Laura Buccellati, luxury handbag designer and collector, gives CM these handbag tips.

One trend Laura would recommend for a plus size woman would be to carry a larger bag, such as the Scappatella. Meaning “Little Getaway,” Scappatella makes a perfect day to weekend bag. Refined side buckles allow this bag to go from large to larger with ease. Add one of Laura’s signature silk scarf (her personal gift with each bag) to complete the look.

Wearing a monochromatic look from head to toe is sophisticated and generally a great quick-slimming trick. A bright bag, like the Zabaione Leather Gwen, would provide a nice punch to a solid black ensemble. An Ivy Katie would complement an all grey, tan or brown look.

Laura recommends for women of any size and shape to splurge on a functional exotic skin bag; mothers deserve to feel chic and glamorous all day long. The lightweight, roomy Gwen in grey or Cappuccino Python makes a luxurious statement without sacrificing any functionality.