After years of dominating the runways, magazine editorials and street style shoots, the mini handbag trend is definitely here to stay. While they have the same luxurious heritage and attention to detail as their larger counterparts, these small-sized designs are subtle accessories that will keep the focus on the rest of the outfit.
A Surprising Cult Favourite
When it first appeared on the catwalk of fashion houses such as Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Loewe, the mini trend quickly became unstoppable. Thanks to its modern structure and micro size, it instantly caught the eyes of celebrities, influencers and everyone else in the industry who were looking to shift away from strictly formal clutch and oversized bags. Elegant and chic without losing urban appeal, the micro bag is a fabulous choice for everyday wear as well as for special occasion.
Versatility at it's Finest
In the last few years, the mini bag has become a favourite in the wardrobe of style icons such as Meghan Markle, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Victoria Beckham.
Besides making a stunning going out accessory that holds the essentials such as keys, card and a lipstick, the minis are also perfect to match with casual weekday looks for those who want to say goodbye to their totes every once in a while. For days spent in a coffee shop reading and catching up with friends, a relaxed Sunday morning brunch or for discovering new stores around London, the mini bags are absolute must-haves. Whether styled with a silk top and leather trousers or a pantsuit and patent leather pumps, the micro handbag always keeps its daring, metropolitan aesthetic
Mini Bags Before the Trend
For lovers of retro and vintage design, there are gorgeous mini bags that appeared way before the micro-mania reached its peak. These pieces will stand out from the crowd with their early 00’s or 90’s inspiration and design elements, showcasing a whole new side of this trend.
Mostly used as clutches for formal events, the micro bag trend first appeared in the 90’s and early 00’s, way before the micro-mania reached its peak. While some new designs feature distinct vintage elements that showcase how style aesthetics changed throughout the years, others, such as the Mini Flap Bags barely differ from Chanel’s newer models. Regardless of which category they belong to, these pre-loved pieces are guaranteed to stand out from the rest, with each of them infusing their design with their very own history.
The Pre-Loved Mini Bag Edit – Xupes Favourites:
Chosen by our Handbag Experts with a range of different styles, these pre-loved mini bags are exceptional accessories with an outstanding design heritage. The list, including iconic pieces such as the Hermes Kelly Handbag and more playful designs such as the Dior Saddle Bag, features a wide variety of mini bags, making sure you find the perfect match for your personal wardrobe.
Starting our list with a pre-loved Chanel piece all the way from 1996, this Black Quilted Mini Flap Bag holds the elegance of the Flap Bags with a practical size. Ideal for a day to night look, it fits any occasion. Style with a structured floral dress and corset belt.
The handbag’s micro size amplifies the iconic Kelly’s timeless design. Besides its signature Blue Jean shade, this piece also features palladium hardware and the fashion house’s Rodeo charm.
Inspired by the trunks designed for Albert Kahn, the Petite Malle bag showcases a mini version of the popular 20th century silhouette. Instead of the regular monogram leather, this bag features a smooth, neutral calfskin with black details and silver hardware.
This design captures Fendi’s most popular mainstay, the Peekaboo in a super stylish, miniature form. The bag’s details are kept minimal with black lambskin and gold hardware, making it perfect for colourful or all-black outfits.
Adding a one of a kind design to the Saddle Bag trend that came all the way from the early 00’s, this mini handbag features olive green, monogrammed patent leather with gold hardware and a soft, black textile interior. Match with an off-shoulder shirt and cropped, wide-leg trousers for an effortlessly playful outfit.
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