A Complete Guide To Bags

A Complete Guide On Everyday bags

Baguette Bag

Baguette Bag

The baguette (bag) is a small handbag that is relatively long from side to side but small from top to bottom. It has a short strap to be carried in hand or over the shoulder. Designed by Fendi in 1997 and popularised by its exposure on the TV series Sex and the City, the baguette was very popular in the late 1990s, and early 2000s often cited as the first “It” bag.

Although the baguette does not fit much more than everyday essentials, it is the perfect bag for when you don’t have much to carry.

Canteen Bag

Canteen Bag

Designed initially with spouts at the top and used to carry drinking water, modern canteen bags are the perfect combination of sophisticated and bohemian.

They have an unexpected yet structured, circular shape and a long, multi-functional strap to cross over the body like a cross-body bag.

Typically made out of leather, they also come in woven basket form. Canteen bags are great for everyday use.

Hobo Bag

Hobo Bag

A hobo bag is a large; shoulder carried a bag with a main compartment closure. It is characterized by a crescent shape, a slouchy posture, and a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. It is called a hobo bag because it resembles the shape of the bindle on a stick that hobos are portrayed as carrying over their shoulders in illustrations.

Hobo bags are made of soft, flexible materials (mainly leather) and tend to slouch when set down. These handbags are casual but stylish and go well with relaxed, everyday outfits – although more sophisticated styles for office wear are also available.

Doctor Bag

Doctor Bag

Flat-bottomed with rounded sides, slightly elongated, and with two large handles over a collapsible metal frame, the doctor bag is named after the medical bag it resembles.

Trapeze Bag

Trapeze Bag

The trapeze bag is characterized by two flared gussets at either side of the bag and a flap front. It was invented by the French luxury company Céline.

The Céline Trapeze is one of the most famous pieces from the eponymous line. It is now discontinued, but second-hand bags are still available. The bag was produced in multiple colors and materials.

Although it was never Céline’s biggest success story during its heyday, the trapeze bag has enjoyed sustained popularity.

Bowling Bag

Bowling Bag

Typically crafted from leather to give it stability, the bowling bag emerged in the 1920s, originally to carry the heavy bowling balls to the lanes.

Soon moving into the fashion world, the bowling bag is an oblong, roundish, medium-sized bag, with top handles and often with a removable strap to be worn around the body.

Messenger Bag

Messenger Bag

A messenger bag has a long strap to be worn across the body and is meant to be worn against the lower back, then pulled around to the side or front to access the bag’s contents.

This makes them ideal for wearing while walking or riding a bike. This is where they originated, from their use by bike couriers. Buckles, clasps, and zippers are commonly used to protect the contents.

Traditionally, a messenger bag will have a weather-proof exterior such as waxed canvas, but they can also be found in leather.

Satchel

Satchel

A satchel has a flat bottom, and the back extends to form a flap that folds over to cover the top and fastens in the front. It may come with a top carry handle and always has a strap that is worn so that it diagonally crosses the body, with the bag hanging on the opposite hip rather than hanging directly down from the shoulder.

A centuries-old accessory of English students, satchels are traditionally used for carrying books. But unlike a briefcase, a satchel is soft-sided. This is the perfect bag for carrying heavier items.

Shopper Bag

Shopper Bag

The shopper bag is a rectangular, single-handled bag without any fastenings. Due to its characteristics, it is ideal for shopping – hence its name.

Shoppers are mainly made of heavy canvas, dyed, or treated to resist moisture and mold. They may also be made of jute, heavy nylon, and other easy-care synthetics, although these are not as durable as a canvas.

Easily foldable and very lightweight, this is the perfect bag for your grocery shopping.

Tote Bag

Tote Bag

A tote bag is a large, spacious, and often unfastened bag with double handles that emerge from the sides of its pouch.

The stylish tote bag emerged from the original canvas shopper bag into a large leather bag. It may come with fastenings or may be open, but nowadays tote refers to a large leather bag.

An easy bag for everyday wear, a tote is appropriate for a long day at the office and after-work drinks. It can be styled in many different ways. And made for tucking under an arm, a tote is convenient to carry if you’re walking around or carrying multiple items simultaneously.

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