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The Different Types of Women's Fashion Handbags

The Different Types of Women's Fashion Handbags

Did you know that people spend almost $50 billion every year on handbags?

While many may think that you only need one handbag, the truth is that handbags can pull an entire outfit together. In this way, many people view handbags as extensions of the outfit itself. This is why most women have around 5 to 10 different handbags in their closets.

Handbags range in both size and style. With so many different types of handbags on the market, picking the right one has never been more important. To help you find your next handbag, it can be beneficial to go through some of the most popular options.

Interested in learning more about women’s bags? You’ve found the right blog. Here’s everything you need to know about fashion handbags and how to choose one.

Tote Bags

If you’re looking for something durable and versatile, look no further than the classic tote bag. This bag comes with two heavy-duty straps on either side so that you can carry it on your shoulder or in your hand.

These kinds of bags are very popular for casual, everyday use. The bag has only one pouch, allowing you to carry whatever you need easily. This simple design also makes it easy to find things that you carry around in a tote bag.

Tote bags come in various colors, themes, and styles. This makes it the perfect item to add a dash of color to your entire outfit. There are even some tote bags made from leather. This allows for a classier look to the bag.

Shoulder Bags

As one of the most popular kinds of handbags, the shoulder bag is designed to safely store everything you need throughout the day. These bags are versatile but are created with loads of pockets to keep things organized.

Shoulder bags can have either one or two straps. Shoulder bags with one strap connect each end of the bag so that you can comfortably carry the bag on your shoulder. Two-strap bags come with additional handles that you can carry on your forearm if you want to.

Shoulder bags can be made of quite a few different materials. While the most popular options are made of leather, there are some beautiful bags made from canvas and polyester.

Sling Bag

If you’re looking for something compact and stylish, the sling bag may be the best choice for you. This kind of handbag is much smaller than the shoulder bag but has enough space for your phone, wallet, and cosmetics.

This bag is held together by a single sling. This sling is perfect for carrying the bag on your shoulder or across your body. What makes sling bags special is the material that the sling is made from. In most cases, the sling is made from lightweight metal. This adds to the overall appearance of the bag, making it a fashionable accessory to any outfit.

Weekender Bags

Weekender bags are some of the largest bags you can get. These bags are designed to carry clothes along with your other essentials. Weekender bags tend to resemble a shoulder bag but are much bigger. These bags are still carried over your shoulder, so they can come in fashionable colors and themes.

These kinds of bags can be made of cotton, polyester, canvas, and even leather. While leather is the most expensive option, it’s often the most popular. This is because leather tends to last a lot longer than other materials.

Some weekender bags are partitioned inside, while others are simply left open. This makes it similar to a tote bag. However, weekender bags don’t remain open but rather come with either a top zip or button to keep your items secure.


Wristlets are small bags that are built with a strap on one end of the bag. This strap is designed specifically for you to put your hand through to securely hold onto the bag. These bags are small, with space only to hold your phone and essential cosmetics.

There are a few different wallets available with wrist straps added to them for added security. These kinds of bags can vary in both size and style. While the most popular options are made of leather, they can be made of other sustainable materials as well.


Wallets come in all shapes and sizes. While many other women’s bags can be used as a wallet, everyone needs a good quality wallet. These bags are compact in nature with designated space for cards, change, cash, and identity cards.

These bags come in different sizes, with the most popular wallets doubling as phone cases. This allows you to keep your essential cards with you at all times.


If you’re looking for the space of a shoulder bag but need something a bit classier for work, the satchel is made just for you. This kind of bag looks and feels just like a shoulder bag. However, these bags are made from premium materials and are designed to have enough space to carry tablets and laptops.

In this way, satchels are perfect for the working woman who does not want to have to carry both a handbag and a laptop bag for their devices. Satchels come in a few different sizes, with larger options coming with distinct slots for both a laptop and tablet.

There are also a few tech-savvy satchels available with built-in battery packs to charge your devices while you carry them around. 

Hobo Bag

A hobo bag is a large bag that has a zip or center button closing it on the top. While these bags look similar to shoulder bags, they have a distinctly different design. While shoulder bags are designed to be horizontal and rectangular, hobo bags are designed to be rounder.

These kinds of bags are larger than most other handbags and have a modern look to them. Despite being slouchy when sat down, modern hobo bags use solid pieces of leather to create a uniform color and look to the entire bag.

Cross Body

Cross-body bags are small bags that are designed to be carried across your body. These bags have long straps that are made of canvas or leather. This kind of bag comes in a wide range of sizes and styles. Some come with flap closures, while others can be zipped closed.

These kinds of bags are very popular for travelers as you can keep your money and important documents close to your body at all times. The compact nature of this bag makes it a safer option.


Purses are generally larger wallets designed to keep only your essentials. This means the bag is big enough to hold your keys, phone, and bank cards. While some people will hold their purse in their hands, others will place their purse into their shoulder bag when moving around.

In this way, you can use your purse as a big wallet. As a wallet, purses are very effective. This is because of the size and shape. Most purses are rectangular in shape and are as thick as a clutch. It’s so similar to a clutch that you can use your purse as a clutch if you ever need to.


If you’re looking for something small and classy for an event, your best bet is to go with a clutch. A clutch is a small bag that sometimes comes with a sling attached to it. These bags are designed to be carried in your hand and are therefore one of the sleekest bags you can get.

These bags are generally made from leather or hardened materials. This is because most people will hold the bag in their hands. If the materials were soft, you would be able to feel the items inside your bag as you hold them. This would also cause the clutch to change shape, making it less classy to take with on special occasions. 

Different Types of Handbags

While we have covered the basics when it comes to handbags, there are tons more options to choose from. When choosing the perfect accessory, it’s important to take your time to look through the different types of handbags. Finding the right handbag can help bring your entire outfit together.

Next time you’re looking for a high-quality handbag, look no further than Jandy’s. With a wide range of styles, you’re sure to find something unique. Feel free to browse our latest handbags directly on our website.

If you have any questions or want more information about our offerings, contact us today.