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The growing sentiment among shoulder-bag makers: Bigger isn’t better. Designers have been pushing a smaller agenda for several seasons, a market response to consumer desires for a tidier look that, being less bulky, is also easy to wear.

Whether worn long on the side or cross-body (look, Ma — no hands!), the latest crop of these little beauties features plenty of embellishments: perky patchwork from Coach, Furla’s metal-studded, laser-cut leather, or a cheeky heart-shaped red python number by Saint Laurent, a memorable piece for creative director Hedi Slimane to sign off with.

For more of the season’s best accessories trends, check out tall boots, top-handle bags and chunky-heeled shoes.