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The New Mini It Bags To Get Your Hands On

Big isn't better. Live that minimalist lifestyle with these statement-making petite carriers.

If you thought the nano bag trend from a few seasons ago was silly, the rise of the mini bag shows it’s a trend that’s here to stay. Going by the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter’19 runways of Jacquemus, Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs, where mini, micro and nano bags were trotted out, these pieces of arm candy are getting smaller and smaller.

Yes, they’re impractical but they’re also geared for people who thrive on a pared-down lifestyle and days (and nights out) where you want to bring as little as possible — i.e. just a lippie, some powder for touch up, a credit card, keys and your cell.

Some of them, however, are so teensy they could only fit AirPods (we’re looking at you Jacquemus’s F/W’19 Mini Le Chiquito). Instead, here are some that are both tiny yet useful enough so you don’t have to lug around a heavy bag.

 

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Balenciaga shopping tote XXS, $2,230
Balenciaga’s irreverence presents itself in the form of a tote bag reminiscent of the brand’s paper bag that comes accompanied with your purchase. If you really want to play up the playful illusion, then we suggest skipping this fiery red number and opting for the black or grey ones instead. This square tote also features a removable adjustable strap that transforms it to a shoulder or crossbody bag for casual, hands-free weekend dates. Chanel flap bag, $4,910
This mini flap bag features the iconic double C logo from the house of Chanel that we love. This white, creamy number would add pizzazz to a black pantsuit or LBD, especially when finished with a slinky pair of kitten heels. Fendi Mini Baguette, price available in store
Refreshed with Fendi’s signature FF monogram, the Baguette is a staple that every fashionista covets. This versatile black nappa leather piece would pair well with a feminine colourblock dress for work or a glittery sequin dress for a girl’s night out. Loewe Puzzle mini bag raspberry, $2,390
Inspired by origami, the Loewe Puzzle bag created by creative director Jonathan Anderson remains a firm favourite among fans, thanks to its technical yet unique and aesthetically design. This mini raspberry hue iteration is perfect for those who prefer a petite size while not wanting to compromise on style. We say this will look great alongside a double denim look with sneakers. Mansur Gavriel Black Mini Mini, US$395 (S$540.44)
For those who love the classic Mansur Gavriel bucket bag but find it too large and cumbersome, this petite version is ideal — and it retains the features and silhouette of its larger counterpart. Match the boxy silhouette with a cape blazer and sleek wide-legged trousers for the office Mulberry Micro Seaton bright navy small classic grain with conic studs, $1,238
If you need a fun, little bag for a night out or a romantic weekend date, this studded piece from Mulberry features cute red and white conic stud details. The bag also features three internal credit card slots so you can leave your wallet at home and just bring the bare essentials. Sold. Aldo Argrawen belt bag, S$69
Bum bags are on-trend and this cheery bright red number adds a fun pop of colour to any outfit you pair it with. Finish it with your favourite street style ensemble — a crop top and wide-legged denim trousers work best for us — for a casual weekend. Zara methacrylate animal print hand bag, $99.90
Stand out from the crowd of OL leather bags with this methacrylate number from Zara. The animal print colour adds a retro touch to the whimsical box clutch. Go monochromatic and pair it with your favourite animal print pieces, or play up the red handle by wearing with flaming red midi.