One thing you should know about me is that I’m an avid
mini bag collector. My fondness for tiny purses has been with me for as long as I can remember. In addition to being a statement piece, a tiny bag is also a talking point — with people constantly inquiring about what you can actually fit in one. I love convincing them just how practical they can be. While mini bags can feel extra, they also serve a real (albeit minimalist) function. After all, as long as you have the essentials (phone, card holder, lip balm, keys, and hand sanitizer), why bother with a big, bulky bag?
I am also not alone in my love of tiny bags. It’s been a bonafide trend for a while now. While there were predictions that the mini bags would be phased out, luxury designs like those from
Jacquemus and Prada have continued to trickle down to our favorite retail stores and online shopping sites.
With over 20 small but mighty
handbags in my own collection — some that I use daily and some that I simply admire — I’ve become a tiny purse connoisseur. I’m constantly on the hunt for kitschy and funky options, searching the internet for the best chic and compact purses that I’d personally like to add to my wardrobe.
Tag along if you want to see my top picks for
trendy bags across an array of unique designs, fabrics, and colors. Opting for mini, micro, and nano-size styles, I’ve meticulously made selections that are no more than 8 inches tall or wide. From Reformation’s first handbag line to Coachtopia’s Y2k options to a juicy (you’ll see!) pick from Amazon, each of these tiny purses promise to elevate your style and scale back your clutter.
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Staud Rainbow Micro Moon Crystal Bag
Staud does it right when it comes to mini bags, and the brand’s signature moon-shaped style is to die for. Its crystals make for a statement, but its detachable crossbody strap makes it super-wearable.
Shop Staud Staud Rainbow Micro Moon Crystal Bag, $, available at Staud
Coachtopia Wavy Wallet With Crossbody Strap
new sister brand Coachtopia is full of whimsical miniature purses that anyone would fall head over heels for. While technically a wallet, this style can serve as a mini bag, thanks to its crossbody strap.
Shop Coach Coachtopia Wavy Wallet With Crossbody Strap, $, available at Coach
Anthropologie Mini Knot-Handle Crossbody Bag
The sweet micro bag will happily carry your lip gloss and cash when you just don’t need (or want) to carry a whole lot out to dinner. Wear it as a top handle bag or attach a long chain strap for extra ease.
Shop Anthropologie Anthropologie Mini Knot-Handle Crossbody Bag, $, available at Anthropologie
Eric Javits Mini Squishee Barrel Bag
Eric Javits creates not-so-basic straw bags, and this mini is made from the brand’s lightweight and flexible Squishee recycled fabric. This allows you to easily compress, or squish, the bag into your luggage without fear of damaging it. So throw it in your carry-on and take it on vacation.
Shop Eric Javits Eric Javits Mini Squishee Barrel Bag, $, available at Eric Javits
JW Pei Abacus Mini Top Handle Bag
This buttery-soft round-top handle bag reminds me of a neck pillow and immediately gives me a sense of comfort. JW PEI is known for its trendy tiny purses, and this style is popping up all over my Instagram feed. While the brand admits that it can’t fit your iPhone, this sleek sidekick will happily hold your lipsticks.
Shop JW PEI JW PEI Abacus Mini Top Handle Bag, $, available at JW PEI
Ganni Occasion Top Handle Knot Bag
Perhaps the largest of these tiny purse selections — coming in at a whopping 8 inches tall — this piece packs a bright punch. Slouchy ruching offers a casual and fun detail to this everyday bag made from recycled fabric.
Shop Ganni Ganni Occasion Top Handle Knot Bag, $, available at Ganni
Mulberry Mini Bayswater Bag
Mulberry is known for its
iconic Bayswater Bags, with many iterations, including mini bags, being created throughout the years. So if you’re looking for a luxury investment piece that’s durable and will stand the test of time, consider this leather mini.
Shop Mulberry Mulberry Mini Bayswater Bag, $, available at Mulberry
Freie Liebe Orange Crossbody Novelty Purse
If fruit-shaped bags don’t put a smile on your face, I’m not sure what will. This eccentric and darling creation on Amazon is a playful statement piece. It’s also subtle enough to go with plenty of colorful summer outfits (or ones that desperately need a pop of color).
Shop Amazon Freie Liebe Orange Crossbody Novelty Purse, $, available at Amazon
Mlouye Micro Flex Bag
Still think that tiny purses aren’t versatile and too unpractical. This
shape-shifting bag will change your mind. It can be reshaped through its leather panels and straps to form a top-handle bag, wrist bag, crossbody, or clutch.
Shop Mlouye Mlouye Micro Flex Bag, $, available at Mlouye
Reformation Mini Chiara Convertible Bag
Another convertible bag on our radar is this style from
Reformation’s first handbag line. Wear this adorable mini bag as a top-handle or wrist bag, and add some extra interest to your summer outfits.
Shop Reformation Reformation Mini Chiara Convertible Bag, $, available at Reformation
We The Free Rider Crossbody Bag
A simple leather crossbody bag that can be worn to brunches, markets,
and concerts. Sign us up for any of these heritage-inspired purses.
Shop Free People We The Free Rider Crossbody Bag, $, available at Free People
Kate Spade Knott North South Phone Crossbody
This handy holster has a timeless and classic
Kate Spade design. Solely intended to carry your phone — fitting the current iPhone 14 generation — it will certainly get the job done. But of course, feel free to break the rules (because pockets exist) and add any of your small essentials inside this mini crossbody instead.
Shop Kate Spade Kate Spade Knott North South Phone Crossbody, $, available at Kate Spade
Mango Buckled Flap Bag
Listen, we just love a mini crossbody, especially since they’re a bit more practical than a top-handle bag. This chic style could easily be mistaken for designer, but it comes with an affordable price tag
Shop Mango Mango Buckled Flap Bag, $, available at Mango
JW Anderson Mini Twister Leather Mini Bag
Sometimes, fashion is more important than practicality, and when that’s the case, we’d go for this twisted top-handle bag. The powder pink color is also so sweet.
Shop JW Anderson JW Anderson Mini Twister Leather Mini Bag, $, available at JW Anderson
Skinnydip London Black Beaded Flower Drawstring Bag
A modern take on the shopping bag purse, this drawstring pouch is a bit more trendy. The beaded flower pattern is also giving ’70s vibes that we’d love to don.
Shop Skinnydip London SkinnyDip London Black Beaded Flower Drawstring Bag, $, available at Skinnydip London
Cult Gaia Lucinda Nano Rhinestone Clutch
If you’re going to splurge on something so miniature, it might as well dazzle and shimmer. This nano-sized top-handle clutch can accompany any evening dress or even elevate a chic daytime look. The adorable Y2K style may not fit your phone, but it will securely hold your credit cards, lip gloss, and keys in style.
Shop Cult Gaia Cult Gaia Lucinda Nano Rhinestone Clutch, $, available at Cult Gaia
L*SPACE Sayulita Bag
Another summer bag to keep on your radar, this woven straw pouch purse is perfect for vacation or a destination wedding. It’s compact, cute, and super-elevated.
Shop Revolve L*Space Sayulita Bag, $, available at Revolve
Brandon Blackwood Kuei Bag
No, I do not own a Brandon Blackwood bag, but I will one day. I love all of the brand’s famed chunky and boxy shapes. This top-handle bag comes in an array of colors and textures, but the green-and-black-checkered pony-hair style is so magical. With a traditional shape merely scaled down, it’s both classic and edgy.
Shop Brandon Blackwood Brandon Blackwood Kuei Bag, $, available at Brandon Blackwood
Min & Mon Vali Crossbody Handbag — Micro
When I first passed a Min & Mon storefront in SoHo, I nearly lost my mind at the sight of the bags. I own a larger one adorned with colorful patches and studs, but I also love this micro style. The mini mohair and eye-appliqué purse is perfectly quirky yet still practical. It can be worn as a clutch, top-handle, or crossbody bag.
Shop Min & Mon Min & Mon Vali Crossbody Handbag – Micro, $, available at Min & Mon
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