Designers love to play with proportion. Think maxis and minis and jeggings and wide-leg jeans. Bags can vary greatly in size from the massive totes we carry around for day to slim evening clutches. For Spring 2016, day bags got a makeover. Instead of their usual roomy shapes, they’ve been shrunken down. It is a trend that was seen again and again at the Spring 2016 shows. You may have to cut down a bit on the “necessities” you keep in your bag, but it is worth it. Plus, your poor shoulder and arm will thank you for giving them a break from the 10 lbs sacks.
Here are 11 mini bags you should be carrying this spring:
This bag may be small, but it is decorated with lots of cutout work. The bag measures in at 6″ x 9″ x 4″ so there is still enough room for your keys, lipstick, cash and maybe a snack or two.
This vegan leather bag has an interesting shape compared to your standard bucket bag. The red color is surprisingly versatile and the 7″ by 10″ size is perfect for people who do not want to go too small.
Add a pop of color to your wardrobe with this little satchel. Carry it by the top handle or use the shoulder strap for a hands-free option. The contrasting white strap is an unexpected addition.
This bag may only be 9″ x 6.5″ x 1.5″ but there is no missing it thanks to the cheerful coral color. The dog leash closure and chain shoulder strap are pretty eye-catching too.
A classic handbag shape has been shrunken down for 2016. FYI: It’s approximately 8.5″ x 9.5″ x 3.5.” It still has plenty of interesting details. Note the accordion gusset and top handle with silver hardware.
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This orange bag is a wee little thing at 5″ x 6″ x 3″. You probably own wallets bigger than that, but you will be tempted to majorly cut down on what you need to carry for the vibrant leather bag.
Tick off three trends in one look with this bag. You’ve got pastels, a bucket shape and a mini size. If you want to count the drawstring as a tassel, that is another trend. The leather bag’s dimensions are approximately 9″ x 7.5″ x 4.5″.
This crossbody bag will take you from festival season to weekends out shopping. The leather bag features a whipstitch detail that adds the right vintage vibe.
Are you looking for a versatile bag that isn’t black or brown? Try this dusty sky blue one. It almost looks gray, so it will work with lots of pieces in your spring wardrobe. The chain strap means you could wear it into the evening. It measures a precise 7.09″ x 2.76″ x 5.12″.
This little bag is just the right size to hold your actual essentials. Note: That doesn’t include your two water bottles and entire packed lunch. You can make do without them for this brown faux leather bag.
All the bags may be small, but that doesn’t mean that you are restricted on shape. There are lots to choose from whether you like bucket bags or crossbody bags. If you’re a fan of envelope shapes, you cannot go wrong with the green one. It is a diminutive 7″ x 3.5″ x 5.5″.