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Have you ever stepped into your favourite boutique & felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of types of handbags available? From the classic shoulder bags to the less common top handle bags, we hope this article helps broaden your knowledge of the wonderful world of designer handbags.  


Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton NéoNoé MM - M54370

(Louis Vuitton NéoNoé MM - M54370)

Starting off with something familiar, do you know what makes a shoulder bag a shoulder bag? 

A quintessential in every collection, a handbag is considered a shoulder bag when it has at least one strap that is long enough to fit over the shoulder allowing it to be used hands-free. 

Shoulder bags are typically medium sized and have multiple compartments via zippers, snap closures, drawstrings, etc., making them an excellent choice if you are looking for a bag which allows you to organise your items neatly.  


Crossbody Bags

Chanel Medium Boy Bag

(Chanel Medium Boy Bag)

A favourite for those going for a more casual look, let us look at crossbody bags next!  

As its name suggests, a crossbody bag has an attached strap & is designed to be worn diagonally across the body, allowing it to be used hands-free like shoulder bags.  

Crossbody bags are generally small to medium sized & have a zipper or snap closure to keep your items secure. 


Tote Bags

Chanel Cerf Tote

(Chanel Cerf Tote)

Simple yet versatile, tote bags are the go-to for those looking for a daily bag to fit all their items effortlessly & which can be worn to various settings without feeling out of place. 

Tote bags are characterised as medium to large-sized bags with two parallel handles, allowing them to be slung over the shoulder or held by hand.  

Tote bags are typically unfastened at the top & have a few compartments with a large amount of storage space, perfect for going shopping with! 


Clutch Bags

Louis Vuitton Trunk Clutch - M43596

(Louis Vuitton Trunk Clutch - M43596)

On days when you are travelling light, picking up your favourite clutch might just be your best choice.  

Clutch bags are identified by their small & typically strapless design and are only used to carry essential items for the day such as your phone, credit cards, etc., 

Some designs of clutch bags come with short thin straps to make them easier to carry whilst strapless clutch bags are handheld or clutched in between the wearer’s arm & body. 


Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Capucines MM

(Louis Vuitton Capucines MM)

A vintage-inspired style of handbags that has become increasingly fashionable in recent years, top handle bags are the perfect choice for a mix of chic & functionality.  

Top handle bags are designed to be carried on the crook of the arm or handheld via its short handle. Some designs also include a removable long strap which allows it to be carried on the shoulder.  

They are typically small to medium-sized handbags with multiple compartments for item organization, just the right type of bag for a relaxing weekend out. 


Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, style is a personal thing. When choosing a bag, it all depends on your personal style, the items you need to carry for the day & a plethora of other factors. What matters most is that YOU like the bag & it works for YOU.

Worst case scenario, you can get multiple bags. Wait...that does not sound bad at all!


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May 26, 2022