Honey, I Shrunk the Purses!

Oversized bags are so 5 years ago, but even the beloved satchel is being kicked out of fashion. Now, the latest trend is mini bags, so small you almost can’t fit anything in them! But fashion doesn’t necessarily equate functionality -in fact, it rarely does. So if you have the money to spend on things that are completely impractical, then you’re going to be very trendy this year. 

According to TheRealReal (online second-hand goods retailer), in the first half of 2019, searches for “mini bags” increased 544% over previous years. That’s huge! Some of the most desired shrunken items include Gucci’s mini suede Dionysus purse, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito bag, Chloé’s C bag, Prada’s Sidonie shoulder bag, and Louis Vuitton’s Palm Springs and Lockme mini backpacks.

Why the trend toward smaller and smaller bags? Either the universe is playing a prank on those of us who like to be both stylish and practical or, it’s just another case of “cuter is better.” Whatever the cause, we’re not necessarily for or against it, as long as the bag is still big enough for the essentials: phone, wallet, keys, chapstick. Boom.