25 Small Purses For Graduation To Store Everything You Need On The Big Day

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You've spent years in school, weeks picking out the perfect dress for graduation, and now you're realizing you need a purse that isn't your coffee-stained, homework-heavy old backpack. You want to stash your phone in between sending quick snaps to your friends (let's be real), your lipstick for quick touch-ups, and maybe some tissues for your mom — and probably yourself, because tears are coming.

Then again, you also don't want to take away from your dress (or your gown, for that matter) by having to lug around a big, bulky bag — but you need one, because juggling those items in your hands or pockets also isn't a great option. After all, how could you possibly throw your cap with a phone in your hand?

The solution? A small, adorable purse — big enough to hold the essentials, but not so big that it's going to get in the way of your special day.  Another benefit of the small purse is if loved ones give you cards you can have a place to put them, instead of setting them down on your chair or losing them. These are some of the best options available now.

1. Triple 7 Mini Crossbody Bag

Triple 7 Mini Crossbody Bag, $29, Urban Outfitters

This bag has a simple shape sure to keep all the attention on your outfit and your achievements.

2. Satin Mini Tote Bag

Satin Mini Tote Bag, $39, Urban Outfitters

Did somebody say satin? Not only is satin a spring trend, this sleek bag will look gorgeous at graduation.

3. Farrah Mini Crossbody Bag

Farrah Mini Crossbody Bag, $34, Urban Outfitters

This retro shape and adjustable strap would make a great addition to a soft floral print dress.

4. Faux Leather Tassel Crossbody

Faux Leather Tassel Crossbody, $12.90, Forver21

This affordable purse would pair great with a white dress or a boho look.

5. Mini Satchel Crossbody

Mini Satchel Crossbody, $17.90, Forever21

This mint bag is a great addition to a pastel look.

6. Mini Envelope Crossbody

Mini Envelope Crossbody, $12.90, Forver21

This romantic little envelop bag is a sweet way to carry your things.

7. LA Hearts Woven Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

LA Hearts Woven Faux Leather Crossbody Bag, $29.95, Pacsun

This purse can easily carry into festival season.

8. AEO Textured Crossbody Bag

AEO Textured Crossbody Bag, $12.49, American Eagle

This bag is half off and simple enough for graduation.

9. Rose A Question Woven Tasseled Clutch

Rose A Question Woven Tasseled Clutch, $29.13, GoJane

This clutch has an attached thin chain, perfect for throwing over your shoulder or under your gown.

10. Quilty Pleasures Crossbody Mini Bag

Quilty Pleasures Crossbody Mini Bag, $24.13, GoJane

This simple quilted crossbody is perfect for a spring graduation, and that play on words is so good.

11. Ring Together Faux Leather Clutch

Ring Together Faux Leather Clutch, $10.63, GoJane

This ring detail is so hot right now, and the lavender color makes it sweet enough for all your graduation plans.

12. Mini Cross Body Camera Bag

Mini Crossbody Camera Bag, $20.93, Express

The chain details make this bag edgy but simple.

13. Whipstitch Cellphone Crossbody Bag

Whipstitch Cellphone Cross Body Bag, $20.93, Express

This boho bag takes the chain embellishment and adds a modern western vibe.

14. Scarf Embellished Mini Barrel Satchel

Scarf Embellished Mini Barrel Satchel, $41.93, Express

This bag comes with a removable scarf and a removable cross body strap.

15. Twin City Vegan Crossbody

Twin City Vegan Crossbody, $30, Free People

This bag would fit perfectly under your graduation gown.

16. Hooked on Symphonics Clutch

Hooked on Symphonics Clutch, $49.99, Modcloth

This tiny delicate clutch is a great choice and comes with a small chain to carry the bag.

17. An Angled Web We Weave Bag

An Angled Web We Weave Bag, $29.99 Modcloth

If you want to add a pop of color to your outfit, this bag is sure to wow.

18. Elliott Lucca Zoe Camera Bag

Elliott Lucca Zoe Camera Bag, $47, Zappos

This bag is simple enough to wear to anything but the detailing on the top makes it stand out.

19. Vera Bradley Mini Hipster

Vera Bradley Mini Hipster, $48, Zappos

This flirty floral bag is perfect for a spring graduation.

20. Jessica McClintock Katie Tassel Shoulder Bag

Jessica McClintock Katie Tassel Shoulder Bag, $48, Zappos

These pastel tassels are a cute addition to a simple bag.

21. French Connection Ace Crossbody Clutch

French Connection Ace Crossbody Clutch, $54.99, Zappos

Want a sporty looking bag for graduation? This French Connection bag is your perfect graduation purse.

22. REED Flat Crossbody Bag

REED Flat Crossbody Bag, $23.99, Kohl's

Add a pop to a white dress or coordinate with your school colors with this REED flat bag.

23. Square Crossbody Bag

Square Crossbody Bag, $49.95, Nordstrom

This small black bag has a ring and tassel for a bit of movement.

24. Rowen Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Rowen Faux Leather Crossbody Bag, $49.95, Nordstrom

The cheery blush and peach tones of this bag make it ideal for spring and summer.

25. Ted Baker Gem Garden Small Icon Tote

Ted Baker Gem Garden Small Icon Tote, $45, Nordstrom

This floral glossy tote is a standout graduation bag, and would make a great grad gift as well.

No matter what bag you end up with at graduation, make sure you have a place to hold everything so you can focus on celebrating your accomplishments.