Wednesday, 22 July 2015

HS01 - Types of Handbags

      " I want my handbags and my shoes to be stylish but I want to make sure that they are versatile. I travel and I have to make sure the pieces I put into my bag can go with a dress or with shorts or jeans." - Maria Sharapova

Kicking off the handbag series (HS) with the first post 01 hence HS01.

Handbags are a crucial item when it comes to an outfit. Different handbags go with different outfits and for different occasions. The right pairing comes in handy in nailing the style game. You will not be caught dead carrying a tote to an evening party. The saying that image the world is your runway should come to mind.. Getting dressed and imagining that there will be cameras on the streets and your outfit will be dissected by one or more columnists of various magazines. This is what I do everyday.

Kicking off with the basics:

1. The Backpack
This is a bag that lies on the wearer's back and is supported by the shoulders. It is a perfect bag to take along to school, a walk, or a picnic.

2. The Tote bag
This is a large structured bag with two straps and an open top. The straps can be short or a bit long in length. This can be carried to the office where the dress code is not too strict(ensure the colors are not too popping), it can also be carried to a meet up with the girls or an outdoor event.

3. The bucket bag
This is a deep bag with an open top and a long strap. It can be carried for an outdoor and laid back meet up/event.

4. Hobo bag

This is a spacious crescent-shaped, or just large, shoulder bag with a main compartment . This can be carried to school or to run errands.

5. Bowler bag
These are bags that were used to carry bowling balls in the 90's.The bag is perfect for the office and also perfect for a weekend meet up like brunch with the girls or running errands(for the long strapped ones).

6. Messenger bag
  This is a bag with a long strap to be worn across the body that winds around the chest resting the bag on the lower back. Materials used in messenger bags are often more durable and water-resistant than traditional bags. These can be carried to school or to run errands.

7.  Clutch bag
This is a small but long (rectangular) evening bag without a handle(you have to clutch it).
Perfect for evening events.

8. Envelope bag
A flat rectangular/square bag that is thin with a triangular top flap that folds like an envelope. Can be used like the clutch. More of a day clutch.

9. Satchel bag
This is a medium sized bag with a long handle. In most cases the satchel is structured. It has locking hardware and has a flat bottom. Great for running errands. And a road trip too.

10. Sling bag
This is a bag similar to a messenger bag but a bit smaller.

11.Shopper bag
This is a wide bag with strong straps that can withstand a lot of weight. Perfect for taking along to the market or to the beach or road trips.

12.Minaudiere bag
This is a small structured clutch that is hard bodied and embezzled with pieces of metal, precious stones or beads. Perfect for red carpet events.

13.  Purse
This is a small bag, used to carry money, cards, make up or other small necessities. There are many types of purses, differing in shape and size. This would be perfect for a trip to the restaurant or a semi formal dinner.
14. Wristlet
This is a small kind of a purse with a short sling that you can slide through your wrist and also clutch it. It is good for carrying essentials when running errands and not in the need of carrying heavy stuff.

Bonus bag:
The Handbag Organizer
This is an essential especially for the woman who does not have time to transfer all things she has in one bag to another when it's time for a change. You have all your essentials in the organizer and all you need to do is move it from one bag to another. A great plus ensuring you don't lose or forget anything during the move. 

I hope this is helpful to you and you will not be carrying the wrong bag to the wrong occasion.  
This is only the start. Keep it here to see what bag suits what body type. 

PS:  Images acquired from the internet.

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