Unfortunately for all of us who like to cart around half of our possessions in our handbags, the spring/summer catwalks last year made one thing perfectly clear: small purses are back in style. In recent years, clutch bags have started to look a little passé – they’re the sort of thing that someone might hold awkwardly at their sister’s wedding, covered with slightly ratty sequins – but brands like Valentino, Fendi, Chloe, Hermes and Louis Vuitton have updated small bags by adding chains, floral designs, and studs. Although tiny bags might seem unusable, here are some tips on how to add one to your closet…
What Styles To Go For
A lot of the time, tiny handbags can seem ultra feminine, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Although Valentino’s s/s 2017 bags were a pretty shade of dusky pink, they also added some studs to create a more modern, punky effect. Marc Jacobs added cat faces to dark brown leather for a quirky, patterned look that completely epitomized the brand’s chic yet idiosyncratic aesthetic, while Isobel Marant combined dark florals with black leather to create a sleek miniature satchel. The best way to choose your ideal tiny bag is to go for something that looks like a bag you’d usually carry that fits in with your style – smaller bags can be much more cutesy than larger ones, but bear in mind that you can also get away with more extreme styles.
What To Put In It
What to put in a smaller bag is probably the biggest problem that any of us might have with them. To pick out what exactly you want to take with you, empty out your larger bag and lay out everything that you might consider to be an essential. Then add each item to your bag in order of how much you’re going to need it that day – for instance, you might need sanitary products at certain times, but depending on where you are in your cycle you might decide to leave them at home. You could also take apart your usual wallet and simply carry a small amount of change and your debit card with you. Regarding makeup, every woman’s essentials will be completely different – maybe you have oily skin so you desperately need blotting papers and a small powder compact, or you need to keep a red lipstick with you at all times. No matter what exactly you want, the most important factor is to prioritize.
Where You Can Use It
The best way to use your miniature bag is to bear in mind that you don’t need to save it for special occasions. Although they’re perfect for occasions like weddings and baptisms, you can also take them to the movies when you’re meeting your friends and to the store – you’ll probably find that you actually don’t need to cart around as much with you as you think you do, and if you have a sore back from your usual enormous purse, you might just find that healing pretty quickly. If you’re taking your car with you, perfect – keep everything else you might need in your trunk and hold your tiny bag with aplomb.