10 Compact Purses for Carrying Just the Essentials

Phone, wallet, keys-what more do you need?

(SPOT.ph) Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably caught a glimpse of French fashion house Jacquemus’ infamous micro handbags, which are so tiny they can barely hold loose change. While you probably scoffed at the not-so-practical size, admit that if you could squeeze all your belongings Mary Poppins-style into a bag that small, you probably would. While most days in a busy city call for big bags to hold all your daily necessities, other days, you just can’t be bothered. You slip on your lace-free sneakers, you throw on a plain white tee, and you grab a tiny bag because all you really need are the essentials—phone, wallet, keys, a few extras, and you’re good to go.

Here are 10 tiny purses for when you’re carrying the bare necessities:

Crossbody Bag With Mesh Pocket (P895) from Pull&Bear

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We love the fresh Neomint shade of this little shoulder bag from Pull&Bear. Its compact size will fit small items like your phone, cash, and keys, among other things, so you can grab it anytime you’re in a rush and you’re just bringing the bare minimum. It also includes a small mesh zip-pocket in the front perfect to fit loose change or important receipts.

See a list of Pull&Bear branches.

Safe & Sound Wallet Sling (P1,920) from Renegade Folk

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Hate carrying your wallet around when you go shopping? This itty-bitty bag from Renegade Folk is pretty much a wallet with a handy strap. It’s got a front flap pocket with a bill holder and several card slots plus a zip pocket at the back for your coins. It comes in several cute colors like blush pink and baby blue as well as finishes like crocodile and banig. You’ll want to collect one style for each day of the week!

See a list of Renegade Folk branches

Macaroon Tiny (P2,195) from Doughnut

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Don’t be fooled by its shape—this little bag from Doughnut is not a backpack, but a sling bag modeled after their popular Macaroon knapsacks. It has the shape and durability of a backpack squeezed into a handy size that you can strap on during casual days. And just like its larger counterpart, it comes in a variety of cute shades from candy-colored pastels to practical all-black colorways.

See a list of Doughnut branches.

Suisse Travel Sling (P9,222.50) from FINO Leatherware


This chic shoulder bag from local brand FINO Leatherware has an elegant, classic silhouette that would look good with all your OOTDs. The bright red-orange shade would add a pop of color to any plain outfit. The simple zip-design and spacious shape will hold your phone, wallet, keys, and other necessities, no problem.

See a list of FINO Leatherware branches.

Michiko (P6,000) from The Tannery

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In a rush? This handy bucket bag from The Tannery opens up wide thanks to its drawstring enclosure, so you can toss all your belongings in without a second thought and you’re good to go. Plus, it’s got an adjustable strap you can tweak to match your height or personal preference.

The Tannery has branches at Glorietta 1, Shangri-La Plaza, and UP Town Center.

Croc-Effect Chest Bag (P2,295) from Mango


We’re obsessed with the boxy shape on this crossbody bag from Mango. You can lift the flap open and keep your things inside nice and snug, almost like a mini drawer. You can even remove the strap and use it as an adorable handheld purse. The crocodile-like texture and versatile brown shade make this piece chic enough for work and play.

Available at Mango branches nationwide.

Lyon (P3,250) from Pravi


Hate rummaging through your bag just to dig up that one small thing you’re looking for? This bag from Pravi will be your new best friend. The rectangular shape can be laid down flat and opened up fully, almost like a suitcase, but in a compact size. The spacious design should ensure that even with a small bag, you’ll be able to fit all the things you need for the day inside. It has two interior pockets, too, in case you need to keep certain items (cosmetics, chargers, pens, and the like) separate from the rest.

Available online.

Marbled Clutch Bag (P2,690) from H&M


One of the easiest ways to dress up a plain outfit is with a standout purse. This clutch from H&M sports a cool marbled pattern in light yellow and gray that’s sure to catch people’s eyes. You can strap it on crossbody-style for a casual outfit or use it as a handheld clutch to dress up a plain LBD at your next big event.

See a list of H&M branches.

Crossbody Bag With Chain (P895) from Bershka

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Make any outfit Elle Woods-approved with this bright fuchsia bag from Bershka. It features an arched silhouette that gets wider at the base so you can put a good amount of things inside apart from your usual essentials, like sunglasses or makeup for midday touch-ups. It’s also available in more practical shades like cream and black.

See a list of Bershka branches.

Padded Mobile Phone Purse (P1,495) from Zara


There are days when all you really need is your phone. Instead of worrying about it slipping out of your pocket or holding it in your hand nonstop, keep it in this sleek phone purse from Zara, which has a little pocket that’ll hold your phone safe and snug. But it’s more than just a one-trick-pony—it also opens up like a wallet and has card slots, a bill holder, and a zip-pocket for coins, too!

See a list of Zara branches.

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