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Big bags are back. Here are the most stylish ones to add to your everyday wardrobe

The advent of the mini bag craze has left little room for larger and more practical bags—the kind that say, Phoebe Philo, one of fashion’s most sensible designers, would have put on the runway.

This Spring/Summer 2022, however, there seems to be a vibe shift: big bags are back. We’re talking tote bags that are equally spacious and stylish, functional accessories that you can actually wear to work—not just show off on Instagram.

If you’ve been looking to give your wardrobe a supersized upgrade, read more for our picks of the best big bags of the season.

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Chanel 22

Chanel may be known for its petite purses, but the French luxury brand has officially co-signed the tote bag trend with the Chanel 22 handbag. A distinctive departure from anything we’ve seen from the fashion house before, the Chanel 22 boasts a casual look with its soft, pillow-like structure, crafted from supple, quilted leather.

The bag has a wide opening—throw in whatever you want!— and can be carried by its elegant metal chain strap interlaced with leather. The Chanel 22 is designed to give women the freedom of movement, and many stylish stars would agree that it does the job, including Irene Kim, Christelle Lim and Yoyo Cao. The best part? It comes in a range of colours, from a hue as fun as pink to more classic, work-friendly ones like black and white. 

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Saint Laurent Icare Maxi Shopping Bag

This supersized Saint Laurent tote already has the approval of two of the coolest It-girls of the moment: The Batman star Zoe Kravitz and Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney.

Coming from a brand that’s known for its slim, rectangular purses, the Icare Maxi Shopping bag stands out with its soft lambskin exterior featuring lozenge quilting and a blown-up YSL logo that is sculpted like a piece of jewellery. This is the bag we’ll be hauling on our next weekend getaway.

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Versace La Greca Tote Bag

Versace upgrades the everyday tote bag with its striking La Greca monogram, making this a statement accessory to take with you everywhere you go. It’s a versatile design: it comes with a detachable shoulder strap so you have two ways to carry it, and the leather trim along the front can be used to attach other accessories from Versace’s La Greca Signature collection to create a truly functional bag.

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Alaïa Hinge Large tote bag

Maison Alaïa’s masterful leather craftsmanship is on full display on this new shopper bag introduced by Pieter Mulier. The Hinge, as it’s been named, is marked by the inlaid leather lacing seen all around the bag.

The hinge-like detail is a trademark of founder Azzedine Alaïa, who introduced it in the ‘90s after being inspired by the techniques of cabinetmaking. The lacing makes the bag more flexible and gives it a distinctive look. We’re betting this will sit pretty high on the wishlists of those who loved old Céline’s Cabas Phantom totes.

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The Row

The Olsen twins have always made the case for big bags. And with their label The Row, they have created the perfect one: the Margaux, a slouchy leather bag with belted, gusseted sides and a top handle. Coming in suede and smooth leather variations, this elegant tote is a minimalist’s dream with its clean lines and fuss-free design.

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Coperni Heart Tote Bag

Dua Lipa, Kendall Jenner and Doja Cat are all fans of Coperni’s bags, and it’s easy to see why. The buzzy Paris label has a knack for making simple accessories that stand out with just a little bit of quirk (remember the glass Swipe bags?) and their Heart Tote Bag is no different. Besides its unique shape, another plus is that the bag is lightweight thanks to its cotton-blend construction, making it easy to stuff everything you need in it.

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