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.


Louis Vuitton Alma BB Bag
$1,550 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Alma BB Bag


Reed Krakoff Mini Atlantique Tote
$990 via Net-a-Porter

Reed Krakoff Atlantique Tote


Balenciaga Mini Lune Bag
$1,345 via Neiman Marcus

Balenciaga Mini Lune Bag


Prada Saffiano Executive Tote
$1,520 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Saffiano Executive Tote


Loeffler Randall Mini Rider Bag
$395 via ShopBop

Loeffler Randall Mini Rider Bag


3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli Floral Tote
$625 via Neiman Marcus

3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli Floral Tote


Valentino Rockstud Mini Tote
$1,895 via Neiman Marcus

Valentino Rockstud Mini Tote


Alexander Wang Rockie Bag
$795 via Nordstrom

Alexander Wang Rockie Bag


Balenciaga Mini City Bag
$1,295 via Neiman Marcus

Balenciaga Mini City Bag

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