Terminology for Handbags

What to Know About handbags – Terminology for Handbags

It is very easy to get lost in the beautiful jungle of handbags and it is always helpful to know about terminology of handbags. Here are some popular shapes of handbags:

Tote: An open-top bag with straps or handles.
Hobo Bag: A crescent-shaped shoulder bag. This style is often soft and slouchy.
Duffle Bag: A tall shoulder bag, often with a wider opening on top.
Field Bag: A flap-top shoulder bag with utility-type closure (buckles, snaps, etc).
Clutch: A small, handheld bag or a larger, geometric shape that is tucked under the arm or carried in your hand.
Satchel: A large, handheld bag. Many satchels are structured.
Baguette: Long and rounded shoulder bag resembling the namesake bread (and made famous by Fendi).
Messenger Bag: A large, soft shoulder bag one long strap worn across the body.
Cigar Box: No, it i snot cigar box, literally. This is a small, boxy, hard bag, also called a minaudiere.
Pouch: A soft, small bag.
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.
Crossbody: A bag — Crossbody is often mini in size — that is meant to be worn across the body on a long strap or chain.

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