Handbags have been in existence basically since the beginning of mankind. However, designer handbags have only been around for roughly 150 years. During this time, several styles have evolved making it confusing for many people to tell the difference in all of the various types. With names such as “barrels” that make us think of farm equipment and “hobos” that bring to mind the man living under the nearby overpass, it is easy to see why so many people are baffled. To help ease the confusion, here is a list of the most popular designer handbag types to help you along the next time you find yourself in a fashion dilemma.
Since it has already been mentioned, let’s properly introduce the barrel. This type of bag features a long body with a round frame and handles that are long enough to be worn over the shoulder. A great example of this type of designer handbag would be the Burberry Nova Check Boston Bag. Adorned in the classic Nova check pattern, this bag is the essence of the uber chic barrel bag.
Next is the previously mentioned hobo. This bag is one of the most popular designer handbag types available with every fashion designer having one in their collection. These bags are defined by their oval or crescent shape and feature a strap that is just long enough to fit over the shoulder. They are made of soft, flexible materials that allow for a slouchy look. A perfect example of this type of bag would be the Salvatore Ferragamo Patent Braided Hobo. Shining in black patent leather, this bag has a unique touch with its braided shoulder strap.
The satchel is a fashionista must-have. They are large-bodied bags with large handles on them that can be worn over the shoulder or in the crook of the arm. These popular purses began as bags for doctors, but have since become a staple in the designer handbag world. There is no better example of a satchel than the Yves Saint Laurent Muse. It comes in many colors and fabrics, making it a perfect go-to bag for any occasion.
The tote is another designer handbag staple. This type of bag features a rectangular body with straps that can be worn over the shoulder or carried by hand. Totes typically come in medium to large sizes. Most people prefer to carry them during the summer months or while shopping, which is where they have earned their alias known as the shopping bag. The Fendi Zucca Shopping Tote is the embodiment of a tote with its large body and top-closure.
Next on the list is the messenger bag. This type of designer handbag is most often preferred by a younger crowd or the chic businessman. It features a large body, but it is most recognized by its extra long straps that span across the wearer. They start on one shoulder and cross the body with the bag ending at the hip on the other side. They are perfect for carrying books to class or important documents for a business meeting. The Gucci Messengers Crystal Collection is an impeccable illustration of a messenger with its long strap and large, rectangular body.
The last designer handbag style that everyone should know is the clutch, and no, it is not something that helps you shift gears in a 5-speed. It is actually an elegant evening bag that can be worn to the most extravagant of affairs. They are usually rectangular in shape and they contain no handles, which formed the origin of their name because the wearer must clutch it. They are a vary small purse that allows for only a few basic essentials such as a cell phone and lipstick to be carried. A sassy version of the clutch is the Yves Saint Laurent Muse Clutch in leopard. It features the classic long body and has a flap closure on top.
Every fashionista needs to know the difference in the types of designer handbags available and a true fashionista should own at least one of every kind. While this can be an expensive venture, there are online stores such as Queen Bee of Beverly Hills that help the budget-conscious ladies stay stylish. Now that you know the difference in all of the most popular designer handbag types, shopping should be less confusing and even more enjoyable!