..

i think shoulder bags are more functional, but it depends on how often you will use the bag.. if its just out to dinner, i prefer a handheld bag..whereas out and about (shopping/school/etc.) I prefer a shoulder bag.