Trend Watch: Itty-Bitty Spring Satchels

In a refreshing break from all the roomy, oversize proportions of recent seasons, spring handbags have shrunken to almost minuscule measurements.

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In a decided break from all the roomy, oversized proportions of recent seasons, spring handbags have shrunken down to almost minuscule measurements. Not only is it a relief to our lower back, but mini-bags are the perfect counterpart to this season's statement nail trend—after all, nothing lures the eye to a fabulous clutch like a shiny new manicure. This apple-red Chloe bag, for example, would look lovely with a coordinating shade of crimson.
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In a decided break from all the roomy, oversized proportions of recent seasons, spring handbags have shrunken down to almost minuscule measurements. Not only is it a relief to our lower back, but mini-bags are the perfect counterpart to this season's statement nail trend—after all, nothing lures the eye to a fabulous clutch like a shiny new manicure. This apple-red Chloe bag, for example, would look lovely with a coordinating shade of crimson.
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Valentino's stylish mini-satchels were similar in shape to Chloe's, but were much heavier on the hardware. This cream version is outlined entirely in metal grommets
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At Louis Vuitton, hand-held clutches and chain strap bags were festooned with beads and exotic embroidered flowers. Certainly evening-appropriate, but even better, we suspect, paired with a casual daytime ensemble.
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Alexander Wang's unusual wristlets struck just the right balance between hard and soft elements, with sharp metal corners framing a roomier fabric body.
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No longer evening-only, the simple patent mini-bags at DKNY added a dose of color to casual daytime looks.
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We love when two spring trends combine to form a single, ultimate accessory: Givenchy's perfect mini-satchels combine exotic animal prints with contrasting white accents.
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Marc Jacobs' striking envelope handbags were embellished with beaded polka-dot clusters, repeating a pattern that was dappled throughout the ready-to-wear collection.
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Easy and understated, one of Diane von Furstenberg's little clutches offers just enough color without overwhelming the outfit.
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Derek Lam is a champion when it comes to creating no-fuss structured satchels, but these pale gray versions in textured ostrich definitely upped the "luxe" factor from previous collections.
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As always, Hermes had plenty to contribute to the handbag discussion this season. These supple leather bags might easily double as a roomy wallets should you need to transition an outfit from the office to an evening out.
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Proenza's eclectic spring handbags were executed in peculiar cubic shapes—great for creating an illusion of mini-ness when, in fact, there's still plenty of room in which to stash the essentials.
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When it comes to handbags, 3.1 Phillip Lim has historically favored young, funky styles in bright prints and colors. This season, however, the brand debuted a line of less trendy and more grown-up handbags, including this perfectly-proportioned mini.
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Ralph Lauren can always be counted upon to whip up petite Americana satchels as appropriate for horseback rides as they are slung over long maxi-dresses.
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Of all the "minis," by far our favorite was Lanvin's hard case leaf bag, which is covered in pale green python and finished with a single bejeweled leaf.
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