In summer, a lot of things get smaller. Clothes shrink to help their wearers deal with the rising temperatures, women cut their hair, men shave their beards. The feeling of lightness is paramount mean the weather itself often feels oppressive. We’ve long talked about the functional advantages of paring down your essentials and picking up a smaller bag when spring and summer come along, and it seems as though designers have been listening – an unprecedented number of brands have turned out miniature versions of your favorite bags for Spring 2013.
Like a lot of current trends, this one can be traced back to Celine, at least in part. Designers have long been converting successful styles into different structures in order to reach a wider variety of potential customers – taking a tote’s details and translating them to a hobo, for example – but Celine’s conversion of the ultra-successful Luggage Tote into a mini crossbody launched a thousand minibags. We can’t complain about the new trend; having the same amount of style in a lighter, more compact package is a summertime win for everyone.