Style Fleur Q & A Friday

by Charlotte Olsson Bauer


I hope you have all had a fabulous start to 2015! :)

It's Style Fleur Q & A Style Friday!

This week’s question is:

Q: I am looking for a new handbag online and would love it, if I had an easy "go to list" of different styles/names of bags. So many websites ask you to put a style into their search engines and I only know the basics, like tote, backpack etc. Can you please help?

A: Yes! What a great question. It can sometimes be a little confusing, as some bags are so similar, like messenger and crossbody for example. 

I have put together a visual "Style Fleur Glossary of Bags" for you! You now have a list to refer to and a brief description of each style below!

Bucket - In the basic shape of a bucket, with a drawstring closure and long or short handle.

Baguette - Small, long and narrow. The name is derived from a French loaf of bread.

Bowler - Inspired by the bowling bag, with rounded edges.

Backpack - In the shape of a sack, that has two straps that go over the shoulders and is carried on your back.

Minaudiere - A small delicate bag made of metal and encrusted with beads, sequins or embroidery. It often has a chain strap that comes off, making it a versatile piece, that can be used as a clutch or shoulder bag.

Doctor - A stiff bag with a flat bottom and a centre closure.

Clutch - An evening bag, designed to be worn under the arm or in the hand.

Satchel - A bag carried on the shoulder by a long strap and typically closed by a flap. Popular with school children and college students as a book bag.

Tote - Also known as a carryall or shopper. A medium to large open top bag with two top, mostly short handles.

Box - An angular, box shaped bag. Used as an evening bag with a variety of handles or closures made from wood, bone, metal or shell.

Crossbody - A small or large bag with a long strap, that goes over your shoulder and across your body.

Hobo - A crescent shaped bag with a zipper closure. Worn over the shoulder and generally has a more relaxed feel.

Weekend - A large bag with two handles and a top opening, usually used for overnight trips.

Envelope - Resembles and envelope because of its fold over closure and is typically a chain strap or clutch style bag.

Saddle - In the shape of a saddle and has a U shaped design, with a large flap opening.

Duffle - Generally used as a sports bag. It has a long cylinder shape and is sometimes closed at the top with a drawstring.

Pouch - A small leather or fabric bag often used for loose items, such as make up or loose change. generally a zipper closure.

Trapeze - A trapezoidal shape effect with triangular inserts and two top handles.

Wristlet - A small bag similar to the pouch but with a strap, that can be worn around the wrist.

Messenger - Large shoulder bag, with a strap worn over the shoulder, bag worn on the front or back of the body at hip level. Large central compartment, with a large flap over closure.

Have a style question? Style Fleur is here to help! Don't be shy, just submit your message via email, text, tweet me @thestylefleur or ask in the comments below.

Have a great weekend!

Charlotte xo

* Photos courtesy of Vogue Russia, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom and Style Fleur.