The terminology of handbags

The bag as an accessory and the terminology of handbags

Whatever is your reason for buying a bag, its beauty, combined with its functionality makes it a must-have accessory. This is why there are so many kinds of bags for every occasion, so you need a terminology for handbags. So even if I am not a competitive woman or a particularly aesthetic one, I would like to have the best of all of these and then some.

Here are some popular bag shapes

  • The tote: An open-top bag with straps or handles.

  • The hobo bag: A crescent-shaped shoulder bag. This style is often soft and slouchy.

  • The duffle: A tall shoulder bag, often with a wider opening on top.

  • The field bag: A flap-top shoulder bag with utility-type closure (buckles, snaps, etc.).

  • The clutch: A small, handheld bag or a larger, geometric shape that is tucked under the arm or carried in your hand.

  • The satchel: A large, handheld bag. Many satchels are structured.

  • The baguette: Long and rounded shoulder bag resembling the namesake bread (and made famous by Fendi).

  • The messenger bag: A large, soft shoulder bag one long strap is worn across the body.

  • The cigar box: A small, boxy, hard bag, also called a minaudiere.

  • The pouch: A soft, small bag.

  • The 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.

  • The crossbody bag: A bag — often mini in size — that is meant to be worn across the body on a long strap or chain.