Spend or splurge: 17 mini bags for both work and play

Mini bags from Marni and Jil Sander Spring Summer 2014. Images: Showbit

After being for years a veritable “bag lady” who toted carryalls packed to the brim, I’m now in full agreement with the idea that packing light is the answer. And picking a mini bag is the easiest way to start.

Besides looking oh-so-adorable thanks to its size, these petite bag beauties won’t weigh you down either, which makes it so much better for your shoulders and back, when compared to those hefty totes. Some of these designer finds will be kinder to your wallet too, thanks to the ongoing Great Singapore Sale.

With so many designer brands introducing such petite new bags, there’s a style for everyone to be found. From the small to the really tiny, there’s sure to be a mini bag for you out there, whether you’re into bucket styles or the very petite handbags. We’ve excluded of course, the truly mini evening clutches and minaudieres — enough bags for another list.

So start with our 18 fab finds, for your sweet search for that new everyday bag!

*Prices are correct as of time of print.