Micro Bags 2.0: The Case for Going Mini This Summer

Mini handbags have evolved since the trend first took off and there are a few rules that you need to follow if you want to keep the look chic and fresh. Rule number one? Think small. Really small. Like, itty-bitty.

When micro bags first started to appear, they were a tongue-in-cheek response to popular oversized bags. Bright colors and fun patterns were the name of the game and there was a silent, intense competition to see whose mini bag could be cutest. Many were cuddly animal-shaped pieces designed to make every passerby go, “Aww.” Micro bags essentially looked like sweet regular handbags that had shrunk in the wash. They had the proportions and functionality of a normal bag, just scaled down.

That’s not the case anymore. Now, statements are being made that beg the question: just how small can a bag actually get? The recent runways of Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and more have been pushing traditional bag boundaries and the results are being snapped up by street style pros like Thássia Naves and Yuyu.

Before, the phrase “nano bag” may have been a bit of a stretch. But like most forms of technology (computers, phones, etc.), micro bags started out small and have only gotten smaller. As we head into the summer months, when there are fewer daily essentials to lug around, a mini bag is really all you need on most days. So, let these street style stars inspire your pocket-sized purse game with 10 micro bags that are extraordinarily detailed, amazingly adorable — and yes, magnificently mini.

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