12 Cute (And Practical!) Mini Backpacks

Meet summer's MVP.
12 Cute (And Practical!) Mini Backpacks

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Tiny bags may be adorable (who doesn't like miniature things?), but they're not exactly practical. (We're looking at you, Jacquemus.) While we're not lugging around as much stuff as we once did now that many of us are working from home, size does matter when it comes to handbags. A good one should at least fit your phone, hand sanitizer, a spare mask and maybe even a bottle of water and a snack. That's why we're calling it now—mini backpacks will be summer's MVP.

Roomy enough for all your essentials, this downsized childhood staple is perfect for every occasion. Try it and you'll see—there's something liberating about going hands-free and giving the crook of your elbow or your right shoulder a break with a purse that can be slung on your back.

From a multifunctional pick with interchangeable straps to one that doubles as a cooler for your picnic, we've rounded up the cutest mini backpacks to shop this summer.


This colourful little number by Montreal-based brand Lambert comes with interchangeable straps, so it can be worn as a backpack, a crossbody or a handbag. Inside, a key clip and roomy pockets keep your belongings organized.

Mini Multifunctional Backpack, $125,

Lambert Mini Multifunctional Backpack


For a look that will never go out of style, opt for this downsized version of Herschel's classic Nova backpack in a rosy hue.

Nova Mini Backpack, $60,

Herschel Nova Mini Backpack


Handmade in Quebec using high-quality Italian leather suede, this chic option bis a sleek take on a classic silhouette.

Small Suede Backpack, $299,

Veinage Small Suede Backpack


Made from sturdy recycled polyester, Everlane's small backpack comes in four colours, including this refreshing zesty hue that's perfect for hot summer days.

Mini Backpack, $67,

Everlane Mini Backpack

Matt & Nat

With its sculptural shape and sky-blue hue, this vegan leather backpack lends a sophisticated touch to any outfit. 

Mini Backpack, $120,

Matt & Nat Mini Backpack


Made in Toronto from a soft 3D knit material and finished with leather straps, this circular bucket backpack makes a statement whether you take it to work or to the park.

3D Knit Backpack, $328,

Hoibo 3D Knit Backpack


Tiny and sweet, the mini version of Lululemon's bestselling City Adventurer style features an easy-access pocket and an adjustable shoulder strap that allows you to wear it crossbody.

Micro Backpack, $78,

Lululemon Micro Backpack


This bag's laid-back slouchy construction is offset by its classic black-and-white gingham pattern.

Nylon Backpack, $30,

H&M Nylon Backpack


Made from a thick jacquard material and embellished with bows on each side, this feminine design gives off romantic vibes.

Jacquard Backpack, $70,

Zara Jacquard Backpack

Joe Fresh

Are you more of a minimalist? This Joe Fresh backpack is perfectly streamlined, with just a subtle front pocket detail.

Flat-Pocket Backpack, $34,

Joe Fresh Flat Pocket Backpack


A backpack, a tote and a mini cooler all in one, this sturdy cotton bag was designed for days at the beach.

Canvas Wine Cooler Backpack Tote, $35,

Oui Canvas Wine Cooler Backpack Tote

Call It Spring

A rounded silhouette in a cheery yellow hue will have you walking on sunshine all summer long. 

Faux Leather Backpack, $45,

Call It Spring Faux Leather Backpack


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