The mini bag trend is still going strong and it’s no surprise. These days more and more of us are embracing minimalism and ditching our huge carryalls. But whether you’re looking for a new mini bag as a gift for a special someone (yes, that can be yourself) or are looking to try one out for the first time, there are a few trends you need to know.
So let’s break down everything you need to know about mini bags this winter so you can pick the perfect one and style it like a pro.
How mini are the mini bags this season?
Well it depends. There’s certainly a strong trend for so-called “micro” bags, but don’t be fooled into thinking we’re reaching new heights of impracticality because they’re often attached to larger bags. Most mini bags are still just about big enough for a phone and a few essentials and are breaking out of their classic leather roots into new materials and styles. Now you’ve got everything frommini bags to shearling bags for a chic night out or a Saturday morning bagel run.
The good news for you is that the big trends and hot designs for this season offer enough variety to satisfy any need.
The seven best mini bag designs for 2021
Honestly, it wasn’t easy to narrow this down now that mini bags have gone mainstream. The number of options out there can be a bit overwhelming, but we’ve selected the key designs that represent the best of what this season has to offer. Hopefully this will save you a lot of time.
The chain bag
You probably already know that 2020 was a landmark year for big chains on shoes. That trend has now entered the mini bag world and you know what? It makes sense. Much in the same way chunky chains provide really interesting contrast to slender and elegant shoes, those same chains work the same magic on a petite mini bag.
Whether the chain acts as the strap you hold or is purely aesthetic, this trend works wonders because it’s visually interesting and plays off what’s unique about these bags.
The leather mini bag
This has been at the core of the mini bag trend from the start and that’s not about to change. What is changing is the variety of leather options you can find these days. As mentioned above, you’ve got vegan leather, sueded leather, croc embossed leather, and on and on. There’s a lot of bags with serious personality out there, but ultimately you really can’t beat the clean look of an authentic leather bag in a single strong color (personally, I love yellow this season).
The minimalist bag
I mentioned the connection between the broader mini bag trend and minimalism so it’s no big shock that this is a closely connected trend. Mini bags with clean lines which emphasize the textures, shapes, and materials while also getting you to live with less are big. It’s not for everyone but if you’re curious about trying out a mini bag for the first time, these pieces are more likely to be classics that you’ll want to take out for years to come.
The belt bag
Besides the size, perhaps the most controversial thing about mini bags is that most of them have to be carried in your hand. For a lot of women out there, that’s simply a dealbreaker. Fortunately, this season belt bags have become big, allowing you to simply wear your bag and keep your hands free.
The different shape mini bag
This year, designers have had a real field day playing with unique mini bag shapes. The results have been a lot of fun. You’ve got everything from boxes to spheres, hearts to pyramids making bold statements and being more than a little cheeky at times. These designs inject some fun into an outfit and give you the chance to use shape as more of a design element in an outfit, tying a mini bag in with other items like jewelry to create memorable looks.
The accent bag
There’s no getting around the fact that mini bags aren’t the most functional accessories. So it only makes sense that one of the trends this year is to embrace that with bags that focus more on form over function. They might be in the shape of something like a spherical bag mentioned above or just an ultra chic clutch that can’t quite hold a phone. Either way, these bags are all about being fun and flashy.
The art bag
This year we’re also seeing some mini bags dip into the avant garde, looking like everything from milk cartons to mini old-school suitcases. While they may be more functional than an accent bag, they still definitely prioritize fun over anything else. They might not be what you’ll carry everyday, but a funky art bag is far more likely to be the accessory everyone is talking about long after a party or event is over.