As someone who used to walk around with the largest bag possible stuffed with anything one could possibly need, tiny bags horrified me. I have always felt the need to have a stock of products on me, from phone chargers to more than one lipstick option (Just in case I lost one.) But as I continued to carry black-hole bags that would often be stuffed with unnecessary items, I realized I needed to approach things in a more minimal way and downsize. I don't think I'm ready to join the tiny bag crew yet, but there's still a variety of compact-sized bags on the market that'll fit the essentials.
Since I'm sure I'm not the only one looking to downsize on my accessory game, I did the digging and found 12 popular bags that meet the size requirement all while holding the perfect amount. While a lot of "durable" bags can often not be the prettiest, many of these bags are fashion girl favorites so don't fret, this selection will meet your requirements in the aesthetics department. From new and trendy items to classic pieces, there's a variety of styles below that are worth investing in as your everyday bag.
1. The Prada Re-Edition
There's a reason why the Prada Re-Edition bag became so popular, and it's not just because it's cute. The nylon makes it more durable and functional, and it holds more than other pochette bags, which are often leather.
3. The JW Pei Gabbi Bag
I own this bag and when I first purchased it, I didn't think it would be able to hold much but I was quickly proven wrong. If you're looking for a fun-colored bag that still holds your essentials and comes at an affordable price point, you've met your match.
4. The Gucci Jackie Bag
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After watching way too many TikToks of girls talking about the comeback of the Gucci Jackie, I ended up purchasing a vintage one off of a secondhand site. I like how it has the shoulder bag style but with a little more room, unlike a pochette.
5. The Bottega Veneta Pouch
You've definitely seen a girl post her New Bottega pouch on Instagram and like me, were shocked when they showed how much they could fit inside.
6. The Coach Swinger
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Coach has brought back their archival swinger bag and I'm 100% here for it. It's a modern and more classic take on the style, and I can easily see it being a bag that's used every day or for when we start to go out again. If Paris Hilton can fit her necessities in it, I'm sure I can too.
7. The Marc Jacobs Softshot 17 Bag
Photo:Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
According to a Nordstrom reviewer, she was able to fit all her work essentials into this bag from her iPhone 12 to her charger and wallet. It also comes with a long strap so it's more convenient for when you're on-the-go.
8. By Far Amber Shoulder Bag
Certain patent bags can be tricky, but this By Far one comes at the perfect size and shape that's not too big or too small. It's also been approved by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber.
9. The Mansur Gavriel Mini Bucket Bag
Photo:Courtesy of Mansur Gavriel
Mansur Gavriel's bucket bags have been out for quite a while now, but I remain firm in that it's a staple that can't ever go out of style. Remember the drawstring backs you used to carry around in highschool that just seemed to fit absolutely everything? Well, think of this as the grown-up more chic version of that.
11. The Longchamp Le Pliage Bag
I've had my Longchamp Le Pliage in the larger size for years, and I just recently found out that they also have an Extra Small version. Considering how much the large fits, I have no doubts that the smaller version is just as durable and functional.
12. The Loewe Puzzle Bag
This bag is a fashion-girl favorite that I can get behind. It's unique shape is structured but flexible, proving that a fashionable handbag doesn't have to sacrifice functionality.