Forget a carry-all; this season it’s all about a bag that can fit only the bare essentials.
At every fashion week, our eyes are on the prizes — that is, the accessories candy trailing off the arms of our favourite street stylers. And this season, one silhouette dominated at London Fashion Week. That is, the tiny bag.
These dinky, diminutive bags are statement worthy in their sheer lack of size. Forget fitting in all your everyday essentials. Leave your purse at home and pack your bank card; got an iPhone 10? You better trade it in for a Nokia 8310, or (more realistically) wear a coat with big pockets, for these teeny tiny trending accessories fit in the bare minimum. But their chic levels? Off the charts.
While they may appear a tad impractical at first, the tiny bag trend has its benefits — what it actually does is force you to be super selective with your packing. After all, our handbags are prone to filling up with all manner of everyday litter, from shopping receipts to numerous lipsticks, balms, hair clips, et cetera. The dinky bag leaves no room for such chaos. (Best of all, such skill will benefit you immensely the next time you’re flying Ryanair with a hand luggage only allowance. Style with substance, see?)
And some of them come with a handy crossbody bag, which leaves you free to carry, if needed, a chic tote bag to fit in all of your actual essentials, laptop included — this means that on your lunch break, you’re not having to cart about your huge, heavy bag; leave it at your desk, sling your tiny bag over your shoulder and simply go to Pret hands-free.
For extra style points, match your micro to your mule — we love this bag by Jacquemus in fluro yellow, paired with a super elegant kitten heel mule.
Are you ready to become an expert bag packer? Shop the best tiny bags below.
1. Danse Lente
Cult bag brand Danse Lente has been creating covetable arm candy since it was founded in 2016; the mini Josh bag is no exception. In on-trend neutrals, and with a grab handle and a croc skin finish, this bag also has a cross-body strap that’s detachable for versatile wearing.
Danse Lente mini Josh bag, £255, Matches Fashion
A simple crossbody belt bag is rendered in a new tiny silhouette at Zara this season; in a deep burgundy, it’s the perfect autumn hue. Sling it crossbody and store your credit card, lipstick and house keys in.
Crossbody bag, £29.99, Zara
3. & Other Stories
Essentially a glorified phone pouch, this super chic forest green flat satchel from & Other Stories is a must-wear this season. With a contrast resin handle as well as a longer body strap, pair this one with chocolate brown trousers and a trench coat.
Resin handle bag, £65, & Other Stories
An actual phone pouch, this functional mini bag from COS is understated in design yet maximum in style. Free from any embellishments, this navy design looks great slung over a pea coat this autumn, and over crisp white shorts come warmer weather.
Phone sling, £35, COS
Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson has been creating cult handbags since his arrival at the Spanish label in 2013; this mini logo-embossed necklace pouch features contrast stitching and a delicious slender yet structured curved silhouette. Ideally sized for smartphones, and a bank card.
Loewe Gate mini bag, £525, Matches Fashion
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