The bag as an accessory and the terminology of handbags

Whatever is your reason for buying a bag, its beauty, combined with its functionality makes it a must-have accessory. This is why there are so many kinds of bags for every occasion, so you need a terminology for handbags. So even if I am not a competitive woman or a particularly aesthetic one, I would like to have the best of all of these and then some.

Here are some popular bag shapes

  • The tote: An open-top bag with straps or handles.
  • The hobo bag: A crescent-shaped shoulder bag. This style is often soft and slouchy.
  • The duffle: A tall shoulder bag, often with a wider opening on top.
  • The field bag: A flap-top shoulder bag with utility-type closure (buckles, snaps, etc.).
  • The clutch: A small, handheld bag or a larger, geometric shape that is tucked under the arm or carried in your hand.
  • The satchel: A large, handheld bag. Many satchels are structured.
  • The baguette: Long and rounded shoulder bag resembling the namesake bread (and made famous by Fendi).
  • The messenger bag: A large, soft shoulder bag one long strap is worn across the body.
  • The cigar box: A small, boxy, hard bag, also called a minaudiere.
  • The pouch: A soft, small bag.
  • The Kelly bag: A classic Hermes style named after Grace Kelly; a large, structured handbag with distinctive hardware closures — it’s so unique it has its own category.
  • The crossbody bag: A bag — often mini in size — that is meant to be worn across the body on a long strap or chain.

Written by Elena Taylor