Loathe: Poshitis

For once, I am writing about Victoria Beckham and the theme isn’t “YOU SUCK!” I am writing about Poshitis, a term coined by a London paper which describes the physical problems associated by carrying a heavy bag on the crutch of your arm.

poshitis, designer handbags, victoria beckham, physiotherapy

I’m suffering from a type of Poshitis and I am miserable. I started to notice alignment problems near my rib cage and hips after my second child, and I’ve been getting physio and doing weird exercises every night to rid myself of this condition ever since. As the pain started after my second child, I presumed the cause was pregnancy and the physical strain of feeding, carrying, and caring for babies. It turns out that having kids were not the cause of my problem, they simply exacerbated it. My massage therapist told me recently that the muscles around my spine (which are causing my ribs and pelvis bones to become all crooked) are so tense that they are most likely caused by something I have been doing for over ten years. Carrying a very heavy bag on my right shoulder.

Anyway, I am not writing this piece to get pity from you all, but I am writing it as a warning to all those people who, like me, carry a very heavy bag on one shoulder day after day – to stop! If it catches up with you, you’ll be uncomfortable and massively out of pocket due to huge physio and massage therapy bills. My back is a mess as a result of Poshitis, and it sucks. What sucks even more, is that I am now resigned to carrying a backpack and trying to convince myself that a backpack can be fashionable. Watch this space, I am on the hunt for a very good looking backpack – let’s see what I find.

P.S. Victoria Beckham, you suck.

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  • http://moiminnie.blogspot.com/ moiminnie

    While I absolutely despise carrying my bag like Victoria Beckham, I am guilty of wearing it over my right shoulder only, too. Since my uni days I had to drag around a bag full of gouache, brushes, history of costume encyclopedias, not to mention heavy sketchbooks – and it wasn’t fun. So now I’m trying to carry the least possible amount of things, just the necessities. However, I have to disagree with you and tell you that backpacks can be oh so stylish! I have been obsessed with them for two years now and my collection is rapidly growing. I think you’ll grow to love them!
    PS. Your post scriptum made me chuckle :)

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Please send over some great backpack recommendations! I am on the hunt.

  • ED
  • Lloyd & Wolf

    Alexandra, meet Steffi : https://www.lloydandwolf.com/products/steffi/
    ; ) Cheers! – Larissa

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Lovely! Let me know when you launch it in black :-)

  • @Elaryen

    Ah yes, my physio therapist told me this about 2 years ago … “It is this side you carry your bag, right? Switch it up”

    And I’ve tried but … it feels so uncomfy and weird on the left side. As often as possible tho I will go with just what fits into the pockets of my jacket (it helps that I don’t need to carry around make-up utensils). Going to try and double the effort of switching and maybe use my backpack more often.

  • Jill

    Have you looked at MZ Wallace? They have a backpack called the Marlena that I love. I saw it modeled in one of their catalogs and the lady was wearing it with a peacoat, tight pants tucked into jeans, an oversize scarf and the Marlena. She looked great! http://mzwallace.com/mzwshop/product.php?products_id=1235

  • http://moiminnie.blogspot.com/ moiminnie

    These are on the top of my backpack wishlist – black and simple is how I like my bags.
    1. The Row – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/120049146289433678/
    2. Zara – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/120049146290489196/ – though it only has one strap :(
    3. dailylook.com – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/120049146290585675/

    I also like this one, but I don’t know where it’s from: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/120049146289066039/

    Hope I helped! x

  • Megan

    If you want to support a Canadian designer (who makes everything herself, by hand):

    http://thestowe.com/product/denny-backpack/