We’ve been diligently working on putting together Holiday Gift Guides that should help everyone figure out what handbag to give or receive this season. Somehow, though, I didn’t find the right gift guide to add this little number to, but it is worth its own post.

It’s no secret that I am a BBag admirer and carrier and while I love the classic-sized City bag, the Balenciaga Arena Giant Hip is too hip to pass up. I’m always telling you how I love a crossbody bag, and more often than not, I go out and don’t need to carry that many items. For days like that, a small bag with a long strap is as perfect as it gets.


With every bit of Balenciaga in a smaller package, 6.5″ length x 10″ width x 2.5″ depth, the Giant Hip remains true to the brands aesthetic. There is a zip top that leads to the interior and a thin shoulder strap that has a 24″ drop. On this exact bag, Barneys offers an ideal winter hue of blue, dubbed “Light Atlantic,” and my favorite rose gold hardware. For those of you looking for a bag like this and hoping for a manageable price, the Giant Hip is priced at $815 at Barneys.

  • Cynthia

    Love it!

  • Joan

    gosh would love a bag with rose gold hardware!

  • Teresa

    I can attest to the fact that this is a handy little purse, especially when you have a baby on the other hip!

  • runner22

    Love this bag! It looks like a better version of the LP I am currently using!

  • Millie

    I have been looking for a small bag like that I can see myself using for more than one season forever. This is adorable! I think the colour is definitely a good winter blue, but would work well for spring/summer too. Christmas list, check.

  • Kells

    OMG…..so dying for that!

  • sarah

    definitely something to save up for!!

  • agatha

    I am in love with crossbody bag! The best part is you have your both hands free of carrying a bag while shopping :P

  • J Umm

    omg loveeeee
    on my wish list

    STYLE DECORUM

  • Anna Higgins

    This baby blue bag is beautiful!

  • Chris

    This is a very cute bag. And I love that shade of blue.

  • Ana

    I have this bag in chestnut and it’s great! Super soft, light, and distinctly Balenciaga. A warning though – the crossbody strap is fairly long. I’m 5’6″, and it hangs pretty well when I wear it, but I’ve had some friends who are shorter try out my bag and it doesn’t work out as well. I don’t think you can make the strap shorter, either (unless you loop it around to hang it on your shoulder).

  • Kwana

    It’s beautiful but still out of my budget.

  • Sally

    That looks like the perfect spring/summer bag!!!!

  • Lizzy

    I’ve been looking for a new crossbody for ages and I’m thinking this may just be the one!

  • Rashida

    I am really feeling this cute little number!

  • elizabeth

    I love this color! Want it!

  • BLynnT

    This one seems like a great choice for an everyday crossbody. I agree, Megs, that the rose gold hardward is fantastic.

  • nappy

    this is such perfection! sometimes you just need a smaller bag… and the color! my god, even the name of the color is pure perfection! hahahahaha… Light Atlantic just makes you think of summery, airy days where you wanna go somewhere light hearted, eat cotton candy and be with some friends or your boyfriend and just be happy

  • ami

    I love tiny little purses! even though they can’t hold much, I still can’t stop buying them ;P

  • Shirley J

    love a crossbody bag…this is a great weekend bag to throw on to run errands, go shopping or brunch with the ladies :)

  • Elyse Greenberg

    That rose gold hardware is fantastic. I don’t think anyone does it quite as well as Balenciaga

  • bonniesgirl

    That’s a color for all seasons.

  • ninjaninja

    Ooo…it’s so cute.

  • ninjaninja

    It’s way too small for me though.

  • Antonia

    Cute!

  • Katia

    Love it!
    crossbody bags are so easy!

  • Katy Morris

    This really is a great crossbody bag!

  • Anita

    I love the color and think it would work well year round.

  • Nadia

    Adorable!

  • Mari

    Nah, the bigger ones are better. It’s pretty cute I guess but not that good.

  • Shereen

    While I love crossbody bags (and this one is certainly super adorable), I think I’ll stick to lusting after the City instead of the Hip.

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    While I like to consider myself a Balenciaga fan-girl, I think the true magic of the brand is best observed on the classic giant hardware City or Velo. Still I cannot deny that the Giant Hip is cute!

  • Jennie

    I love Balenciaga as much as the next girl, but I’m not crazy for the Hip style. A bit too small for my liking.

  • 19yearslater

    Very cool. I don’t know if I’d spend so much on a small bag, but the style is right up my alley.

  • Michelle K

    The best everyday small cross body bag-fits wallet, keys, iPhone, lipstick.

  • Amanda K

    love!

  • Alice

    Gorgeous colour and the baby size makes this uber-cute :))

  • Josephine

    Do they have this in other colors?