Conventional logic dictates that a handbag should fit the essentials; keys, wallet, phone, and anything else one might need during their day. Of course, when you’re an It girl the rules no longer apply. Lately for stars such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid smaller has proven better.

Words: Janelle Okwodu | Editing: Madeline Fass

They’ve been trading in their carryalls for the kind of teensy purses that can barely hold a chapstick, let alone an iPhone Plus. While it’s routine for celebrities to embrace the newest bag trends first, they typically prefer their statement accessories big and bold. But after years of carting around Birkins, Chanel Classic Flaps, and other classics, the current generation appears to be in the mood for something different.

A tiny bag isn’t guaranteed to stand out—at her street-naming celebration in Barbados earlier this month, early adopter Rihanna toted a dinky yellow Jacquemus bag that was almost entirely camouflaged against her Hellessy outfit in the same shade—but it does say a few things about its wearer. The ability to edit is a skill and those who can pare down their handbag to only the essentials reap the rewards accordingly. If you’re a top model or chart-topping musician, odds are you have an assistant on hand to carry around any extras—even the most famous people in the world need to show i.d. now and again—but there’s still a style lesson worth learning here. While most probably aren't ready to ditch everything in favor of a microscopic Fendi like Gigi Hadid's, there's something to be said for leaving it all behind.


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Jacquemus Chiquito micro bag in yellow


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Fendi Peekaboo micro bag in black leather with embroidery


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Irina Shayk

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Coach Kisslock frame bag 23


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Irina Shayk

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Prada Cahier micro velvet shoulder bag


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Kendall Jenner

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Louis Vuitton Capucines mini handbag in naturel


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Emily Ratajkowski

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Mark Cross Grace mini box bag in red leather


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Lanvin mini python bag


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Gigi Hadid

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Les Petits Joueurs Nano Alex handbag charm


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