ATTN: The Viral Uniqlo Round Mini Shoulder Bag Is *Finally* Back in Stock (in 9 Gorgeous Spring Colors!)

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Between quiet luxury and the return of ‘90s fashion, there’s no denying minimalism is having a moment right now. But if you need more evidence than what’s been popping up on your TikTok feed, consider this: The number one most-searched for fashion item since last winter is Uniqlo’s round mini crossbody bag ($20). Yup, according to the global shopping platform Lyst, this half-moon-shaped handbag beat out Dior’s patterned book tote and Bottega Veneta’s woven leather styles to become the hottest product of the year thus far. Even better? It’s finally back in stock with a whole new wave of gorgeous spring colors to shop (and wear) ASAP.

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“Say less!” you might be thinking, but we’re gonna say just a little bit more, because it’s not just the chic design and affordable price point that’s making this cutie such a must-have. The sleek crossbody is made of a nylon-esque polyester that’s incredibly lightweight and has a water-repellent finish to ward off rain or accidental spills—two features that are really ideal for travel, but are also convenient plusses any day of the week. Despite its small size, it can hold a decent amount without appearing overstuffed. In fact, there are multiple TikTok videos of gals packing their Uniqlo crossbodies with a wallet, phone, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, keys and even a water bottle or compact umbrella. There are even two inner pockets for stowing smaller items, so they don’t get lost in the mix.

Without any obvious branding or logos, one could easily assume this Uniqlo handbag is actually from a minimalist high-end brand like The Row or Victoria Beckham, and it leans into the recent rise of quiet luxury or stealth wealth. And, of course, we can’t ignore the added benefit of such an affordable price tag, especially in light of the looming recession. As style forecaster Mandy Lee, who goes by @oldloserinbrooklyn on TikTok, explained in a video post, the stark contrast between the Uniqlo bag’s position as the most-wanted item of 2023 as compared to Lyst’s top items at the end of 2022 (including Mach & Mach’s crystal bow heels, Acne Studio’s colorful plaid scarf, a sequin dress by 16Arlington and Saint Laurent’s quilted, logo-adorned Icare bag) “is just another reminder that we are entering a season of uniformity in the trend cycle, and more simple, pared-down and affordable pieces are being coveted over more ostentatious and expensive pieces. These are all tell-tale signs of economic uncertainty, which impact the fashion cycle and trends so, so much.”

If you want to lean into the quiet luxury vibes of this trend, we suggest opting for black, beige or cream and pairing it with a monochrome outfit in another neutral (or even matching). Or, if Y2K is more your vibe, wear the bag in a brighter color, like yellow or teal, with equally vibrant patterned dresses or T-shirts. And while most folks appear to be styling their Uniqlo bags as crossbodies, the strap is adjustable, so you can shorten it to better fit over your shoulder or tighten it around your hips as a belt bag.

P.S. Uniqlo’s It bag, understandably, keeps selling out, so if you just can’t wait for a restock, we found a few similar styles at LeSportsac ($95; $33),  Athleta ($59) and COS ($49) to help you get your fix.



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