When it comes to handbags, the trend for the last couple of years has revolved around oversized bags. These large handbags, especially when packed to the brim, can put a strain on our backs and posture. There is a slight shift now towards smaller, more compact handbags - ones that provide just enough room for the essentials. Check out a few compact shoulder bags below.
Price: $40.00 at us.topshop.com
The combination of neutral and pastel colours is a favourite for this season. This trend will no doubt be filtering into the market of compact shoulder bags. This mini shoulder bag features a subtle colour block design. It has a fold over flap, gold-tone hardware, and long shoulder strap. Pink can sometimes be a hard colour to incorporate into an outfit, so try and keep your clothes as neutral as possible.
Price: $9.80 at forever21.com
This beige coloured shoulder bag would complement a range of outfits. It has a faux crocodile textured finish and comes with a long shoulder strap. It has a fold over front flap with a twist lock closure. The interior is fully lined and comes with a patch pocket. Wear it across the body for a casual daytime look.
Price: $395.00 at net-a-porter.com
A black bag is a fashion favourite. This shoulder bag comes in a quirky circle design. It also features a zip top fastening, stitching at the front, and silver hardware. The chain detail strap is a classic touch. This bag would make an excellent addition to more sophisticated outfits – think tailored trousers and structured blazers paired with patent pumps.
Price: $74.99 at modcloth.com
Choosing colourful compact shoulder bags is just one way to add colour to an outfit. This mauve clutch-style shoulder bag features a zip top fastening, exterior zip pocket, and removable shoulder and hand straps. It has one main compartment that features 12 card slots and two open pockets. This bag would be ideal for storing the essentials for a night out on the town.
Price: $48.00 at us.topshop.com
This straw detail bag has such a summer vibe about it. The straw body is accented by white PVC trims. This bag has a gold-tone twist lock closure at the front and a long shoulder strap. Wear this bag across the body and with an outfit that consists of at least one item of denim clothing.
Price: $295.00 at lagarconne.com
This black shoulder bag is my favourite on the list. It has a front flap, tassel drawstring opening, and thin shoulder strap. The black leather has a subtle snakeskin finish. The gold-tone hardware with triangle-shaped zips is an eye catching accent. Wear this bag with jeans and a silky blouse for a street-smart look.
Price: $17.80 at forever21.com
Quilted handbags are a fashion favourite. This one features relaxed stitch detailing and has a slouchy, casual appearance. It is made from leather-look materials and has a zip top closure and adjustable shoulder strap. The price point is also quite agreeable. This bag would work with a range of outfit choices.
Price: $49.99 at modcloth.com
This ecru shoulder bag would make a suitable festival accessory. It has a slim design and has a zip top main compartment and two exterior pouch pockets. It also has an adjustable shoulder strap which I think makes compact shoulder bags more versatile. Wear it across the body or simply as a clutch.
The move to carrying compact shoulder bags can take adjustment. Going from carrying all your items to only the bare essentials will no doubt require some getting used to. Would you cope with a compact shoulder bag, or are you forever loyal to the oversized “It” bag?
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