The search for a new bag began when I was looking for a new gym bag; when I came across the Studio Bag, I immediately fell in love with its stylish appearance and versatility. I continued my search hoping that I would find another bag at a more affordable price.... but alas, nothing could compare. When I decided to go for it, I agonized over what size to get--I wanted it to be large enough to hold my gym clothes, laptop, a water bottle and small personal items, so my immediate reaction was to go for the large. But once I compared the holding capacities and read a review that said the medium bag held its shape better, I opted for the medium. The medium works better for me than I even imagined and I now use it interchangeably as a work, gym and travel bag. My one complaint is that the button on the clasp that holds the front two handles together often comes unbuttoned and pops the straps open--if it gets worse, I will contact Caraa to discuss options for getting this fixed. I also wish there was an external pocket to hold a water bottle. Other than that, this bag is dreamy and I get a ton of compliments on it.