A mini bag is a small and super cute version of your favorite handbag. Usually big enough to carry just the essentials, mini bags are the answer for the girl-on-the-go who doesn’t necessarily need to tote everything along. Mini bags are available in the same silhouettes as other handbags, just in smaller versions. Often you’ll see designers make signature bags in micro or nano sizes for occasions when a slightly more petite purse will do the trick.
The mini bag is definitely having its moment, but in truth, tiny purses were probably among the first handbags. Women originally carried purses in lieu of pockets, but it was important that they were small so that they could be concealed within folds of clothing, making the mini bag a necessity. As handbags became less about function and more about fashion, mini bags found their way into the must-have accessory category.
Nearly all handbag styles have a mini version. So, bucket bags, saddle bags, totes, backpacks, hobo bags, and satchels all have a mini-me. Some mini bags have small handles for carrying, while others have a longer crossbody strap so you can go hands-free with your mini bag. Mini bags come in a variety of leathers, fabrics and colors for different seasons and occasions.
A small purse is perfect for when you need to carry keys, cellphone, wallet, and a few makeup essentials. So while they won’t hold an outfit change or a laptop, mini bags are a nice alternative when you want to go light and fast. We’re talking cocktails, brunch, and most definitely concerts and festivals.