YAY or NAY: Mini Backpacks?

PurseBop’s followed the ‘mini-madness’ trend since the very beginning. (Read: The Complete Guide to Mini Bag Madness) Mini bags aren’t just adorable, but they can be great assets to any comprehensive collection. But the idea of a mini backpack is, on its face, confusing. We’re all probably used to carrying a backpack to lug around books, our laptops, and other large items. So, how can a tiny backpack possibly serve you?

It seems the trend is taking off because backpacks are becoming stylish again. They’re functional for the same reasons a mini is.  A backpack used as a handbag can add a casual, athletic, or street-style vibe to any outfit. Backpacks, by nature, are utilitarian. They fully zip and secure your items, and often have multiple pockets for added organization. Mini backpacks are great go-to options if you want something practical. Even though you have to downsize on space, you still have all benefits of a traditional backpack when it comes to ease of use. Some mini backpacks even come with straps for crossbody wear if you prefer your backpack to wear more like a handbag.

This year, the Louis Vuitton Palm Springs mini backpack and MCM Mini Backpack have been particularly popular. But many other brands are putting out mini wonders you should take a look at too! Check them out below…

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MCM Mini Backpack vs. Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack ~ @jaknoy

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Gucci Beaded Sky GG Supreme Backpack $2690

Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack in Monogram via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack in Monogram Reverse via Louis Vuitton

MCM Stark Side-Stud Mini Backpack via Neiman Marcus

Fendi Leather Backpack with Floral Appliques via Bergdorf Goodman

Fendi Monster Nylon Leather & Fur Backpack via Saks Fifth Avenue

Balenciaga Giant 12 Traveler XS Backpack via Neiman Marcus

Valentino Small Rockstud Leather Backpack via Nordstrom

Saint Laurent Leather Backpack with Fringe Detail via Bergdorf Goodman

Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Leather Backpack via Saks Fifth Avenue

GG Marmont Leather Backpack via Neiman Marcus

Gucci Beaded Sky GG Supreme Backpack via Bergdorf Goodman

Gucci Tian GG Supreme Backpack via Saks Fifth Avenue

Alexander McQueen Studded Chain-Strap Leather Backpack via Saks Fifth Avenue

Marc Jacobs Mini Biker Nylon Backpack via Nordstrom

Tory Burch Pebbled Leather Backpack via Nordstrom

Instagram Eye Candy

Fashionistas around instagram are really loving mini backpacks right now. See the pics down below to get inspiration!

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What’s the verdict? Are you YAY or NAY on mini backpacks?

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Published: August 24th, 2016
Updated: May 27th, 2017

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2 Responses to “YAY or NAY: Mini Backpacks?”

  • Mini backpacks are cute! I have one on my dream list. I do have a slight addiction to full-sized leather backpacks. They’re comfortable and I are perfect for traveling. I’ve never been a tote girl.


  • I’m too old for a backpack, but never liked them. Didn’t use them in college or law school. Cute for kids or young adults IMHO.