Bag Glossary- Types of bags

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Bag Glossary. Sure you have a lot of bags in your closet, but can you name them all? There are many types, which fall under many different categories. For example, a top handle includes satchels, totes, a hobo bag, etc. But here, with this handy bag glossary, I’m trying to simplify your life with the mot common types of bags.

Let me know if I missed anything! And if you find this guide handy, let me know- is not like it’s a secret, or anything!


Betsey Johnson Leopard BackpackBetsey Johnson $68 at Macy’s

Backpacks are one of the most popular type of bas right now- and not just for school! If you don’t have one, you’re really missing out! They’re very roomy, great for when you need to be hands-free, and they come in really fun patters and prints.


Silver ClutchMissguided $28.48

Clutches are usually on the smaller side, though giant envelope-style clutches are a thing, like this one I wore earlier. They don’t have handles but they may include a chain for you to wear on your shoulder. Clutches are not very practical, since you have to carry them on your hand or under your arm, but they’re one of the chicest choice for evening, especially for formal events.

Cosmetics Case

cosmetics bagsSephora $18

This is not intended to be used as a clutch. Depending on the type and size exceptions can be made, but these are rare. Keep one in your purse with your everyday makeup so there’s no need to fish around your bag for your lip gloss.

Crossbody Bag

Sequin crossbody bagTopshop $48

Crossbody bags have a long strap for you to put across your chest, and they hang at the hip or lower. They include messenger bags, which have a thicker strap. These are great options for when you need full use of your hands- think concerts, or shopping.

Duffle bag

LeSportsac duffle bagLeSportsac $168, Zappos

Duffle bags have short handles and/or across-the-chest straps. They’re usually used for travel or hitting the gym.

Hobo Bag

Screenshot 2014-10-22 15.53.35River Island $64

Hobo bags are big and slouchy. They’re cute, modern and very trendy.  Opt for a bag in a neutral color so you can wear it with many different outfits in more relaxed occasions.


Minaudiereboohoo $40

Typically and evening bag but can now be seen during the day, though is not easy to pull off; you need a head-to-toe commitment to an outfit. Thought technically a clutch, the minaudière is different because it’s embellished and has a hard case.


Handbag GlossarySteve Madden SALE $53.99, at Macy’s

The satchel is similar to the messenger bag, with the longer strap you, along with shorter handles. It’s usually used for books and documents, but when a satchel looks this good, how do you not use at as an every day bag?


Handbag GlossaryNine West $79, 6 pm

Inspired by shopping bags, totes are a bigger, roomier shoulder or hand-held bag.  They have short handles and a perfect for the beach, school or work. Can be very casual or very fancy, though is not a good choice for a formal evening (when it comes to formal affairs, the clutch reigns supreme).

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