Small Bags vs. Big Bags: Size Matters

Small Bags vs. Big Bags

Do the best things really come in small packages? Or do you say the bigger the better? Never mind the fact that the Fendi Peekaboo Micro doesn’t actually fit anything other than a credit card and lipstick (forget about squeezing an iPhone in there). Teeny, tiny, eeny, meeny micro bags are the hottest style trend of the moment, and we know functionality matters not when it comes to trends.

Call me the Goldilocks of bag sizes. I prefer to have the best of both worlds – and to bring my phone with me when I go out. If you’re going to go micro, Fendi’s Baguette is actually a better choice. This happy medium welcomes an iPhone 6, credit card holder, and a few other things, so consider it the great compromise of petites. On the other end of the spectrum: bigger-than-life jumbo bags. I find the bigger the bag, the more likely you are to fill it with stuff. Thanks to the baby bag trend, my haul has become so simplified and I carry only the real necessities. So which trend do you prefer? Fendi Baguette embellished leather shoulder bagicon, $4,700, on My Theresa.


Small Wonders:

Small Bags vs. Big Bags

1. Prada Mini Saffiano Promenade Bag: Cute and classic, Prada knows less can be more, in more ways than one. At Neiman Marcus for $1,060.

Small Bags vs. Big Bags

2. Fendi Peekaboo Micro Satchel Bag: Don’t even try to jam your life in here. Know this scaled-down statement piece is strictly for effect. At Neiman Marcus for $1,550.

Small Bags vs. Big Bags

3. Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag: Gucci’s logo and trademark tassel evoke retro glam, especially in diminutive proportions. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $980.

Small Bags vs. Big Bags

4. Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Baby Satchel Bag: There’s something so satisfying about seeing a stern and structured style all shrunken down. At Neiman Marcus for $2,590.

Large and In Charge:

Small Bags vs. Big Bags
Chloé Faye Python Flap Shoulder Bag: Multiple pockets and dividers function like a filing cabinet. A gorgeous, python-topped filing cabinet. At Neiman Marcus for $2,590.


2. Givenchy Nightingale Medium Satchel Bag: Consider this one of the modern age’s quintessential satchels. And just try not to keep tossing goods in here. At Neiman Marcus for $2,340.


3. Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Small Carryall Bag: Or do you prefer the Sac de Jour in its original incarnation? Suddenly it looks so big! At Neiman Marcus for $2,750.


4. Jérôme Dreyfuss Raoul Zig-Zag Tie & Die Bleu Patchwork Bag: This hippie-chic duffel walks the line between roomy day bag and modest-sized weekender. At Jérôme Dreyfuss for $1,053 (from $1,505).

Photo Credit: Chiara Ferragni,, Vogue, and PurseBlog


  1. dela
    June 15, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    I was just thinking about the micro trend. Some of them look like children’s toys. IMO, from functionality, price and size perspective, Fendi micro baguette is the best option. I love the Peekaboo, but too many moving parts on such a small bag might render it too cumbersome to handle. Furla also has some relatively inexpensive options for those not willing to fully commit to the small trend. Also, the styling plays an important role in how micro or mega bags come across.

  2. regina
    June 16, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    micro bags are more like key charms aren’t they? Though it is nice to know the Fendi micro baguette fits iPhone 6.

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