Remember the strange days of fashion in the mid-2000s, when celebs and socialites – in large part prompted by Rachel Zoe – traded in trendy mini bags for massive bucket styles?

The idea went that if your sunglasses and bag were big, you’d look tiny in comparison.

So we donned bug-eyed lenses and paired our ‘boho’ style maxis with bulging leather totes.

Then small bags were back in style. Then it went back to big. Then small again.

Such is the cycle of fashion – a practical, medium-sized bag is rarely considered the peak of style, so we’ll cycle between teeny-tiny and absurdly large.

At the moment, the pendulum has swung back to mini bags. Yes, that means large bags might soon be the trend again, but you can rest assured that after another trend cycle, smaller will be better again.

That means that while a miniature bag – small enough to fit just your phone, card, and keys – ticks off a timely trend, it’s still an investment piece. You’ll just have to wait out any big bag hype on repeat.

So, let’s talk mini bags. They’re great. They appeal to our love of teeny-tiny things – micro pigs! Mini models of supermarket foods! Dainty tattoos! – and thus are adorable.

They’re not practical, and don’t allow for packing a book or an umbrella for your outings, but we can reframe this as a good thing. A mini bag shows you are the type of person who can adopt minimalism when needed, who doesn’t need an entire backpack of material posessions.

It also adds a sort of noughties bimbo aesthetic to any outfit, which is very cool right now.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best mini and micro bags to buy now, from the slightly small to the microscopic. Take your pick.

Mini crossbody bag with topstitching

Buy for £19.99 from Zara (available in blue, white, and lilac)

Givenchy Antigona Baby black leather cross-body bag

Buy for £450 from Harvey Nichols

Gessi Pico vegan crossbody bag

Buy for £47.50 from Matt & Nat

White pearl tube grab bag

Buy for £15 from PrettyLittleThing

Trinket box

Buy for £450 from Aspinal of London

Rectangle hand bag

Buy for £20 from Monki

Curve mini bag

Buy for £18 from Boohoo

Jacquemus Le Petit Chiquito mini leather bag

Buy for £190 from Selfridges

Truffle Collection micro mini grab bag with strap

Buy for £19.50 from ASOS

Baby Roop bag in orange

Buy for £48 from Roop

Truffle Collection micro mini croc bucket crossbody bag

Buy for £26 from ASOS

Adel micro vegan satchel

Buy for £48.75 from Matt & Nat

Neon orange mini bag

Buy for £7.50 from Jaded London

Iris Sage

Buy for £290 from Mashu

Lavender micro bo

Buy for £130 from Wicker Wings

Blue faux suede triangle mini bag

Buy for £18 from PrettyLittleThing

Fabric bucket bag with bows

Buy for £25.99 from Zara

Satin knotted pouch mini bag

Buy for £95 from Ganni

Mini cross-body bag

Buy for £29.99 from Mango

Mini Iris

Buy for £850 from Mulberry

Ego mini box bag in orange croc

Buy for £20 from ASOS

Mini mini bucket bag

Buy for £395 from Mansur Gavriel

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