A slight impractical cloud may hover over the best mini handbags, but don’t let that rain on your fashion parade. Like the stylish clutches, teensy handhelds, tiny crossbodies, and so-small shoulder bags may be little and capable of containing not much more than a lipstick and credit card. But plenty of great things come in small packages—like dazzling diamond earrings or a gorgeous ring, for instance—and baby bags are no different. Besides, paring things down to the strict essentials makes life that breezier whether you’re dressing for errands, a party, or a weekend adventure around town. And let us not dismiss the dopamine-dressing urge to wear things that boost moods and spark smiles—joy is unquestionably the best reason to invest in any trend, with teeny handbags being one of them.
The best minis pack a major punch, from Jacquemus’s cult Le Chiquito to Prada’s shrunken nylon Re-Edition 2000 and Balenciaga’s nano Neo Classic City bag. Supersaturated tones and pastel shades stand out against neutral attire for a playful touch but look equally great with vibrant colors and prints for bolder moments. Of course, fail-safe black, white, and tan tinies look great with minimalist outfits when channeling the ’90s and aughts. Meanwhile, bedazzled designs and woven takes are made for pairing with party and vacation looks, respectively—two occasions where outfits are well documented and worthy of detailed accessory shots. To get your mini fix, keep scrolling to discover Vogue’s edit of the best mini bags to shop now.
The Cute Crossbody
An adorably small crossbody bag is the easiest way to master the mini-handbag trend. Toss one on with athleisure or denim for errands—you’ll love the near-weightless and hands-free ease while on the go.
Bottega Veneta Cassette bag
Mango crossbody mini bag
Staud micro Moon bag
Valentino Rockstud grainy calfskin clutch
Marni Trunk Nano leather shoulder bag
90s Minimal Micros
Throw things back to the ’90s and ’00s with minimalist mini—small-scale shoulder bags and hobos are quintessential when nodding to the era.
The Row 90s leather top-handle bag
Prada Re-Nylon Re-Edition 2000 mini-bag
& Other Stories structured leather shoulder bag
Khaite the Remi hobo bag
Pint-Sized Party Bags
Parties are perhaps the mini’s most natural environment. Whether it’s decked in rhinestones or crafted from lustrous satin, a bedazzled baby bag will become the topic of conversation.
Benedetta Bruzziches Raffaella metallic suspended top-handle bag
Mach & Mach Samantha double-bow glittered shoulder bag
Amina Muaddi Gilda mini crystal-embellished satin tote
Bonny Pink-Violet Satin Bag with Twisted Handle
KARA Black Crystal Fringe Micro Tote
Mini Modern Shapes
A uniquely shaped mini bag is the ultimate eye-catcher. Vibrant tones are undeniably playful with spring and summer outfits, while an architectural shape in black and white is incredibly chic any time of year.
Limone Bag, Grapefruit
Marge Sherwood Off-White Crinkled Shoulder Bag
By Far + Mimi Cuttrell Frame glossed-leather tote
Mini Swipe Leather Top Handle Bag
JW Pei Alison soft volume shoulder bag
Tiny Top Handles
You’ll feel anything but weighted down when toting a tiny top handle, be it a leather, metal-adorned, or logo-emblazoned design.
BOYY Wonton 20 textured-leather tote
JW Anderson mini chain leather tote
Jumbo GG mini tote bag
Alexander Wang scrunchie mini bag
Who can resist the sweetness of a petite pastel mini in spring or summer? It’s our top pick for accenting wedding-guest attire or a floral bridesmaid dress.
Fendi FF logo leather shoulder bag
Yuzefi Pretzel mini knotted leather shoulder bag
Brandon Blackwood mini Kuei shearling crossbody bag
Tom Ford mini label leather chain top-handle bag
Off-White pump pouch
Jacquemus orange ‘Le Chiquito Moyen’ bag
The Nano Natural
It doesn’t get better (or cuter) than wee bags woven from raffia or whittled rattan to pair with summer whites and breezy vacation attire. Opt for one trimmed with leather in natural straw or white for a city-sleek finish.
Mango double strap mini basket bag
Aranaz Curba mini cutout rattan top-handle bag
Zara rigid mini bag
DeMellier mini Verona crossbody bag
Chloé small Woody tote bag
Originally published in Vogue.com