Fancy a de-clutter? You may have noticed – or your aching arm may have told you – that bags have been getting bigger and bigger. So you’ll be delighted to hear that the mini bag, which has been flaunting its bite-sized dimensions for a while now, is having a moment of its own for autumn/winter 2014/15. Now is your chance to ditch that portmanteau that you drag around, on some days at least, and to take stock, literally.
This little gem has been spotted swinging along the runways, or sitting snugly as a clutch. Valentino went back to 1973 for a collection of psychedelic multicolours with matching footwear, and added studs for good measure. Colour was much in evidence everywhere with Stella McCartney’s orange faux-leather, Louis Vuitton’s grid-patterned blue leather, and Dolce & Gabbana’s floral acetate. Chanel toned it down in clear Plexiglas, while Giorgio upped the class vibe with a gold finish.
These pint-sized scene stealers will sway on your shoulder at the end of straps and chains, but to make up in adaptability for what they lose in size, many offer you the option of a tiny handle to grasp as you might hold on to a friend (we’d like to point out that it IS a friend, of course). Clutches will nestle neatly in the crook of your arm, while cross bodies and satchels will join tiny totes as produced by Prada.
In case you think this is a lightweight summer trend, let us assure you that a mini bag won’t be phased by an slouchy jumper or a heavyweight coat. In fact, it will revel in the challenge. These items may be as small as dolls’ accessories, but they can pack a punch – brighten up black and white houndstooth with a bold shade, or use it to upstage intricate prints, such as tropical, floral and geometric. There’s no space for wastage here, so get the message across with two tone, or match embellishments on clothes and bag. Choose vibrant colours for your outfit and the same for your purse.
Balance an oversized scarf with a micro tote, or team with a tee and ripped jeans. For cooler days, cover up by throwing on a bomber and ankle boots or cut-outs. Mix black, white and silver, or plump for animal print. Embrace the mini bag trend, and your shoulders will thank you – and so will we.
The featured photo is of Negin Mirsalehi wearing her mini bag from Tod’s D’Cube
Sandra Hagelstam with her mini bag from Balenciaga
Lainy Hedaya with her mini bag from Dolce & Gabbana
Audrey Leighton Rogers with her mini bowler bag from Kate Spade