When it comes to mini-bags, the biggest question that comes along with them is this: what the hell fits in there?! Even though designers have begun to move past the completely pointless micro bags that don’t even fit your phone or a card case, and bigger bags (supposedly) are making a comeback, it’s impossible to ignore that mini bags aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
While the mini-bag movement kicked off well before COVID, their ubiquity hit overdrive during the pandemic. As many of us began to leave the house for only short increments of time, inevitably, the sheer volume of items we carried decreased, thus negating the need for the massive daily haulers we used to favor.
Gone Are the Days
Where once a big continental zip wallet was a go-to for many, as many businesses went cashless in an effort to decrease human contact and the spread of the virus, our need to carry a wad of cash also seemed unnecessary. Not to mention, many of us began to opt not to take a receipt or toss it immediately, and out went the need to store random bits of paper in our wallets. What we were saving them for, I’m not exactly sure, but I digress.
While many brands offer a variety of card cases, and they are often among the least expensive items in a designer brand’s line, making them an easy entryway into the world of designer accessories, I prefer something a little bit larger. The perfect accompaniment to my minis is a compact wallet with a snap that is essentially part wallet, part card case. The majority of my mini bags fit the one that I love and use daily (it’s from YSL and is one of my most-used designer items), and only rarely will I use a true card case (typically when I’m going out at night).
I find that two or three card slots simply are not enough for me, and I do like to have a place for other items such as business cards, a MetroCard, and miscellaneous loyalty cards from places around New York I frequent. Below we’re rounding up a handful of compact mini wallets that are perfect for most mini bags but large enough to carry more than just your ID and debit card.
What kind of wallet do you favor?