Just when you finally figured out how to get all the stuff you need for a day to fit into one of those tiny mini bags, the fashion universe 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 oversize bags are barreling back into relevance in the form of clutches, totes, and top-handle satchels. 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 oversize 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 best look. Perhaps heels would help? I’m determined to find an oversize bag that works for my frame after seeing how many cool ones are popping up among retailers’ new arrivals and how chic fashion-show attendees looked carrying them. Keep scrolling for the evidence and the very best oversize bag shopping the market currently has to offer.