Oversized bags have been the statement piece of the past few years, both on and off the catwalk, but a simpler, back-to-basics trend now seems to be stealing the accessories scene. Over-the-shoulder frame bags, authentic saddle satchels and vintage cross-body purses are being slung over the stylish shoulders of fashionable young things everywhere from London’s East End to Berlin’s Mitte to New York’s Brooklyn.
As with everything on-trend, vintage finds are quickly followed by high-end design, and everyone from Burberry to Mulberry has now added their take on small, practical bags for everyday use. Although you couldn’t miss an Hermes’ Birkin from miles away, smaller bags feature branding more specific to each design house. Burberry’s extra small cross body bag, The Aspley, is finished in the branded check, while Chanel’s quilted leather and chain detail on their petite shoulder purses is all but impossible to mistake.
Mulberry’s The Bonnie features a buckle-over flap and rounded base with adjustable strap. Subtle on embellishments but distinctive in shape, the design is featured alongside several other mini bags available this season. Celine’s Watch Me Move shoulder bag is already a sold out, must have piece, described by Net-A-Porter as “small but perfectly formed.” Topshop, Forever 21 and Zara, along with other high street stores, have also supported the trend with a series of messenger bags, postman flap over purses and box frame shoulder bags with long, adjustable straps.
All these bags have something in common: practicality. Each design can be worn during the day and work into the night without fuss. Another bonus is that these bags do not need their own reservation at dinner and can easily be hung over the back of a chair. Replacing the ridiculous with a little realism, a new era in accessories trending is upon us.