“Can you even fit anything in that bag?” That is the question friends, strangers, and even my partner have asked me when I’m donning one of my favorite mini designer bags. As an avid collector of mini bags, I’m well aware that this particular handbag trend requires a commitment to minimalism and even impracticality at times. Yes, there are more functional bags like clutches and oversize totes, but I don’t care. It’s not about function for me; it’s about fashion. Denying a mini designer bag because of its size is like trying to relinquish the very grip it has on the celeb set and mere mortals alike. From the ready-to-wear collections of designers like Telfar and Jacquemus to recent red carpets (think Lizzo wearing a tiny Valentino bag at the 2019 American Music Awards), it’s evident that, though it may be physically minuscule, this bag trend is having a major moment.
Of course, the true telltale sign of a trend’s longevity is if stylish people (like yourself) are buying and wearing it. And while my editor’s intuition says yes to baby bags, I wanted to back it up with some stats that I probed from the all-in-one shopping service Klarna. Since last summer, Klarna reported that searches for designer mini bags across retailers have jumped over 713%, which clearly isn’t a micro-trend. But if you’re still not sold on why mini bags are worth every penny, then keep scrolling. I’ve rounded up 50 of the best mini designer bags at various price points to convince Who What Wear readers that not securing this popular bag is a serious fumble.
It’s not a roundup of mini designer bags without paying homage to the brand that brought them into the zeitgeist: Jacquemus. If you’re not buying into its viral, more expensive Le Chiquito design, then this small pouch is a great way to dip your toes into mini-bag territory.
One of the most popular mini designer handbags of the moment is from Telfar, obviously. Not only is this bag beloved by the fashion set, but it’s also one of the most popular bags oh Klarna. If you can get your hands on this tote, then I can attest to it being worth every penny.
Long before Telfar was spotted on Beyoncé, it was known as a rising Black-owned brand. So take it from me: Securing a designer mini bag before it blows up is the best way to go. The next brand making a practical yet petite bag worth buying is Ciriaco. You heard it here first!