Jun 23, 2016

If you consider yourself a fashionista or are aiming to meet that mark, there are certain items you must have in your closet and these are not just limited to shoes and clothing items. There are a number of handbag staples that you should have in your closet and should have at least one.

Handbags at their most basic form are just simple pouches that women use to carry their personal belongings such as money, keys, toiletries etc. Over the years handbags have really developed to be more than just an essential item to also being a fashion piece or an accessory to your entire outfit. You can find bags in many sizes, shapes and not to mention colors and patterns to suit every taste. Here are a number of handbags that every woman should own and more so for fashionistas who may want to have these and more. These handbags are by no means the only types of handbags available but these are the basic set that will cover all your needs when it comes to handbags. So let’s dive right into it!

Tote Handbags

These types of handbags are great go-to bags when you need a larger bag. They are larger than your average handbag or satchel and are usually square or rectangular in shape with two shoulder straps, a top which is open and a wide and large base. You can find tote bags in relaxed as well as structured designs.

Relaxed designs have a type of slouch effect and often can fit much more than you would guess. These are sometimes called shoppers when the large sizes are chosen, however they are available in various sizes to fit your needs.

Structured totes are great for the business woman who needs a bag that will protect her various papers, files, a laptop, tablet and more. These are also available in various sizes and available in a number of different colors. Choose one in a classic color so you can pair it with outfits for work and also for other activities outside of work.

Crossbody Bags

These bags as their names suggest are worn across your torso. Unlike your average bag that is worn on your shoulders or across your harm these are made to hang across your body and to one side. These are very comfortable and come in small to medium sizes. They are a great casual bag that goes well with pants, shorts and skirts alike. They are great for running errands, for meeting with friends for coffee and other casual affairs. They are also a great option for days when your hands will be occupied and you still need to carry a bag.


You will find day clutches and evening clutches. Evening clutches tend to be fancier than day clutches with a lot of glitz and glamor to them. These are ideal when you will only be out for a few hours and won’t need all the things in your usual handbag. These are the smallest type of handbag you will find with many including a detachable strap that can allow you to wear the bag over the shoulder. When they are not on the strap these bags can be carried in the palm of your hand, hence the name “clutch”. These come in a number of shapes and sizes and can be as casual or as dressy as you want it to be. You can’t go wrong with multiple of these in your wardrobe.

The Weekender

This bag is a great choice for overnight trips and weekend trips. They are often made with fabric that allows them to be flexible and often can accommodate more things than you would imagine from looking at them when empty. These are a great option for a carry-on bag on the plane if you don’t like regular luggage and they will fit nicely under your seat or in small spaces in overhead compartments thanks to their relaxed and flexible nature.

Satchel Handbags

These handbags are made with a flat and wide bottom along with a main pocket that is covered with a flap. They tend to have two short handles that can be carried in the palm of your hand or can be worn over your arm and often have a detachable strap that can be used to carry the handbag over your shoulder. These types of bags tend to come in medium to large sizes and are ideal for carrying files, books and laptops.