Tote bags, camera bags, clutch bags, oh my! The world of handbags is vast and is only getting bigger as each new season introduces us to fresh shapes and handbag styles to lust after. Whether you’ve got a big collection or don’t know where to start, it can be hard to decide which bag to carry where, and what all these styles even look like. From crossbody straps to top handles, it’s hard to keep track of all the different handbag types and what they mean, so we’re here to help. Laying it out nice and simple, here is our guide to classic handbag styles and shapes.
#1 Tote bag
The simplest and most versatile casual bag around, a tote bag is a simple one pocked back that is usually quite big to fit all your essentials and shopping. Most commonly made of either canvas or leather, a tote is a definite must-have for commuting to work or taking into town as a way to say no to plastic bags. Brands like Kate Spade and Michael Kors level the handbag style up by creating beautiful leather tote bags with subtle metal detailing, giving the casual style a more formal and classy finish that’s perfect for work or travelling. Likely fitting your laptop, purse, charger and book, a tote bag is the ultimate go-to handbag style for heavier packing days.