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Fashion Friday: Ultimate handbag vocabulary – 8 must-have handbag types for every woman

Handbags are among the most functional, hard-working accessories in our closet. They hold all our day-to-day items, shielding our valuables and not-so valuables and in most cases, they help complete our fashion statement.

No! You are not allowed to use just any handbag for any kind of occasion. There is etiquette when it comes to the use of bags.

When people go for bag shopping they are often confused on what to buy. Some people even go all out to get just any type, probably because they do not know the use.

I understand the pain when it comes to picking a bag; there are so many choices, with diverse prices and in every fabrication and colour known to womankind, it’s almost overwhelming to understand what is and isn’t worth our money.

Fret no more, you are on the right page. In this article, I shall put you through on the various types of bags and their uses.


Here’s a guide to the only eight types of handbags you’ll ever need.

Thank me now, I just made your fashion life better.

1. Clutch


A clutch is a simply classy, elegant type of handbag. Minus the fact that the bag is too small to contain so many items, it is pure sophistication. It should be carried for dinners, wedding and top-notch events.

2. The Weekender


Get set to travel in style! Whether you’re in need of a chic carry-on or headed for a weekend trip, the weekender/duffle bag is your new best friend—and also the perfect companion to your luggage or suitcases. Have fun with patterns or keep it simple with neutrals.

3. Shoulder Bag


The shoulder bag, casual bag or everyday bag, whatever name you give to them are the most functional bag of them all. They can be used to work, church and almost every outing. And it has its own variants. They are big and fit in all your bare necessities, because – let’s face it – we practically carry a mini supermarket anyway. Just do it in style.

4. Tote bag


Bring structure into your life with a tote bag. Big enough to literally carry all, the tote is perfect to wear to work and take you into the weekend. It has its carry-all advantage plus style versatility

5. Just for Fun


The quirky bag. It can be any shape or structure you choose, really. .This types of bags can be taken to the beach, shopping.

5. Cross-body


Not too big, not too small. Defined by a long strap that can be worn across the body, crossbody bags are just the right size for holding on-the-go essentials while keeping hands free for managing daily errands with ease.

6. The Iconic Bag


Quilted bags are considered iconic, and there are some chic branded ones that people dream of buying. If you have been thinking of investing in a bag and do not own one of these, go for it. Chanel, Prada, and Hermes have some of the best-quilted bag options and an investment like this will go a long way. Bags like these add to your style statement and amp up your overall look.

7. Satchel bags


Satchels are perfect for working women – they hit the sweet spot between being an everyday handbag and a laptop bag. With this, you don’t have to carry two bags. It can fit in all your basics, plus your gadgets too. But, remember to invest in a bag that is sturdy and of good quality – these need to last longer, so you cannot afford anything sloppy!


8. Backpack


Backpacks are super comfortable are can be used by everybody – working professionals, travellers, hikers and, most of all, students. They are usually big enough to contain so many things at a time, and also come in different brands, shapes and colours


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