Just when you finally figured out to get all the stuff you need for a day to fit into one of those tiny mini bags, the fashionverse had to go and make a bag that’s basically the polar opposite a thing. (But not to fear—your beloved mini bag is still cool.) For the past couple of seasons, there have been indications on the runways of Jacquemus, Proenza Schouler, Loewe, and more that oversized bags are barreling back into relevance, in the form of clutches, totes, and top-handle satchels. And sure enough, we’re finally seeing indications of this on Instagram and the streets. Many show attendees at the recent Paris Couture Fashion Week fully embraced the oversized bag trend, with Bottega Veneta, Loewe, and Maison Margiela (its puffer bag was everywhere) iterations being some of the most popular.
The good news is that this trend can fit your laptop, a water bottle, your phone charger, and even an extra pair of shoes in some cases. The bad news is that issues come up like where to put it when dining at a restaurant (besides the floor, yikes), or how to pull it off when you’re petite. Now I love a new bag trend as much as the next fashion girl, but I will say that at 5’4″ I’m struggling with how to pull off carrying a bag that’s nearly half my size. I’ve seen photos of myself from the past with giant bags on my shoulder or arm and it’s definitely not my least awkward look ever… Perhaps heels would help? I’m determined to find an oversized bag that works for my frame after seeing how many cool ones are popping up among retailers’ new arrivals and how chic the Couture show attendees looked. Keep scrolling for the evidence and the very best oversized bag shopping the market currently has to offer.