Once upon a time, ladies carried pocketbooks. Remember those? Dainty little purses that held just the essentials--keys, cash, lipstick. Not the glorified carry-on suitcases we’re all schlepping around these days.

Yes, living in certain cities requires a sturdy commuter tote. But for off-duty hours, consider toning down your handbag game. This spring, all the cool girls are carrying much smaller, much swingier little ditties.

Let’s take a look.

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MINIMAL

Here’s the idea: That sleek little pouch clutch you’ve seen everywhere? It now has a strap. Sling it casually over one shoulder or wear it as a crossbody. (Pro tip: The modern way to do so is by keeping it up front.)

Get the look: Céline ($1,050 in NYC stores); Cuyana ($195); Mango ($25)

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CHAIN STRAP

This one is a slight update on Chanel’s quilted classic, and it’s a dressier way to try the trend.

Get the look: Chloé ($1,790); 3.1 Phillip Lim ($695); Target ($35)

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FRINGE

For a funkier look, turn to French Vogue’s Emmanuelle Alt. Her fringed mini bucket bag hits three current trends in one. 

Get the look: Saint Laurent ($1,990); Diane von Furstenberg ($298); ASOS ($29)

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COLORFUL

We know, we know: Neutrals are the most practical. But you?re buying a ridiculously tiny purse. Play around with the hue.

Get the look: Valentino ($1,895); Furla ($148); J.Crew ($98)

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GRAPHIC

The same goes here. But if you’re not into shocking colors, look for patterns that make you smile instead.

Get the look: Alexander Wang ($725); Madewell ($265); & Other Stories ($120)

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