When mini bags first emerged on the scene, I have to admit that I was skeptical if they would take off. I have always gravitated towards the practicality of big bags, so the arrival of mini bags was confusing for me. Curiosity took over— Who would want to wear these? What can people fit in there? And most importantly, how do they carry so little with them? When I started seeing celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Ariana Grande wearing mini bags, I thought this trend would fade away as quickly as it arrived. But as we transition into fall, mini bags have proven they aren’t going anywhere fast.
The big pain point for me with this trend is that it moves away from the ideology of a statement bag. For most purse lovers, a bag is the first thing that catches our eye, and is often the most interesting part of an outfit. You may be wearing plain clothing, but a bag can make it memorable; which is a primary reason why I love bags so much. The athleisure trend is crystalized proof that a purse can turn simple clothes into an outfit. I’m not sure that a mini bag has the ability to create the same effect. Suddenly not having the bag be the focal point of an outfit is a big adjustment to make.
On the other hand, I do love the aesthetic of mini bags. The “less is more” approach is dainty and delicate; a look I can get on board with. Along with a beautiful design, these small bags often pack a punch with ornate details. With footwear getting increasingly chunkier, it seems only natural that I would balance my outfit with a smaller bag. When paired with statement clothing or shoes, I can appreciate how tiny and cute mini bags are. But I have to wonder—is this a trend that works for the masses? I know I personally would have a difficult time using a mini bag. As beautiful as they are, it doesn’t change the fact that I carry around a lot with me day to day (and I mean a lot). I can barely use a traditional cross body, how am I going to go so small? I’m not sure I am ever going to get to the point where I can consolidate enough to have a mini bag be functional for me, but that doesn’t mean I can’t admire from afar!
Have you tried out the mini trend? What was the hardest item to cut from your bag? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear what you think about the trend! Shop some of my favorites below.
Gucci Sylvie Mini Chain Bag
Louis Vuitton Twist Chain Wallet
Tory Burch Miller Crossbody
Fendi Micro Peekaboo
Prada Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag
Chanel Classic Wallet on Chain
Hermes Cherche-Midi Mini Bag
Kate Spade Reese Park Delilah