Maxi Bags, the New It Accessories

The bigger, the better! 

Last year, the prevailing fashion statement was “the smaller, the better.” It led to the creation of mini bags that were intentionally downsized to the point of impracticality, making it nearly impossible to carry anything substantial. Perhaps you’ve come across TikTok videos like “What can I fit in my mini bag?” where the only items that could fit were a card and a lip gloss. These bags evolved into a new form of jewelry, prioritizing aesthetics over practicality. For example, we can find the mini Fendi bags, the nano Jacquemus, and many others.

Mini Le Chiquito during the Jacquemus show at Paris fashion week, 2020

In contrast, this year, fashion has taken an audacious leap saying, “I want it, and I want it big!” XXL bags are here to make a bold statement, and they’re not just about style; they’re exceptionally practical as well. From carrying your laptop to stashing your gym wear or even doubling as an overnight bag, these spacious giants have got you covered. Embrace the “I mean business look while making a fashion statement”. Large bags are definitely setting the tone in the fashion world. They combine practicality and style and are suitable for any occasion and need. Large bags are a must-have of the upcoming season. 

Bottega Veneta Jodie Bag, cc: @mariaalia

Adorning the arms of beloved celebrities and influencers, these spacious bags made their striking return during the spring 2023 runway shows, prominently featured by luxury brands such as Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Givenchy.

Traditionally associated with older age groups, the revival of 2010s trends – exemplified by bags like Saint Laurent’s Sac de Jour and Celine’s Micro Luggage – has led to these bags being embraced by younger demographics. This shift has been remarkable, appealing to a broader audience and reshaping perceptions of these stylish accessories.

Maxi bags effortlessly blend practicality with high fashion, catering to the collective desire for comfort and functionality. Their voluminous size accommodates not only daily essentials but also larger items such as laptops, enhancing their appeal and versatility. With a touch of sophistication, these bags exude a timeless elegance, often evoking a professional, ‘businesswoman’ aesthetic and elevating any outfit. 

Celebrity endorsements further fuel the trend’s popularity, with icons like Zoë Kravitz, Hailey Bieber, and Bella Hadid frequently seen carrying Saint Laurent’s quilted Icare tote. Among the array of recently trending maxi bags, you’ll find YSL’s Icare, Polene’s Paris, Bottega’s Jodie, and Chanel’s Deauville Tote Bag, capturing attention and setting the tone for contemporary style.

Icare Maxi Shopping bag by Ysl, worn by Zoë Kravitz

All this transformation demonstrates the innovative and dynamic nature of the fashion world – from mini to maxi. What will come next? 

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