Photo:Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell; Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy Alejandra Alonso Rojas; Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell
Much to the dismay of my family, friends, and partner, mini bags had a gorilla grip on me the past few seasons. You could not convince me that buying a purse that only fit my credit cards and chapstick was a bad buy—I went to bat for my Jacquemus Le Chiquito bag. And while mini bags will always have a place in my heart and closet, as an editor, I must be able to see the writing on the walls (or, in this case, on the runways) that big bags are back. Never in a million years did I think I'd be the person to proclaim the following statement, but alas, here we are.
Coming to terms with the return of oversized bags will take time for anyone who's loved the miniature versions, but easing into this trend may be easier than we think. F/W 22 runway collections showed us that oversized bags could be just as fun as mini bags. Need proof? Ahead, I've done a deep-dive to show how large purses have not only made a comeback but how they're not the bland iterations of the past. Plus, I've rounded up the 36 best oversized bags to shop at every price point that is sure to convert even the biggest mini-bag fans to size up (at least for the time being).
Oversized bags on the runway:
Photo:Courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Courtesy of Chloé
Scour the F/W 22 collections of various designers, and you'll realize that oversized bags are back and bigger than ever. We saw everything from large shoulder bags at Chloé and Salvatore Ferragamo to massive totes at Brandon Maxwell and Bottega Venetta. But unlike the traditional totes and shoulder bags of the past, newer iterations of this bag trend centered on surprising details like geometric shapes, luxe materials, and vibrant hues, all packed into extra large silhouettes. The result is a bag trend that feels as fun as previous beloved bag trends but is far more practical.
Oversized bags on the fashion set:
That practicality is fully displayed in how quickly the fashion set has taken up this trend. From traditional large totes to oversized crossbody bags to supersized shoulder bags, there are so many variations of this bag trend that it's only logical it's blown up. Versatility and functionality are the true markings of a great purse—and oversized bags are just that. Of course, for mini bag loves (myself included), warming up to this style will be a big adjustment, but take it as an invitation to try something new this fall. Who knows, you may fall in massively love with this trend.
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