While some celebrities prefer to wear mini-bags only large enough to fit a pack of gum, Mary-Kate Olsen understands the importance of a maxi-tote. The Row co-founder had a hand in popularizing oversized, minimalist carryalls, and she’s still keen on the trend. Spotted on the streets of Manhattan this morning, Olsen wore not one but two giant bags. The star chose a piece of her own design on her right side: The Row’s Margaux inside-out tote, a canvas and leather top-handle with plenty of pockets and belted panels on the side to expand and contract its shape. Nearly two feet long, the Margaux can fit everything a person needs for their workday and then some. Still, there wasn’t enough space for the designer on the go.
Olsen’s second bag of choice was a streamlined yet slouchy shape, also in black leather. She carted both over The Row’s sleek Dustova wool-blend coat, wide-leg jeans, and a white button-down. The pared-down outfit kept with the less-is-more aesthetic she and sister, Ashley, espouse within their line. Focused on her errands rather than making a fashion statement, she kept the accessories to a minimum by adding just one oversized gold ring and a matching Rolex, then going about her business.
Given Olsen’s petite frame, her enormous accessories stood out, but even if you only want to rely on a single purse, her outfit comes with a style lesson: there’s no such thing as a bag that’s too big. On this season’s runways, handbags expanded to proportions once reserved for luggage. At shows like Brandon Maxwell, Khaite, Chloé, and Stella McCartney, size mattered. Early adopters like Olsen have already taken that idea onto the streets, and though their keys are destined to disappear into the cavernous depths, their inner packrat will be happy for all that extra room.