It has not escaped our attention that D&G mini bags are bang on-trend. So for your reading pleasure, we have put together this review of the top 10 Dolce & Gabbana Mini Handbags.
Traditionally speaking ‘mini’ was the original form of the handbag. Until the late 18th century handbags came in the form of small purses which were, first of all, unisex and intended to hold nothing more than money.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, bigger and bigger handbags came into fashion, reaching a head with the IKEA lookalike Balenciaga Arena bag in 2017.
Over the past few seasons, however, bags have been shrinking again and while Jacquemus has given us the ultimate example of this trend with its aptly named “Mini Le Chiquito” bag, most mini bags are a little more practical.
The Dolce & Gabbana Brand
Founded in 1985 by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the brand quickly outgrew its role as a designer consulting studio; in 1989 they launched a leotard line as well as starting to design swimming costumes.
Since then the brand has grown and become a household name; their clothes, shoes, and handbags are staples of luxury fashion. Known for over-the-top luxury, femininity, and flair Dolce & Gabbana bags have long been a mainstay of the youthful face of fashion, and these 10 mini handbags are no different.
Dolce & Gabbana mini handbags may not be the smallest or most outrageous on the market right now, but for most people that is a plus! Their practical and stunning mini handbags are perfect for carrying your essentials in style to dinners, parties, and evenings on the town.
Top 10 Best Dolce & Gabbana Mini Handbags
Coming up next is (in our opinion) the top 10 best Dolce & Gabbana mini handbags on offer right now. They are stylish, durable, and have that ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that makes a bag stand out as a long-term investment for those who take fashion seriously.
Of course, most of them aren’t exactly ‘practical’, however, fashion is one of the few areas in life where we can (and should) be frivolous and whimsical from time to time!
1. Devotion Embellished Satin Tote
After years of muted pastels and deep, ‘mature’ tones and bags which are either fit for the boardroom or designed to be practical, luxury, whimsy, and over-the-top glamour are back in fashion. Of course, at Dolce & Gabbana they never left.
This royal purple satin mini tote bag is a perfect example of classic Dolce & Gabbana ‘bling’. The tiny purse, which is in reality about the size of a small clutch bag, has all the sharp lines and bold features of a larger handbag (which look all the more striking in such as small size). The rich purple colour is offset by a delicate and ornate fastening mechanism.
A heart-shaped brass and pearl decoration have the iconic DG logo at its centre, bringing what might otherwise have been a plain design back into the modern era.
2. Ingrid Lizard-Effect Leather Tote
Label and logo fever is officially back in fashion. With Gucci being the first to capitalise on the sudden appetite for boldly branded designer wear that began with Instagram and spread throughout youth culture, it’s no surprise that more fashion houses are following suit.
While Dolce & Gabbana are masters of tasteful branding, this mini leather tote eschews the fad in favour of a fresh twist on classic elegance and that alone makes it necessary to stand up and pay attention to this cute little powerhouse.
The lizard-effect texture and compartmented structure are undeniably traditional while the aqua colour and size are bang on-trend. The delicate gold detailing and ‘DG’ logo also make this delicately coloured bag easy to accessories.
Chunky gold jewellery and classically elegant clothing will make this bag into a statement piece that pops! More than this, the style, splash of muted colour, and tasteful approach to branding mean that this is a bag with staying power; if the bold branding trend goes south, this bag will still be firmly in.
3. Devotion Embellished Shoulder Bag
It sounds critical to say that this bag looks and feels like a life-sized Polly Pocket accessory. This is a refreshingly whimsical bag in a world where fashion takes itself ever more seriously.
The pale, feminine lilac leather with its chunky gold chain and iconic ornate ‘DG’ badge falls just short of saccharine in sweetness and is without a doubt the ultimate accompaniment to this seasons summer dresses.
Channel your inner ’90s girl and wear this bag with a skater dress and flat shoes for a throwback look that’s right on-trend, or let it dress up your pale denim, but whatever you do don’t write this cute bag off. It is both beautiful and surprisingly spacious.
4. Sicily Mini Top Handle Bag
The trend for mini handbags has led to many cute and quirky design. Dolce & Gabbana’s penchant for miniature versions of familiar ‘full-sized’ bag designs is uniquely striking.
The slightly disorientating effect that designs such as this Sicily top handle bag has makes the tried and tested design fresh and turns this bag into a statement piece instead of an ‘everyday’ purse.
The bubblegum pink colour turns expectations upside down and gives this very classic, satchel-esque design a fresh and youthful feel. Not a bag for all your essentials, but big enough to fit your phone, wallet, and keys.
Makes a wonderfully off-key choice for a daily handbag if you’re confident you can travel light.
5. Jewel Embellished Bag
The fashion trends of the roaring ’20s have indeed come ‘roaring’ back onto the scene. New Year’s Eve saw an onslaught of Great Gatsby, and 1920s themed parties, that was to be expected.
What only the movers and shakers of the fashion world saw coming was the enduring return of the styles that defined that era. This classic, ’20s style, the clasp-top purse wouldn’t look out of place at the head table of the titanic (though hopefully any evening out it sees will go far better than that fateful voyage).
The black satin which makes up the body of the bag is heavily embellished with floral crystals and dark, shimmering stones which are also found on the gold-tone chain handle.
This bag is guaranteed to make you feel like a superstar and add a touch of vintage glamour to your evening.
6. Nano Embellished Sicily Bag
A decidedly modern take on the 1920s beaded purse, this embellished Sicily design bag takes sparkle and shine to a whole new level with a full covering of sparkles.
The body of the bag is made from a silk blend while the trims are crafted from iguana print leather, and while this would be luxurious enough the embellishments on this bag are crystal, not glass.
This level of decoration might be overwhelming on a larger bag. In this case, it serves to break up the uniform silver colour of the purse by adding texture and sparkle. You really know when the light catches this bag, and so will everyone else in the room.
What it does not feature is the classic retro snap-top fastening mechanism. Instead, it has a cleverly disguised magnetic fastening mechanism which holds a covering flap in place.
7. DG Girls Leather Shoulder Bag
If Insta-fluencers had a fashion calling card (other than the vague but powerful ‘Gucci Drip’) it would be this bag. Truly tiny, white and gold, and dominated by the ornate ‘DG’ logo in an Art Nouveau style, there’s not much about this bag that is subtle.
Despite that, it has a certain wow-factor that just seems… well, cool. Barely big enough to hold credit cards (and certainly too small for the largest iPhone), it has that catwalk feel that true fashionistas can’t resist.
The rigid white leather exterior and closing flap with magnetic fastening mechanisms make it easy to get into on the go. The gold-toned chain handle and shoulder strap mean you can carry it however you please without worry.
Do these practical touches mean that it’s going to be the go-to bag for daily life (or even a night on the town)? No.
Do we want it anyway? Absolutely!
8. Malachite Sint Glass Box Bag
Dolce & Gabbana have officially become the masters of mixing the retro with the current. This bag is indisputable proof.
With one hand on the pulse of fashion, and the other reaching back into the trends of more unashamedly glamorous days, the team at Dolce & Gabbana have made a truly striking bag.
Made in the iconic ‘Sicily’ style, this bag is made from malachite-effect glass… yes, you heard correctly; this bag is made from glass. Or at least the outer shell is; the interior is made of soft but durable black Nappa leather.
The snap top fastening mechanism doesn’t feel retro, here, but rather appropriate, as does the lack of obvious ‘DG’ branding. After all, what else could this bag be but a Dolce & Gabbana?
9. DG Amore Shoulder Bag
Equal parts refined femininity and iconic Dolce & Gabbana swagger, this leather shoulder bag is classic, but far from boring. The smooth and soft black leather and classic gold detailing are lifted by the eye-catching ‘DG’ logo which sits over the fastening mechanism.
Coming with a leather handle and chain shoulder strap, this bag will look good with any outfit and fit in at any occasion. While its small size restricts what it can hold the interior is well organised and surprisingly spacious.
This means that it could easily be a work bag for those who travel light and like to make a statement, but it is, of course, equally suited to evening events, dinners, and parties.
10. Sicily 62 in Python Skin
Despite recent blowback on leather and fur in the fashion industry, animal prints are back in fashion and this miniature, Sicily-style python-skin bag has its finger firmly on the pulse of fashion lovers everywhere.
Big in the ’80s and firmly in the ‘tacky’ box for most people since then, snake-skin is on the rebound, and this cute little number (lined with black Nappa leather) is a perfect example of the kind of styles that are sure to be ‘in’ for the next season at least.
The interior of this cute and dainty bag is compartmentalized for those who like to be organised; there’s even a smartphone slot, and while this is a small bag, it’s sure to fit almost all phones as well as cards, money, and even a tube of lipstick!
Dolce & Gabbana Mini Handbags – Are We Seeing the Future of Fashion?
In truth, the average mini bag is roughly the same size as the average clutch bag, and as many have shoulder straps they could be said to be more practical.
But practicality isn’t the aim here. It’s about the unadulterated joy of choosing and enjoying something purely because you find it exquisitely beautiful. Each of these top 10 D&G mini’s provides this in their own way.
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Fashion often moves in circles, but the only thing that is really certain is that trends come and go. The over-the-top, some might say ridiculous, ‘nano’ bag trend which swept the catwalks so recently is already fading.
While superstars like Lizzo made it mainstream, the truth is that we’re just too practical, on the whole, for that particular trend to take root. Mini-bags, however, have a real chance of becoming the new Baguette Bag. And why not?
Whether or not the mini handbag trend lasts, the styles, designs, and often unique approach to materials that Dolce & Gabbana have shown with these bags are sure to crop up time and time again in the future. This means that these bags are a savvy investment for future-conscious fashion lovers.
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