They're barely big enough to hold a checkbook. Some are so small, you'd think they were made for Barbie-collecting 7-year-olds. They're this season's new handbags -- big on style, tiny in size.
How small is small? Five inches by 7 inches, about the size of a videocassette.
They come in chunky, hard, geiometric shapes, looking a little like sand pails, vanity cases and miniature barrels.
"They're inspired by the structured bags of the early '60s," said Beth Wetzel, a handbag buyer for Nordstrom stores.
How can women adjust to little bags? Ms. Wetzel suggests paring down the contents of a bag to a few itims -- a small coin purse, credit cards, lipstick, keys and ID case.