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Ten Mini-Bags to Shop Now

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Thanks to fashion’s past obsession with making everything XL (see: the Céline bag so big it was called the luggage tote), I tend to leave the house every morning with a bag full of what-ifs. What if I get hungry? Or bored? What if I miraculously find the strength to go to the gym after work and need a change of clothes? (I won’t.)

Having a bag you can fit all of your crap in is convenient when you actually need all of your crap. But when you don't? Lugging around the extra weight on your shoulders is unnecessary; opting instead for something that forces you to narrow down to your essentials is the perfect solution.

Which brings us (back) to: the mini-bag — a practical alternative to the very impractical clutch. Here are a few of the best you can shop right now.

Baggu Mini Purse, $120.

Manufacture Pascal Lady Box Dune Leather, $500.

The Common Knowledge Mini Bone Bag, $240.

Need Supply Cube Bag, $58.

Vasic Steady Mini, $450.

Zara Embroidered Bucket Bag, $50.

Michael Michael Kors Small Tote, $260.

Sophie Hulme Box Tote, $476.

Mansur Gavriel Mini Bucket Bag, $495.

Prada Camera Bag, $850.