What type of handbag is this?

I usually don’t care if I call a purse by its correct name, they are all purses after all. But trying to be in the fashion circles lately, I feel obligated to learn the difference between a tote and a satchel, a hobo bag and a messenger, so on and so on. So here is how you can look bag-smart:

TOTE 

A “tote” is a shopping bag getting its name from the verb for “carry/haul”. A tote can be a cloth bag used to do grocery shopping at Walmart or it can be a bag made by Burberry or Chanel. It is usually (and nothing is common in fashion) characterized by its large size and opening and square/rectangular shape.

Source: Atlantic-Pacific

HOBO 

The name source for this bag is interesting as well. It comes from its similarity to the piece of cloth hanging from a stick carried by hobos back in a day. As these shoulder bags are made of soft materials, they lack structure and tend to slouch.

Source: Net-A-Porter

SATCHEL 

Satchel bag – it comes from the french word for a small bag but I have seen satchels of all sizes. It usually has a wide flat bottom and two handles. Its variations include the Doctor’s bag and the Bowling bag.

SLING BAG

The Sling Bag has a long strap allowing it to rest on the lower back. It includes variations such as the saddle bag, the messenger bag, and the bucket bag.

Source : Mulberry

Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag

Source: Tory Burch

 

 

CUTE LITTLE BAGS

Minaudiere is a small evening bag adorned in pieces of jewels, beads or metals.

Lanvin Minaudiere Satin Shell Clutch
Holly Fulton ‘Africa’ Clutch Bag

Michael Kors
Source: ASOS

Baguette – relatively long small purse

FENDI
Marc Jacobs

8 Responses to What type of handbag is this?

  1. mamaartista says:

    Genial tu blog! espero que te pases por el mio y me cuentes que te parece.

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    L+

  2. Natasha says:

    I like this post, i would say i like the hobo style ones!

  3. The Chic Etoile says:

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  4. Lucie Srbová says:

    I need to buy a tote bag! I have a giveaway
    on my blog so feel free to join it:)

    http://stylewithoutlimits.blogspot.com/2012/02/first-giveaway.html

  5. Andrea says:

    awesome post dear! really great! i love the bag on the first pic 🙂

  6. Eclectico says:

    Thank you for your good wishes Teo, I am much better, I loved this post did not know anything about the categorization of the bags, I think the ones I like are the satchel, but I would love to have more envelopes

  7. Descontraidas says:

    I love the tote bag.Kisses and have a great week.

    http://www.descontraidas.com/

  8. Mica says:

    this is a really helpful guide to those new to purses!

    I love some of the pretty bags you used to illustrate your point too – lovely bag candy!

    awayfromtheblue.blogspot.com.au

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