Petite Quest - Shopping for a Longchamp Tote

Most readers have probably seen their fair share of Longchamp "Le Pliage" totes. I usually avoid buying stuff that everyone and their mom has, but I was pretty sold on these versatile totes. They are made of very lightweight nylon with thin leather straps, and easily fold into a pocket-size rectangle. Although a bit overpriced for the material and craftsmanship, I do like them for the following 2 purposes:

1. Hauling books, laptop, food, extra pair of shoes, or anything else that you wouldn't want to stuff into a nice handbag.
2. Keeping inside a nice handbag in case it starts precipitating. Then you can take it out, unfold, zip your nice bag inside the water-resistant tote, and carry onwards.

Because I'm about as muscular as a fly, the key feature of these totes is "lightweight." I needed an everyday bag that would add zero weight to my clunker work laptop. Longchamp totes come in a spectrum of sizes and handle lengths (and you can even mix and match to form a custom bag online) so why was it so darn difficult to find one suitable for tiny petites?

1. First up - every student & working woman's favorite, Le Pliage Large, $145.
Measurements: 19" across the top, 13" across the bottom, 13" height, and 10" shoulder drop.

Almost all my female coworkers have one of these. It's roomy enough to carry all of the aforementioned items - laptop, makeup bag, lunch, plus extra shoes. But when I tried on my coworker's bag, the 10 inch shoulder drop and 19 inch width were overwhelming, to say the least:
I look like I'm smuggling a small child in that bag! Note the 5'5" female silhouette from Saks' website and how normal the bag looks on her. I really like this feature from their online handbag department as it helps me judge the relative size of each handbag. Crazy how big of a difference 6 inches in height can make!

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