Not your average mini: 5 petite bags to invest in this season

Updated on August 11 2017

Exaggerated proportions are what it’s all about now on the catwalks. Either they’re larger-than-life big to the point where you can stuff in your week’s groceries (remember those bottomless Balenciaga Fall 2017 Bazar bags?), or they’re so itty-bitty tiny that the minuscule space won’t even fit your phone (case in point: Fendi’s Fall 2017 slung coin pouches). Yet, in the middle of these trending extremities, herein lies the equally covetable, just-right petite bags.

Sure, they’re smaller than the average carryall, but they’re roomy enough to accommodate your daily essentials (i.e. Wallet? Yes. iPad? No). And of course, the obvious fact that they’re not so big they need their own seating space in a cab, is a huge plus point.

They were once the ultra mini bag of yesteryear, but with the rising ubiquity of doll-sized bags able to hold only a sole cigarette pack, they may no longer be considered today’s trendy “mini” anymore. But that’s fine, though — because at the end of the day, form without function isn’t exactly something you should be investing in. Below, meet the ‘It’ petite bags that’ll earn you bragging — or shall we say, bagging — rights for the next one or three seasons.

(Main image: Prada; featured image: Gucci)

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Gucci Marmont leather belt bag

The Gucci Marmont is the crowning jewel of all belt bags. Compact and in line with the gorpcore chic movement, this is the cool-girl bag you should have in your constant weekly rotation.

S$1,450, Mytheresa

2/5

Balenciaga All Over Logo Bazar strap bag

The cult favourite Bazar pochette ditches the striped vibrancy for a gold-on-black logomania update. Compact and chic, it’s perfect to brave a night of concerts, girls’ nights out, or movie dates with.

S$1180 (US$865), Ssense

3/5

Prada Etiquette bag

Already seen on Gigi Hadid’s off-duty look, this is the chic ‘It’ bag you need (with capital ‘N’). Featuring the signature blue label that had never been stitched outside the inner lining before, the Etiquette bag series is a pared-back and meta take on logomania.

Price upon request

4/5

Loewe Barcelona Laced bag

Loewe’s Laced capsule collection sees reinventions of the brand’s classic staples, but this Barcelona shoulder bag has got to be the winner. Revamped with a bold lacing detail, this petite arm candy may not have enough room for your A4 paperwork, but it sure doesn’t skimp on statement value.

S$3,150, Loewe

5/5

Off-White Diagonal Binder Clip bag

A plush blue velvet spin on the always sold-out Binder Clip bag? Yes, please. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap and an alternate yellow one that bears an uncanny resemblance to the famed industrial belt.

S$1,478 (US$1,085), Ssense