Mini bags have been in the handbag spotlight for almost two years now, and we’re predicting that the handbag spectrum may be starting to sway toward the comeback of colossal bags soon. Just as I was ready to forgo the mini bag trend forever (I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought they were skipping it), Dior may be giving us all a reason to appreciate its beauty.

Dior’s Lady Dior is a brand classic that marries traditionalism and modernity. While I’ve always favored the regular and large versions of this bag, there was something about this particular Mini Lady that struck me. The color was exquisite, and it’s the perfect size to wear for special occasions or a night out, but that wasn’t why I instantly fell for this bag. It was the brand’s addition of the embellished handbag strap that really made me swoon.

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Fendi lead the way for embellished bag straps and later Valentino, Gucci and countless others followed, but Dior’s crystal strap is different than any other currently available. For Summer 2016, the last collection overseen by Raf Simons, Dior debuted the most decadent and ladylike handbag strap any of us here at PurseBlog have ever seen. Reading about the collection a few months ago, I was instantly drawn to the floral motif and mesmerizing crystals of the wide shoulder strap. The juxtaposition of the Mini Lady with a wide strap were perfectly complementary–the bag’s small size allowed the visual focus to be on the embellishments.

Our job really comes full circle after we write about a bag we love in photos and then we see it for the first time in person. While carrying this beautiful Lady Bag for the first time, my admiration went from lust to love in a matter of seconds, and I think many will understand why!

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