When I was 16 years old, I took college summer courses before my senior year in high school, and to this day I remember this girl from my dorm who was 6’+ tall and built like a redwood, who happened to wear the tiniest mini-backpack on a near daily basis. This was in pre-smartphone days (dating myself, much?), and I doubt an iPhone 5 would have even fit in this thing, leaving it with no purpose other than to serve as a sort of portable projection device that made her look 3x as enormous in comparison to its anemic scale.
“Too small” isn’t a particularly reassuring phrase when it comes to almost anything, from clothing to shoes, to… you get the picture. However, much like recently imported Latvian tween models, accessories are and have been taking a turn for the undersized (no doubt as a result of the 1990s bug that’s going around). The key to making this look work is being sure your ironically small purse isn’t so small that it takes you 2 yards of fabric and 3 zippers just to lug 2 Tic Tacs and a penny around—see that the bag weighs less than its contents.
Every proper fashion troll, from Ravrs (tumblr ravers) to hippies to middle schoolers, needs a mini-backpack this season, like this one from the aspirationally named Lazy Oaf. It will look great with this summer’s cutoffs and crop tops, but I’ll wear mine with a comically oversized silhouette as an homage to my old dorm buddy.