Nowadays, it seems like bigger is better: gigantic iPhones, extravagant mansions, and jumbo-sized iced coffees (we’re looking at you, Starbucks). However, a new trend taking over the fashion world is proving just the opposite. Tiny, and oftentimes impractical, handbags are the industry’s chicest accessory right now, with models and influencers alike sporting the look. This trend allows for a lot of creative freedom for designers, giving them free-reign to construct crazy mini bags that sometimes can’t even hold more than a bobby pin. Despite the inconvenience, these soaring sensations are the most coveted accessory for both high fashion and everyday street style.
Last year at the American Music Awards, Lizzo showed up in a gorgeous orange gown, but the gown was not the focal point of the look that night. All anyone could talk about in the days after the red carpet was her itty-bitty white Valentino bag that seemed almost impossibly small. This extreme take on the trend turned many heads and further invigorated the already rising popularity it had within pop culture.
The idea of a tiny bag definitely isn’t brand new, as it has seen rises and falls in popularity over the years. Some of the most notable examples of popular tiny bags are the world-famous Dior Saddlebag and the Fendi Baguette bag, both of which were popular during the Y2K era.
These bags were immensely popular in their time and since then, have grown cult followings, cementing themselves as some of the most iconic handbags ever created. These two small bags managed to carry the tiny trend into the 21st century. Now in 2020, we’re seeing a resurgence of tiny bags (although Lizzo’s Valentino was an extreme example).
On the runway at London Fashion Week this year, designer Ashley Williams debuted a very funky vintage-inspired white and blue mini handbag. This look was critically acclaimed and is just one example of hundreds of mini bags that premiered on the runways this season. Similarly, at Paris Fashion Week 2020, French designer Ami flaunted his creative mini sling bag for men, proving that this trend isn’t limited to just one gender. Both designers’ creativity and innovation with these designs are put on display, as they provide their own takes on the popular tiny bag trend.
Countless celebrities and influencers are rocking this trend all over social media. This all black outfit from Gigi Hadid allows the bright pink handbag to be the statement piece. It’s a bold take on the ultra-stylish trend. On the other hand, Kendall Jenner’s take on the trend is much more subdued and less flashy. Both are chic ways to pull off the trend, just different aesthetics. Even fast fashion websites such as SHEIN and Fashion Nova are diving into the trend, flooding their feeds with tiny bags galore. These tiny commodities are essentially everywhere, so finding your very own shouldn’t be too difficult. No matter what your price point is, there will be an abundance of options for you. Whether you like to make a bold statement, or you prefer to let the rest of your look take the spotlight, there’s a chic bag out there for you. So… what are you waiting for?