A woman’s bag of choice can tell a lot about her lifestyle, personality and overall style. Our bags are extensions of ourselves; they showcase who we are as individuals, and just like every woman is different, so is every bag. Are you a neat and sophisticated clutch or carefree and bohemian bucket bag? Read on to see what your bag says about you…

The Backpack      

The backpack wearer is cool and trendy, and isn’t afraid to embrace geek-chic. She also tends to carry a lot of stuff, making sure she has everything on hand to take her from one adventure to the next. From luxe leather Clueless-esque backpacks to classic and durable, the backpack woman has a style to cover every eventuality.


 Grafea Red Hot Leather Rucksack, Mi-Pac All Stars Backpack, Rebecca Minkoff Julian Leather Backpack

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The Satchel

The satchel is for the woman whose style errs on the side of classic and heritage. This woman is practical; she wants her bag to be solid and to last, carrying all of her essentials – from books to tablets and makeup bag. She’s also fashion-conscious, choosing from a range of colours and styles that suit her personal style.


The Cambridge Satchel Company Leather Satchel, Karl Lagerfeld K/Grainy Satchel, The Cambridge Satchel Company Shoulder Bag Satchel

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The Bowler

The bowler is for the woman who likes a bit of structure in her life. Always on the go, she likes her bag to be as organised as she is – big enough to carry her diary, purse, mobile phone, and a pair of oversized sunnies. This woman is chic and sleek, with a strong sense of personal style.


Paul’s Boutique Porter Slouchy Textured Bowler, Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B Mini Leather Bowler, Paul’s Boutique Maisy Patent Bowler

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The Tote

The tote is for the woman who likes to carry around everything but the kitchen sink. Prepared for all eventualities, she leads a busy lifestyle and needs a bag that works just as hard as she does. Spanning all kinds of colours, shapes and sizes, the tote bag is for the busy woman who doesn’t compromise on style.


Liebeskind Greta Double Dyed Tote, Paul’s Boutique Betsy Snake Colour Block Tote, Orla Kiely Willow Tote

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The Cross Body

The cross body bag is for the woman who likes to live life hands-free. She’s preoccupied with too many things to think about carrying her bag around, so slings it over her shoulder and she’s ready to tackle the day ahead. She’s functional and she’s efficient, but just any cross body won’t do – she needs one that will live up to her fashionable high standards.


Yvonne Koné Large Box Cross Body,  French Connection Ines Cross Body, By Malene Birger Niccon Leather Fringe Cross Body

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The Bucket

The bucket bag is for the carefree, bohemian woman on the go. She loves the retro 70s design, updating it for the 21st century. This woman doesn’t know where the day will take her, so needs a bag that will take her from day to night with ease – and style.


Maison Scotch Cute Leather Bucket, Yvonne Koné Black Bucket, Sandqvist Marianne Leather Bucket 

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The Clutch

Neat and sophisticated, the clutch wearer only needs to carry the bare essentials. She’s minimalist, put together, and glamorous all at the same time, and will probably be wearing something chic and directional. The clutch is for the woman who knows what she likes and has no need or desire for anything else.


Maison Scotch Leather Clutch, French Connection Monochrome Woven Leather Clutch, Lulu Guinness Glitter Perspex Lips Clutch

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Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Writer and expert