9 mini bags that’ll inspire you to carry less during the heatwave

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Harriet Davey
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It’s time to downsize your day bag and switch to a mini bag instead. Not only will it mean you’re cooler in the heatwave, they’re also a key accessory trend for this season, to the next. 

The heatwave is here, and seen as the only layering you’ll want to do is with your SPF, the fashion team has some tips and tricks for keeping cool this summer. 

Not only have they created a summer capsule wardrobe that everyone will actually want to wear, they’ve also sifted through all of your favourite sites to find the dresses you can wear to work during the rising temperatures (including linen). There’s other ways you can beat the sweat, and these revolve around your accessory choices.

While big over-sized straw bags, totes and buckets are more practical for carrying all your essentials, we advise opting for a less practical — but lighter — mini bag. Spotted all over the spring/summer 19 catwalks at Jacquemus, Jil Sander and Oscar De La Renta, it’s no surprise the micro trend (quite literally) has filtered onto the high street, too. With Topshop, Mango and Arket all creating their own teeny tiny bags

Not only will they force us all to declutter the bottomless pit that is our everyday handbag, they’ll also look super chic in the process. Continue to see, and shop, the 9 best mini bags.

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  • Jacquemus Chiquito mini leather bag

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    Best mini bags: Jacquemus

    It wouldn’t be a mini bag edit without the King of mini bags, Jacquemus. 

    Fresh from the new collection shown in a lavender field in Provence (casual), this tiny bag is probably only big enough to fit your door key and lipstick. Practicality points, zero; style points, ten out of ten. 

    £495, Jacquemus

  • Loewe gate mini textured-leather shoulder bag

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    Best mini bags: Loewe

    Although everyone loves the Loewe basket bag this summer, any Loewe bag is a winner. 

    Go for the mini cross body and update any outfit from linen dresses to white jeans and a tee. 

    £875, Loewe

  • Mango croc-effect belt bag

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    Best mini bags: Mango

    What’s better than holding a mini bag instead of a chunky tote, or bucket? Not having to hold a bag at all!

    Go hands-free with a belt bag and wear either around your waist or as a cross-body. Either way, it’ll look sleek.

    £19.99, Mango

  • Topshop shine yellow crocodile mini shoulder bag

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    Best mini bags: Topshop

    Shoulder bags are the Nineties accessory making a major comeback.

    Pack light and go for a mini style so you’re not weighed down on your commute. 

     £25, Topshop

  • Wandler yara mini smooth-leather cross-body bag

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    Best mini bags: Wandler

    If hearing the news earlier this year that Wandler now creates shoes wasn’t enough excitement, take a look at their new mini bag. 

    The timeless red leather will mean you’ll bring it back out year after year.

    £430, Wandler

  • Zara woven mini bag

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    Bets mini bags: Zara

    Wave goodbye to achy arms and switch your over-sized basket bag for a mini raffia cross-body. 

    Team this ochre beauty with anything from denim to floral dresses

    £29.99, Zara

  • By Far Rachel snake effect shoulder bag

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    Best mini bags: By Far

    The fashion team already put By Far on the top five under £300 designer bag list, and now there’s another one to keep an eye out for.

    Baguette, snake print and micro — this blue beauty ticks off all the bag trends in one. 

    £285, By Far

  • Arket leather cross-body bag

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    Best mini bags: Arket

    If minimal is your bag (pun intended) then this is the one for you. It’s so simple and effortless it’ll go with all your outfits even beyond summer. 

    £125, Arket

  • Cult Gaia Cora wooden beaded bag

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    Best Mini bags: Cult Gaia

    This is basically summer in bag form. Tie a silky scarf around the handle and fill with your mini sun cream, a lip balm and a hair tie and you’re ready to hit the beach. 

    £170, Cult Gaia 

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