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This Controversial Bag Trend Is Becoming a Thing

Allyson Payer

Just when you finally figured out to get all the stuff you need for a day to fit into one of those tiny mini bags, the fashionverse had to go and make a bag that's basically the polar opposite a thing. (But not to fear—your beloved mini bag is still cool.) For the past couple of seasons, there have been indications on the runways of Jacquemus, Proenza Schouler, Loewe, and more that oversized bags are barreling back into relevance, in the form of clutches, totes, and top-handle satchels. And sure enough, we're finally seeing indications of this on Instagram and the streets. Many show attendees at the recent Paris Couture Fashion Week fully embraced the oversized bag trend, with Bottega Veneta, Loewe, and Maison Margiela (its puffer bag was everywhere) iterations being some of the most popular.

The good news is that this trend can fit your laptop, a water bottle, your phone charger, and even an extra pair of shoes in some cases. The bad news is that issues come up like where to put it when dining at a restaurant (besides the floor, yikes), or how to pull it off when you're petite. Now I love a new bag trend as much as the next fashion girl, but I will say that at 5'4" I'm struggling with how to pull off carrying a bag that's nearly half my size. I've seen photos of myself from the past with giant bags on my shoulder or arm and it's definitely not my least awkward look ever... Perhaps heels would help? I'm determined to find an oversized bag that works for my frame after seeing how many cool ones are popping up among retailers' new arrivals and how chic the Couture show attendees looked. Keep scrolling for the evidence and the very best oversized bag shopping the market currently has to offer.

This top-handle tote is an obvious choice for the office, but it's a cool, unexpected choice for OOO.

Wandler Mia Large Woven Leather Tote Bag ($1060)

Maison Margiela puffy clutches were all over the streets of Paris during Couture week, and we expect the same for S/S 20 fashion month.

Maison Margiela Glam Slam Leather Shoulder Bag ($1790)

Want to try the trend on the cheap? Grab an oversized canvas tote and call it a day.

Reformation Beach Tote ($38)

Bottega Veneta's Pouch Bag has solidified itself as the It bag of 2019. It may leave you with only one hand free, but it's so chic that it's worth it.

Bottega Veneta The Pouch Large Leather Clutch ($2400)

An oversized Loewe bag is enough to turn into outfit into something special. Case in point.

Loewe Leather-Appliqué Raffia Tote ($681)

If you love the boho look, you're going to love this bag trend.

Staud Large Rey Bag ($475)

The big puffer clutch strikes again. (P.S. this style looks amazing with ripped denim.)

BOYY Bobby 38 Leather-Trimmed Mesh Bag ($970)

Why not just match your bag to your dress. 

Medea Prima Venti Tote Bag ($541)

This Maison Margiela bag provides the perfect contrast to a cheery summer outfit.

Bottega Veneta Puffer Intrecciato Zip-Top Clutch Bag ($1920)

Also does double duty as a pillow (which you can't say for a mini bag).

Acne Studios Baker Leather-Trim Pocket Tote Bag ($392)

Next, I thought buying these bags was boring, but I'm so glad I did.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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