Thursday, 21 January 2010

New Year’s Resolution; the IT Bag loses weight…

It appears that as new technology advances, designs of smaller multi-purpose gadgets and smart phones are taking the place of old-fashioned, bulky Filofaxes, cumbersome mobile phones and hefty laptops. The first mobile phones on the market weighed in at around 9oz and early laptops an average 4lb 6oz. Add electronic organisers, device chargers and music players at around 6oz each to the melee and you were looking at carrying some serious weight. However, the advent of smart phones has rendered many of these older devices obsolete as they can access email, surf the internet, play music and be used as an address book and organiser and all without taking up copious amounts of space. Also, the popularity of the new iPhone, the Blackberry and the smaller MP3 player has taken a huge burden off the shoulders of the nation's ladies and done much to improve posture, to boot!

According to research by Debenhams, new technology has resulted in the average weight of a ladies handbag being reduced by up to 57% and today’s handbag weighs just 3lb 5oz compared to 7lb 11oz two years ago. The greatest percentage of weight in a woman's handbag is still made up of staples such as make-up, mirror, purse, tissues, perfumes, sanitary products, brushes, toothpaste, receipts, address books and headache pills. Books, magazines, brushes, perfume, keys, tube map, deodorants, contraceptive pills and lipsalve also feature prominently.

The High Street stores are already predicting that the new trend for lighter accessories and devices will bring about a return of more normal sized handbags rather than a repeat of the huge, over-sized IT bags to which we have become accustomed from designers such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Last year, Cheryl Cole was spotted carrying a huge Louis Vuitton handbag through LA airport but if the predictions are bang on trend, then we’ll be seeing much smaller bags on the arms of celebrities such as the one Kelly Brook currently sports. One of the main bag trendsetters, Victoria Beckham, has recently been photographed with an £80,000 silver Himalayan Birkin, which is considerably smaller than some of the cavernous bags she has been seen hauling around in the past.

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