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To Have and To Hold (Part 1)

Updated: Aug 11

Did you know that handbags started out as a man’s accessory? Yep, you heard correctly. It is only in the 1900s that handbags began to be worn by women. Also, historically, handbags have functioned as symbols of power, status and beauty as well as for practical uses.


So, what should you consider when you are out shopping for this accessory? Over the next few posts, I will talk about the key factors that you should bear in mind when looking for your next handbag to ‘have and to hold’.

In the first instance, be sure to really consider the purpose of the bag that you are about to invest in. It might be for a specific occasion, whether leisure or formal. Either way, being clear about the bag’s use will ultimately help you determine the type of bag you are looking for.


Types of Bags

This list is by no means exhaustive. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types.

  1. Totes

They are usually rectangle in shape and range from shopping totes to executive style totes. The former, as its name suggests, are similar to shoulder bags but are larger and roomier for shopping purposes. The executive style totes are sleek and functional.

2. Crossbody Bags

This is an immensely popular type that makes life easier with its hands-free style which comes in handy when you are out and about. They can be circular or square in shape and usually have a zip or clasp fastening for closure.

3. Satchels

This type is like the crossbody bag but more specific in shape. They tend to be rectangular in shape with an envelope flap and a long singular or short strap (or both) along the top of the bag that makes it easier to grab when in a hurry

4. The Clutch

This type is perfect for night out or more formal occasions. They come in various options such as slouchy, beaded and boxy and suit every budget and personal style. This type is a nightmare for you ‘Kitchen Sink’ bag lovers because of its size

5. The Bucket

The name is earned from its elongated shape. This type is just perfect for those who cannot leave home without their kitchen sink. They are large bags with tons of storage making it functional as well as fashionable. The bucket bag often has a drawstring closure and a long crossbody strap.

Stay tuned for the next episode of ‘To Have and to Hold’ when we will look at other common types. Meanwhile, here is a question for you…

What is your favourite type and why?






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