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Latest fashion trend: Korean celebs are swapping micro bags for something bigger

From the Blackpink ladies to K-drama superstars, upsizing is the new normal trend when it comes to bags.

Latest fashion trend: Korean celebs are swapping micro bags for something bigger

Korea's A-list posse Song Hye-kyo, Suzy Bae, Lisa and Park Shin-hye shows us the right way to wear our bags hereon. (Art: Chern Ling)

Micro bags that have been trending the last couple of fashion seasons have taken a serious beating during the pandemic. After all, stepping out of the home now involves far more than just bringing your credit card and house keys.

With everyone being extra careful, the checklist of things to bring is now longer than usual: Extra face masks, alcohol wipes, disinfectant, protective eyewear, just to name a few.  

And all that certainly isn’t going to be able to fit into a micro bag that measures all of 5cm by 3cm by 4cm, right?

READ: Not just masks: Essential items you'll need in your bag during the new normal

But if you think bigger bags are impractical, some of the most fashionable Korean celebrities you love might be able to change your mind.

From Blackpink’s Jennie to K-drama A-lister Gianna Jun, these style-driven ladies are swapping micro bags in the name of something more useful. CNA Lifestyle rounds up some shop-able bags with a sprinkle of K-star magic dust.

JENNIE FROM THE TOTE BLOCK

If anything, Blackpink’s Jennie knows her bags. Regularly seen in head-to-toe Chanel or sporting the latest Loewe wares, the 24-year-old recently went fashion incognito with a laser-cut tote. Roomy and stylish, the tote will fit whatever life throws at her. 

Our top pick:

Louis Vuitton Since 1854 Petit Sac Plat, S$2,070. (Art: Chern Ling) 

Other alternatives:

(Clockwise: Dior Book tote, Saint Laurent Classic Sac De Jour, Loewe Hammock tote bag; Art: Chern Ling)

SHIN-HYE FOR THE SLING

Take a cue from Park Shin-hye – you’ll need to upsize the micro. To keep things fun, you could do like Park and include patches or personalise your sac with charms and other add-ons that hold sentimental value.

Our top pick:

Hermes Della Cavalleria bag, S$11,300. (Art: Chern Ling) 

Other alternatives:

(Clockwise: Prada sling bag, Valentino Garavani VSling, Saint Laurent Kaia small satchel, Louis Vuitton Since 1854 Noe purse; Art: Chern Ling)

This statuesque beauty illustrates how to do back-to-school, albeit with an edge. An all-black ensemble works like a charm of course, play on tone-on-tone textures to take it up a notch.

Our top pick:

Chanel Shopping bag, S$5,110. (Art: Chern Ling) 

Other alternatives:

(Clockwise: Gucci Fake/Not backpack, Loewe Balloon backpack, Dior Oblique Jacquard backpack; Art: Chern Ling)

LISA GOES HOBO 

Need a shopper that is big enough for extended essentials but not heavy enough to give you sore shoulders? Blackpink’s Lisa sports the perfect size. Its hobo shape lends an effortlessly boho vibe.

Our top pick:

Chloe Darryl Small Hobo, S$1,990. (Art: Chern Ling) 

Other alternatives:

(Clockwise: Miu Miu leather hobo, Tod's quilted hobo, Chloe hobo, Gucci Jackie bag; Art: Chern Ling)

​​​​​Top-handle bags have evolved. This feminine take on what was strictly a “power woman” bag gives it a visibly softer, after-hours spin. Do a Jisoo and play matchy match with colour.

Our top pick:

Miu Miu Miu Belle, S$4,100. (Art: Chern Ling) 

Other alternatives:

(Clockwise: Louis Vuitton Capucines PM, Gucci 'Gucci 1955' Horsebit top handle bag, Prada saffiano top handle bag, Dolce & Gabbana top handle bag, Tod's quilted bag; Art: Chern Ling)

NOTHING ESCAPES HYE-KYO’S CLUTCH 

(Photo: Bottega Veneta)

Big is better when it comes to clutch bags as shown by Song Hye-kyo. The single-again actress breaks all the pre-set rules with hers – unstructured (definitive lines is so 1980s), with a chain (for over-the-shoulder convenience) and oversized (better to stuff it with essentials).

Our top pick:

Loewe Flamenco bag, S$3,800. (Art: Chern Ling) 

Other alternatives:

(Clockwise: Bottega Veneta Candy Leather clutch, Chanel envelop clutch, Valentino Garavani clutch, Miu Miu clutch, Dolce & Gabbana minaudiere; Art: Chern Ling)

Out and about, the last thing you want to worry about is lugging one or many bags. That’s when a hands-free chain bag will come in extremely handy. After all, your hands are meant to do greater things such as spreading love and clinging on to your mobile for dear life as shown by Suzy.

Our top pick:

Dior 30 Montaigne chain bag, S$5,500. (Art: Chern Ling) 
Other alternatives:
(Clockwise: Louis Vuitton Twist MM, Chanel flap bag, Saint Laurent Suzanne small hobo, Gucci GG Dionysus bag; Art: Chern Ling)
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