The ultimate guide to handbags
What bag to choose and when to wear it.
Just as with clothing, handbags are also subject to trends and seasons. However, one thing that differs is that you don’t need to have the same mindset regarding size and fit with handbags. Well, size might be an essential factor, but as far as fit goes, there isn’t as much to think about.
A classic will always be a classic and something you can use forever and ever. However, there are many classics to choose between when it comes to bags, and they come in a wide variety of colours, sizes, and materials. So we’ve put together a simple guide on the best handbags and when to wear them.
TOTE BAGS FOR EVERYDAY USE
The tote bag, also known as the shopper bag, could very well be the most versatile bag of them all. It’s one of those classics that you can use every day and for almost any situation. The only exception might be if walking the red carpet at the Oscars. And that doesn’t really count as an everyday occasion.
Most people have probably already heard about this style, but a tote bag is a simple medium to large bag with two parallel handles. The top is usually, but not always, unbuttoned, and its combination of sheer size and effortless cool makes it a top choice for many fashionistas.
The options are endless when it comes to tote bags. Opt for a tote in suede or leather to make it luxurious. On the other hand, canvas tote bags will make a good companion for most everyday settings and casual business settings where you need to bring your laptop and other essentials.
CROSSBODY BAGS FOR THE WOMAN ON THE GO
Crossbody bags are usually on the smaller side with a longer strap, making it possible to wear the bag across your body (hence its name). The shoulder and cross-body bags have become one of today's most popular styles due to their incredible versatility as they work equally well for everyday settings, when going to work, or for a night out on the town.
As with most bags, you’ll quickly notice that there are plenty of options to consider when researching cross-body bags. They can be plain black, with handles in anything from gold chains to a simple leather imitation handle, and then we haven’t even started talking about the various shapes and materials.
To keep it short and sweet, these bags come in all sorts of shapes and materials. The only thing they all have in common is what we mentioned above, they are a tad bit smaller than many other bags, and they come with a long handle. That’s also where the similarities for this type of bags end.
There isn’t “one rule for them all” for crossbody bags. It’s more up to what you like and how well you want it to match the rest of your style. For example, a plain black shoulder bag is an excellent and straightforward everyday choice. However, if you want something more casual that you can bring for lunch by the beach, you might instead want to opt for a shoulder bag in braided straw.
On the other hand, if you’re all dressed up for a night out on the town, a glittery shoulder bag will make a perfect evening companion. So, think about the occasion and personal preference when picking your crossbody bag.
POUCH BAGS ARE A TRUE PARTY STAPLE
When you’re getting ready for a late-night or a big event such as a wedding, there is one bag that should be on everyone’s mind. We’re, of course, talking about the classic and chic pouch bag.
These bags are small in size but still big enough to fit everything you need to bring when going out for a drink with friends. In addition, most pouch bags have either a small strap that you can have around the wrist or a longer strap to carry it on your shoulder, so you don’t risk losing the bag when showing off your moves on the dancefloor.
As these bags are a must-have for parties, you should consider picking a pouch bag that feels festive. So go for a bag that adds some extra pizzazz to your outfit. Think silver, glitter, and anything else that will make your bag stand out as a shining star.
PACK A STYLISH WEEKEND BAG WHEN GOING ON A CITY BREAK
A nice weekend bag is our top choice when leaving the town for a quick getaway with friends or a loved one. They’re stylish and big enough to carry everything you need for a well-deserved city break.
There is, of course, the option of a carry-on suitcase, but they are quite honestly often clunky and not something we prefer to bring with us for a short trip. With a weekend bag, you’ll be able to pick it up and carry it on your shoulders instead. A simple and much more stylish choice, according to us.
Weekenders, as they’re also dubbed, are usually made in nylon, canvas, or a luxurious leather imitation or suede. You can find small compartments for keys and other essential accessories that you don’t want to lose inside the bag. Simply put, a great choice to bring when leaving for the weekend.
HOBO BAGS ARE A PROPER WORKHORSE
Hobo bags is a term that dates back to the end of the 19th century when the homeless rode freight trains, carrying their belongings in a bindle with a stick. Nowadays, many people believe that it’s time to update the term as these bags are often considered luxury items. They were, for example, often seen in the popular series Sex and the City, and there’s absolutely nothing hobo about that show, but nevertheless, the name of the bag remains.
Hobo bags of today are often made of a flexible material, and when carrying them, they get their signature slouchy “hobo posture”. This bag works equally well for work, meeting up with friends, and late-night dinners. In other words, it can be considered somewhat of a workhorse among bags.
We recommend picking a hobo bag in a luxurious material, such as black or white imitation leather, as this makes them easy to wear for all of the occasions mentioned above. As the saying goes, it’s better to be overdressed than undressed, and the same principle goes for hobo bags.