Hi, my name is Allyson Payer, and I'm a bag lady. Former bag lady, that is. The truth is that it gave me comfort to know I'd be prepared for anything, thanks to the contents of my trusty giant handbag. It's chilly? I have a scarf! No soap and water? I have my hand sanitizer! Not sure if I want to wear the same lipstick all day? I'll bring options! And depending on where I'm going, I'll sometimes even carry along a leather tote bag in addition to my handbag.
So what finally broke me of my large-bag devotion? Why, fashion, of course. In case you haven't noticed, handbags have shrunken considerably over the past few seasons, making my large bags feel less of-the-moment. And who can resist the adorableness of mini-sized things? Not I. So I set out on a mission to reform my handbag contents so that I, too, could partake in the mini bag trend.
While it's admittedly been touch and go at times, I've learned a few simple tricks along the way for successfully transitioning to a small handbag, and I'm here to share them with you. Keep scrolling to see how it's done, and shop a slew of adorable mini handbags to motivate you!
I won’t sugarcoat it—this is the hard part. Start by going through the usual contents of your handbag and asking yourself if you really need or even use each item, just as you would during a closet cleanout session. For example, I was carrying around a checkbook. (Who even writes checks anymore?) And that hand lotion that I never used, even though I should? Neither made the cut. Make an effort to be judicious when sorting through the contents of your bag and you'll be surprised just how unnecessary many of the items are.
The next step in the processs is a little more fun—trust me. While you obviously can't do away with a wallet, your keys, and other essentials, you can certainly swap them out for smaller versions. For example, the most important step in making the transition is to use a cardholder instead of a bulky wallet. If you think about it, you're probably only using a few cards in your wallet on a daily basis anyway—meaning you don't really need to carry around that carwash stamp card you haven't used in a year. Keep scrolling to shop a few easy handbag contents swaps that will make a big impact!
Now comes the best part. You can reward yourself with a shiny new mini bag! And who knows? You might never look back. Scroll down to shop some of our favorites, all equally adorable!
Have you made the switch to a mini bag? Tell us how you did it in the comments below!
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