Love or hate it, there is no way around the designer mini bag. Where once oversized tote bags as loved by the Olsens were all the rage, we are really at a time when the smaller the bag, the bigger the statement.

Historically, miniature bags have been a symbol of the elite who could indulge in carrying such a dainty accessory because they had staff on hand to store the rest of their necessities. Now they are a symbol of our “less is more” attitude to life – and our collective preference for accessories, which earn the most Instagram likes.

But don’t let their size fool you. Investing in a mini bag for the coming year doesn’t mean compromising on functionality. It’s just about reducing the essentials to the few that are really important. From scaled down versions of iconic silhouettes of Prada and Marni to party-ready pieces by Bottega Veneta and Amina Muaddi, there is a small bag for every style. Read on for our picks of the best designer mini bags to carry through the year.

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