Big bags are so last year. With the average purse weighing in around three pounds, it’s time to thank designers everywhere for coming up with a lighter but just as stylish alternative -- mini bags. Celebs like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus love their tiny envelope chain bags, while Vanessa Ann Hudgens and Rachel Bilson opt for crossbodies and bucket bags. Thankfully, one can easily snag a mini bag worthy of the stars, sans the designer price tag. Top shops like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters are stocking up these bags in bold colors you’ll adore, and the best part is they all retail for $30 or less.
Like hot pink? Try the sporty Multi-zip Envelope Crossbody from Forever 21 ($26.80); the color adds pop to any outfit and with it’s removable strap it doubles as a sporty day clutch. It’s surprisingly roomy, at 9.5 inches high and 11.5 inches wide, and has plenty of designer-esque details, like tassel attachments and a fold over zipped flap for added space.
The Buckled Flap Crossbody, also from Forever 21 comes in two fun summer brights -- hot orange and mustard yellow. It resembles a more traditional saddle bag and is roomy on the inside with its 2 inch depth and sturdy body. Wear it across your chest or adjust the strap and let it hang free from your shoulder. Best of all, it’s a steal at only $9.50 -- is that even legal?
For an option only slightly bigger than a wallet, try the pale pink and uber feminine Deena & Ozzy Zipped Moto Pouch ($29) from Urban Outfitters on for size. It’s small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, but still comes with a chain strap to sling over your shoulder.
Also from Deena & Ozzy, at Urban Outfitters, comes the Croc Clutch. This cobalt blue bag is versatile with its crocodile texture, square shape and chain details around the flap edges. Looks great on the shoulder, or worn as a clutch with the strap tucked in. Best of all, it’s on sale for $14.99.
If none of the colors above are catching your eye, go red instead. The Woven Pocket Crossbody Handbag from Tilly’s comes in a stand out color with details to match. The bucket style bag’s woven faux leather flap makes it a must-have, and the $14.97 sale price makes it a bargain.
The LPLP Linea Pelle Crossbody Wristlet from Target is available in just about every color, including yellow, purple, turquoise, bright orange, and olive green. At $19.99, this multi- zippered bag can be a clutch, wristlet or regular shoulder bag. Best of all, it’s almost identical to pieces from Linea Pelle’s much loved, higher end Dylan line, which has been seen on Kim Kardashian, Hilary Duff, and just about every celebrity in between.