Updated on October 12, 2022 by Sarina Tariq
Why do women love bags so much?
Interesting question, but like many interesting questions, this one also does not have a clear answer. Bags are such a craze for some that they are even willing to pay more than what it would cost for a car for owning some of those designer bags. And for the majority of us, a Bag is one accessory we cannot do without.
One errant theory for this bag love is that it is the competitive spirit of the women that makes them buy the one better and more costlier than the one on the arms of another girl. One theory says bags appeal to the aesthetic element in a women and boy, they are aesthetic! Read this article for more on this.
Whatever is your reason for buying a bag, its beauty combined with its functionality makes it a must-have accessory. Which is why there are so many kinds of bags- for each and every occasion you can have a different kind of bag. 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.
Please note that some of the bags overlap in their features and functionalities
1. Hand bag
This is the quintessential medium sized ladies bag every girl must own. This is a bag which can carry the essentials and still maintain the style quotient.
2. Hobo bag
This is a large bag made of soft materials with a slouchy shape. It is characterized by a crescent shape under the handle because of the way it slumps down when put down or carried. This bag has a distinct silhouette which marks it as a casual carry all.
3. Tote bag
This is a rectangular shaped bags made of stronger materials like canvas or leather ; It is ‘the-shopping-must-have’ for most girls. This bag has somewhat short-medium handles and is roomy enough for most all shopping that women does.
4. Duffle bag
This is a bag with flat sides and rounded sides and a top zip closure. It is a large roomy bag
5. Messenger bag
These are medium sized bags which have a flap on the front. It usually has a long strap and is worn cross body. Another name for this bags is courier bag. Check out this tutorial to make a simple and easy messenger bag
Wikipedia lists bookbag, kitbag, knapsack, pack, sackpack or backsack as alternate names for this bag ; it is a sturdy bag carried on the back of the body with two straps. There are large backpacks used for traveling and they are called rucksacks.
This is a rectangular bag with a flap that fastens in the front with a single or double buckle. Usually, they have a long strap and are hung low on the body
8. Doctor’s bag
This large bag was originally used by doctors to carry their supplies when they made house calls. They have a frame at the top and a flat bottom and are really roomy
9. Laptop Bag
As the name suggests it has compartments to carry a laptop and its accessories. It has a rectangular shape with small as well as longer handles for carrying the bag by the shoulders
10. Bucket bag
This is a bag which has a flat bottom, a drawstring closure and long handles, This medium-sized bag is casual in its appearance and is a fashion trend which has a carry-all cool appeal.
11. Bowler bag
This is a medium-sized bag with short handles; the bag has a distinct shape of a dome on the top; The name of the bag is inspired from the bowling ball bags
Wristlet is a small handbag with a short carrying strap resembling a bracelet. (Wikipedia).
A pouch is a small drawstring bag meant to carry small knickknacks. Check out the tutorial to make such a small gift pouch here.
You can also call a small flat purse with a zippered opening a zipper pouch as the one below- Check out the tutorial to make a simple zipper pouch here.
Clutch is a slim, flat handbag meant to be held in the hand, without handles or a strap
Check out this tutorial to make an easy-peasy purse like this.
15. Saddle bag
These are bags with a flap and long cross body straps; They look like the bags which used to be hung on the saddle of a horse, hence the name. Some saddle bags can be seen attached to bicycles/bikes
16. Beach Bag
Big waterproof bags made of plastic meant to be used to carry things to the beach
17. Shoulder bag
Also called sling bags in its small avatar, this is a bag that you hang on your shoulder. The satchel, saddle bag are shoulder bags
It is not strictly a bag ; this is a jeweled case which acts as a bag. They have a hinged frame and top closure. Usually, they are encrusted with beads, crystals and sometimes has a shoulder strap
19. Shopping/Grocery bag
The big shopping bag needs no introduction. They are usually made of cloth or plastic and can accommodate just about anything that you shop for
Check out the tutorial to sew an easy shopping bag.
20. Drawstring bag
These bags have a drawstring closure on the top; it could be a back pack or a pouch. Check out this tutorial to make a simple drawstring backpack
21. Make up bags
These are small bags with a zip closure; used to carry cosmetics. Learn how to make your own make up pouches here.
22. Foldover Bags
In this type of bag, the top of the bag folds over onto itself like a flap. The advantage of this bag is that it can be expanded at will with long straps.
23. Phone bag
This bag can carry only a phone or some knick knacks. Learn to make your own 3 types of phone pouches here.
24. Camera case bags
These are bags with compartments inside to carry the accessories that come with camera
25. Baguette bags
This is a small compact bag with a short strap, made famous by the brand Fendi. Baguette is a type of long and narrow bread ; this bag is named after this bread because of its shape
26. Barrel Bag
A large cylindrical bag ; also known as a gym bag. This bag comes in many sizes and can carry a lot
27. Basket Bag
These bags have a flat bottom and look like a basket
28. Fanny Pack
This is a small bag or pouch attached to a belt which is strapped to the waist. It is also called a belt bag or a bum bag
29. Kelly Bag
Leather bag which looks like a satchel with a special type of metal clasp in the front; it is usually used for business purposes. Hermes Kelly bag is very famous and one of the most coveted bags in the world
30. Lunch Bags
When you carry all these other bags, there is a practicality you should not forget – food. You need to carry around lunch to offices, colleges, picnics etc without messing up the insides of your other bags – in your very own lunch bag. You may prefer a fancy insulated cooler lunch bag with interior vinyl lining or simple ones made with fabric and nothing else.
Learn to make an easy lunch bag with pattern and tutorial – one which you can whip up in an hour or less
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