There’s no denying that for the past year or so, smaller bags have reigned supreme. After being spotted on major fashion stars including Bonang Matheba, Rihanna, Rich Mnisi, and more, French label Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito mini bag quickly became the 2020’s must-have accessory. Not to mention the soaring popularity of Prada’s compact Sidonie shoulder bag and other minuscule styles, all of which indicated that the mini bag trend had surpassed a plethora of other styles to become an absolute must-have. But as we head into a new season, the pendulum looks to be swinging the other way with oversized and slouchy totes returning to the front of the style pack.
Now don’t get us wrong; we love a chic pint-sized purse as much as the next person. But we’d be lying if we said we didn’t sometimes just want a bag in which we can fit our phone—as well as maybe a laptop, a water bottle, and all the other day-to-day essentials. Because, quite frankly, sometimes less isn’t more. The tiny bag trend implied all we needed was lipstick and a credit card to conquer our day, but the reality is a little different. Don’t worry though, your diminutive handbag is still in, but with an assortment of larger options to choose from, there are plenty of reasons to embrace the returning style.
Like a luxe jewelry piece or striking high heel, an oversized handbag is an intrinsic statement piece thanks to its size alone. Depending on its color, shape, and the material it’s crafted from, it’s an easy way to add both texture and vibrance to your overall look, proving the perfect companion with which to dress up a basic daytime dress or classic jeans and tee combo, as well as the more elegant pairing of a tailored shirt and figure-hugging pencil skirt.
With its considerably sizable form, the Maxi Maxi Tote by Nigerian accessories brand Femi Handbags is a rather literal interpretation of its name. Available in two color striped ways—one a deep blue hue, the other a fusion of pinks, greens, and yellows—there’s little you won’t be able to fit in this bad boy. Constructed from supple cowhide and multicolored Aso-Oke, the massive shoulder bag is a head-turner of note though it exudes more of a nonchalant mood, its practical adjustable top handles, and classic print conveying a laid-back energy that’s palpable.
Thanks to their vast form, the oversized bag can easily double up as the perfect tote for a weekend getaway. The larger edition of New Tangier's staple Karima Tote, the Moroccan brand’s Karima Weekender is a comfy carryall, one that’ll effortlessly lend a polished blazer and trouser pairing a touch of casual whimsy, while at the same time proving a reliable vacation staple. Crafted from a hand-woven textile made by one of the oldest weaving ateliers in the Moroccan city of Fez, the artisanal piece is a spacious getaway companion in which you could easily fit ample holiday essentials.
Bigger bags are also crucial when it comes to classic weekend excursions like a trip to the beach or the farmer’s market. With its refreshing practicality and unrestrained space, Reform Studio’s Rebel Tote is the embodiment of off-duty style, its casually sporty aesthetic conveying a laid-back vibe, while AAKS’ striking Hawa Rainbow Bag is a warm weather, beach-ready winner. Featuring naturally-dyed multicolor tassels, leather detailing, and a soft linen lining, the raffia creation is both a practical and eye-catching seaside companion.
Perhaps it’s a response to our current collective search for a level of comfort considering the uncertain state of the world, but after what has seemed an eternity of mini bag fever, the return of a huge purse feels new and exciting again. So grab your larger-than-life piece of arm candy and get ready to return to those stylish packrat habits.
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