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A Complete Guide to the Different Types of Bags

A Complete Guide to the Different Types of Bags

Estimates show that an average American woman owns between 5 and 11 bags. Bags aren't just a tool used to carry around essential items from day to day, they have also evolved to become an often coveted fashion accessory.

For busy, modern women it is important to have many different purse options to choose from to suit their needs. But which one is the right one for you? Choosing a bag can be intimidating if you're not certain what you're looking for.

In this blog post, we'll detail the different types of bags available and their attributes. Want to know more about the different types of bags? Keep reading this blog post to discover further information on your bag options.


Wristlets are small types of bags with a strap attached to one end. This strap is commonly held by hand and worn with the strap around the wearer's wrist. Wristlets are compact and fashionable accessories that feature a zip-top closure.

A wristlet is ideal for wearing if you're going out for the evening and only want to take the bare essentials with you such as a cell phone, lipstick, keys, ID, and cash or credit cards. Wristlets are great for a lightweight and sleek look.


Crossbody bags are types of bags that feature a long diagonal strap. The purpose of this strap allows for the bag to be worn on the front of the body, as opposed to the side, the way most bags are worn. This provides extra security as the bag is always more visible and accessible to the wearer and hands-free.

The strap travels from one shoulder to the waist of the other side. Crossbody types of bags come in many different sizes and styles from flap closures to zippers and magnetic clasps. Crossbody bags are suitable for travel and exploration.

Shoulder Bag

A shoulder bag is a type of bag that has one or two straps long enough to wear over one shoulder. The reinforced straps help to carry the weight of the bag on the shoulder. 

Shoulder bags refer to the different types of bags that are designed for wear on one shoulder whereas other bags may be worn on the wrist, elbow, or be carried by hand. The size of shoulder bags can vary based on their primary use as everyday bags or special occasion bags. Shoulder bags also feature inner pockets for organizing items.

Hobo Bag

A hobo bag is a large bag that opens via one zippered opening in the middle. Hobo bags are any types of bag that feature a crescent-shaped design made from a flexible or soft material. A hobo bag gets its name because of its slouchy-looking appearance when it is set down.

Hobo bags also feature one long strap that is usually also made out of the same material as the rest of the bag. Hobo bags have a casual appearance for everyday wear and use, but they have also permeated the high-end fashion market. 

Weekender Bag

Among the types of bags, the weekender bag is a favorite fashion accessory and functional bag for travel. It gets its name by being the perfect sized bag for taking toiletries and a few changes of clothes for going away for a weekend trip. 

Weekender bags vary from duffle bags in that they have two handles for carrying and an open top. Whereas a duffle has one long crossbody strap and zips closed. 

A weekender bag is smaller than a traditional carry-on bag but larger than a backpack. It has a roomy interior. 

Messenger Bag

A version of crossbody types of bags, messenger bags have a long strap for wearing the bag across the front or the back of the body. Messenger bags also allow for hands-free access to the items inside with a front flap while storing them securely against the body. A messenger bag is made from sturdy materials like thick canvas and waterproof nylon.

It is sometimes larger than a women's handbag, but it is more durable and practical. Items such as laptops and tablets fit easily inside. A messenger bag can be used for commuters in busy urban areas who may rely on public transit.


The term handbag denotes the different types of bags used for carrying personal items. Handbags are also commonly referred to as purses in some regions. The two terms are often used interchangeably.

A handbag, as the name implies, includes handles for carrying the purse around in the hand. Handbags can range from medium to large in size and are constructed from various materials such as leather and canvas. They offer organization and functionality for everyday use and wear.

The size of the handbag may also depend on the size and the shape of the woman using them, as well as their personality. 

Tote Bags

Tote bags are one of the most versatile types of bags. It features two heavy-duty straps for easy carrying either on the shoulder or by hand. A tote bag has an open design for placing items inside of the bag.

A tote bag can be made of canvas or plastic for more casual everyday use. Tote bags can also be made of leather for a more stylish appearance.

Tote bags also have a variety of uses for casual wear. Their larger open design is multipurpose and is perfect for everyday use for shopping, going to the gym, or keeping larger items such as water bottles close by. 

Find the Beautiful and Quality Types of Bags That Speak to You at Jandy's

This is just a small sampling of the different types of bags. When choosing a bag, you want to find one that fits both your everyday lifestyle needs and your fashion tastes.

A handbag is an extension of the wearer and you want it to look its best so that you can also look your best. Ultimately, whatever types of bags you choose are up to you. 

Jandy's features beautiful upcycled canvas and leather Myra bags. These bags are quality, affordable, natural, and eco-friendly. Find your new bag or purse at Jandy's today.

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