The Zoe Report

The Micro Bag Trend That’s Taking Over Instagram

Sure, our sneakers might be getting chunkier and our jewelry less delicate, but there’s one accessory that’s shrinking by the minute: handbags. For decades, we toted around top-handle bags, drawstring iterations, wicker designs, and even the hobo made a short comeback, but this season’s biggest bag trend isn’t so big at all; in fact, mini iterations are taking the market by storm as this season’s standout accessory — and the smaller handbag silhouette isn’t going anywhere for fall, either. 

“The little bag carries a big punch this summer!” says Neiman Marcus’s SVP and Fashion Director, Ken Downing. “The biggest mini bag trends we are seeing [now] are crazy colors, patterns, prints, and most importantly, embellishment,” says Downing, who cites dimensional flowers, embroidery, seashells, tassels, and even fringe as the top trends this season. And lest you think the fanny pack craze is going anywhere, you can rest easy: “The little bag looks darling with day dresses and fun for after work, says Downing, who recommends a hands-free option that can fit your keys, phone, and a couple of credit cards. 

The Outnet’s Head of Content, Claudia Mahoney, has found a similar pattern among micro bags recently, citing embellished bags as one of the top trends of the moment. “This season, we’re [also] seeing the trend to layer up mini-bags across the body, wearing more than one bag at a time, allowing the wearer to play with different colorways and textures and, on a practical level, be able to carry more than just her phone and keys.”

We called upon five additional seasoned pros — we’re talking everyone from the merchandising director at Fred Segal to a top LA stylist — to help us navigate the micro trend by picking their favorites. Ahead, find the industry vets’ picks and shop ’em before they sell out. 

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