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Step Aside, Mini Bags – Oversized Totes Are Well and Truly Back

They’re *bigger* than ever.

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.

Prada SS23 courtesy of launchmetrics
Prada SS23/ Courtesy of Launchmetrics

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.

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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 from Zara

Leather maxi tote bag, £119, Zara – buy now

The tote large canvas Tote bag from Marc Jacobs

The tote large canvas Tote bag, £230, Marc Jacobs – buy now

Jute basket bag from Mango

Jute basket bag, £ 35.99, Mango – buy now

Urban originals double knot hobo bag from Anthropologie

Urban originals double knot hobo bag, £70, Anthropologie – buy now

Oversized borg tote bag in cream form ASOS

Oversized borg tote bag in cream, £30, ASOS – buy now

Japan woven-leather box tote bag form Dragon Diffusion

Japan woven-leather box tote bag, £328, Dragon Diffusion – buy now

Adela Croc Leather Tote Jigsaw

Adela Croc Leather Tote, £220, Jigsaw – buy now

Arco large Intrecciato-canvas tote bag Bottega Veneta

Arco large Intrecciato-canvas tote bag, £1,970, Bottega Veneta – buy now

Allington Straw Tote Bag AllSaints

Allington Straw Tote Bag, £119, AllSaints – buy now


Oversized Leather Shoulder Bag, £250, Cos – buy now

Oversized Canvas Tote GANT

Oversized Canvas Tote, £265, GANT – buy now

Canvas Tote Bag Arket

Canvas Tote Bag, £55, Arket – buy now

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