Face masks, toilet paper, rubber gloves and hand sanitizers are the new mini bags for Spring. Although most of our time is restricted to being at home, we shall not forget that sometimes, we need to wear a bag that can stuff all of our essentials whenever we hit the supermarket or go for walks. But if you can’t be bothered to carry a lot of items, we also found some small bags that can fit in your most important essentials when you go out (responsibly).
Regardless of shape, these new bags can fit in everything and anything we need within our hand’s reach. Here are the top 10 bags we need to get now:
S.Joon Milk Pail Leather Bag, US$532.70
Inspired by vintage bucket bags, S.Joon’s contemporary update on the classic silhouette is refined with its clean lines and creamy supple ecru hue. Like the pail used to carry milk, its depth and size makes it a suitable option to wear it from day to night thanks to the changeable straps, which you can experiment with either a small or long strap. Though it can fit a face mask and hand sanitizer, it can also work as a statement bag for your FaceTime brunch date with your girlfriends.
Rejina Pyo Banana Bag, US$640
When the world is going B-A-N-A-N-A-S, what else can we carry on our shoulders apart from our burdens and anxiety? Tongue-in-cheek, the Seoul born designer’s crescent-shaped handbag gets a campy spin from our favourite fruit. Trust us, this can fit in your hand sanitizer, gloves and mask when you wear it with sweats.
Shami Oshun Chameleon Bev Bag, US$195
Hands-free gets a whole new meaning when you can finally sling your drink over your shoulders without any additional grip. Made in California, the Los Angeles-based label’s cult bottle bag is made for you to stuff your drink inside its UV-activated colour-shifting case. Not only is it chic, it’s a sustainable alternative to the traditional red plastic carriers at coffee shops shall you need to collect your coffee. Plus, the colour-shifting hue can match your mask, too.
P.S. You can wear this at home when you need to ‘gram your live stream workout!
Mehry Mu Fey Market Bag, €365
The neighbourhood aunty who goes around in a netted bag and flip flops is the style icon we deserve to worship during this time. Crafted from velvet and titanium rope, this netted bag can fit in all the emergency supplies. Packed with a removable velvet pouch, you can also stuff your wallet, keys and lipstick shall you need to get dressed to collect your take out.
PUMA x Charlotte Olympia Fringe Leopard Bum Bag, S$79
Charlotte Olympia’s latest drop with PUMA gets a glamorous hands-free treatment in her signature leopard print and extravagant fringing. In spite of its small size, it can fit the smallest of necessities wherever you go out to take your dog for a walk or gather for family dinners at your in-laws’ house. Style yours with a vintage graphic tee, shorts and sneakers when you walk the dog or take the cat to the vet.
LINGWU Le Sac Corrugated Lamb Red, S$680
You might not be able to go to the Tiong Bahru market right now; however, you can find an equally chic, yet sustainable option to stuff in your bag-friendly fruits, snacks, Lysol, etc. Compared to most bags, this bag comes with an additional thin leather strap to give your shoulders a break from the super wide straps.
Bvlgari x Alexander Wang Serpenti Bag, S$3,450
Don’t be fooled by its appearance. Shapeshifting with form and fashion, the clean lines and baby blue hue make the Serpenti easy to pair with anything and everything. With changeable straps, you can wear it across your shoulder or let it hug your waist. Pair yours with a dress for your Zoom brunch date or a tracksuit when you wanna run errands in style. Not to forget, it has enough room to fit essentials like your masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. Since it’s a limited edition drop with Alexander Wang, go get it before your friends flex it.
Bottega Veneta Cassette Padded Intrecciato Leather Satchel, US$2,800
Daniel Lee’s secret sauce to making an “It” bag every season for Bottega will remain unknown; however, let’s not sleep on the Cassette. Bulky, but compact, the padded bag still carries the brand’s DNA of the intrecciato weave. Effortless and easy to wear with just about anything, you can style it with your blazer, vintage graphic tee, slip skirt and loafers when you need to pick up your coffee to the next Zoom meeting at home. Even when you go for the groceries, it can fit in your foldable burlap bag, too.
By Far Rachel Bag, US$261.49
Although it’s known for their strappy sandals, By Far is slaying the game with its small, but equally functional handbags. Sitting nicely on the shoulders, the Rachel bag brings a tinge of the ‘90s with its mariner chain links and leopard print. Style yours with a pinstripe blazer, pearl studs, corset and leather pants for your FaceTime date. Shall you choose to go out, this purse can accommodate a mask and small spray sanitizer.
HVN Rio Crystal Embellished Acrylic Tote, US$414.06
Designed by DJ turned designer Harley Viera-Newton, this little acrylic purse can hold more than you think. If you choose to meet your closest friend, partner and/or family members during a special occasion, perhaps this bag is the best option as it can store your mask, gloves, keys and lipstick. Although it’s designed to be a going out purse, it’s perfect for all those house gatherings.