Last Updated on April 12, 2023
Remember when Jacquemus’ mini bags were the hottest arm candy in town? Those diddy bags will always hold a special place in my heart, but in 2023 we’re waving goodbye to teeny tiny accessories and hello to colossal holdalls, XXL totes and oversized bags.
I know what you’re thinking: were big bags ever really out of style? Kendall Jenner wore a huge Bottega Veneta shoulder bag back in 2021, while stars Zoe Kravitz, Miley Cyrus, Sydney Sweeney and Hailey Bieber were all pictured wearing YSL’s larger-than-life Icare bag last year.
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Sure, I don’t think they’ve been hiding anywhere for too long, but it’s safe to say we’re edging towards more practical choices in 2023 when it comes to our handbags.
I’ve never been someone who can just carry a lipstick and my bank card for a day out. I need my make up, water bottle, notepads, pens, phone charger…the list goes on. With such a huge amount to carry around all day, I need a bag that holds it all.
So I’m leaning into XXL bags, especially after seeing so many glorious iterations of them on the SS23 runways. At Bottega Veneta, we were treated to a slouchy style in their signature ‘intrecciato’ design, while Prada offered a more structured shape with a worn look. At Givenchy, there was a nod to Y2K style with hold-alls covered in buckles.
The oversized bag is not just a functional accessory; it’s also a bold fashion statement that can elevate any outfit, serving as the focal point of your outfit and tying it together perfectly.
If you’re looking to get one, I’ve found some investment pieces you might just fall in love with.
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Shop Oversized Bags
Leather maxi tote bag, £119, Zara – buy now
The tote large canvas Tote bag, £230, Marc Jacobs – buy now
Jute basket bag, £ 35.99, Mango – buy now
Urban originals double knot hobo bag, £70, Anthropologie – buy now
Oversized borg tote bag in cream, £30, ASOS – buy now
Japan woven-leather box tote bag, £328, Dragon Diffusion – buy now
Adela Croc Leather Tote, £220, Jigsaw – buy now
Arco large Intrecciato-canvas tote bag, £1,970, Bottega Veneta – buy now
Allington Straw Tote Bag, £119, AllSaints – buy now
Oversized Leather Shoulder Bag, £250, Cos – buy now
Oversized Canvas Tote, £265, GANT – buy now
Canvas Tote Bag, £55, Arket – buy now