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Small is the new big and it will be for a long time.

When I was planning a vacation recently, I knew I needed a mini handbag that I could wear crossbody. I know the freedom it would give me in the airport and would lighten my load when sightseeing. I searched and found the top mini handbags to consider for a vacation …or everyday for that matter!

My requirements for the mini handbag was the ability to wear it crossbody, in a leather that could withstand some wear and tear (those baggage scanners in the airport aren’t gentle with your items) and be able to hold my sunglasses (vacation essential), lipstick, wallet, and a small cosmetic case with mints, kleenex and hand sanitizer. Lastly, I wanted the strap to be removed or be able to tuck into the bag, so I could use it as a clutch or an evening bag. Tall order for a mini bag, right?

Well, I found LOTS great mini purse options in a variety of price ranges, so here are my top mini handbag picks with the hope that one will be what you are looking for.

I’ve ordered them from the lowest to highest price. The sizes are about the same for all (give or take a inch here and there.)

Furla Metropolis Mini

  • Lots of color, hardware, and pattern options with pebbled skins for durability.
  • Price ranges around $500.
  • Dimensions: 6.5″W x 4.7″H x 3.1″D
  • Can tuck the chain strap into the bag.
  • Clasp closure.

Gucci Soho Disco Bag

  • Lots of color options
  • Price around $1000 for a chain strap or limited editions around $1500 and exotics around $2000 with a matching leather strap.
  • Dimensions: 8″W x 6″H x 2.7″D
  • Cannot tuck the chain or strap in the bag, but the tassel (and in some models, the leather strap) can be removed.
  • Clasp closure.

Celine Trio Small

  • Lots of color options. Mostly goatskin leather.
  • Prices are around $1500 for the small size.
  • Dimensions: 8½”W x 6″H x 2″D
  • The strap cannot be removed but is adjustable. The interior pouch can be removed for a clutch option.
  • Zipper closure.

Louis Vuitton Alma BB

  • Lots of color options, and leathers like the traditional damier ebene or monogram canvas (the most durable), vernis or epi.
  • Prices range from $1500 for the canvas and up to $2000 for the vernis or epi leathers. Less on resale sites.
  • Dimensions: 9.8″W x 7.5″H x 4.7″D
  • Strap can be removed.
  • Zipper closure.

Balenciaga Mini City Bag

  • Lots of color options, and hardware options, but varies by season.
  • Priced around $1450.
  • Dimensions: 9.50″W x 6.25″H x 3.75″D
  • Strap is adjustable and can be removed.
  • Zipper closure.

Givenchy Nightingale Micro Tote

  • No longer in production but a great bag on the resale market. A variety of hardware and colors. Primarily goatskin leather.
  • Price around $900
  • Dimensions: 11.8″W x 7″H x 2.75″D
  • Strap can be removed and adjustable.
  • Zipper closure

Givenchy Pandora Mini

  • A variety of colors in primarily grained leather.
  • Price around $1700. Less on resale sights
  • Dimensions: 9.5″H x 5″W x 4.5″D
  • The strap can be removed and adjustable.
  • Zipper closure

Christian Dior Miss Dior Promenade Pouch

  • Again, not on the market except for resale but personally LOVE this bag. Lots of color options. Mostly lambskin leather, though some calfskin and patent.
  • Word on the street is that they are around $1000 now.
  • Dimensions: 8.25″W x 5.3″H
  • Strap can be removed to make it a clutch
  • Clasp closure.

Celine Nano Luggage Bag

  • Good color selection with mostly basic leather options.
  • Prices are around $2700 for the Nano. Less on resale markets.
  • Dimensions 8″W x 8″H x 4″D
  • The strap can be removed.
  • Zipper closure.

Chanel Mini Flap Bag

  • Seasonal color selection and some hard to find. Various leathers like lambskin, caviar, calfskin, and patent.
  • Prices around $3500 for the mini.
  • Dimensions: 7.9″W x 4.9″H x 2.8″D
  • Strap can be tucked into bag.
  • Turn lock closure.

Tell me what is your favorite crossbody mini handbag on this list! Any crossbody that is your favorite that is not featured here? Let me know.

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