There are so many bags to choose from. Do you want leather, no leather, big or small? And then you also will need to choose a type of bag. Below you can find a cheat sheet of bag types and find your favourite! This is even the first part of the Big Bag Dictionary so stay tuned for the second part with also a drawn dictionary.
Athletics bag: As the name already tells us it is. A bag used for carrying sport and athletics’ equipment. Overall a soft, large bag.
Accordion bag: A bag whose compartments open like an accordion’s bellows.
Baguette: a bag inspired by the French Baguette. Shaped as a small rectangular bag, with a longer side to side than the top to bottom.
Bucket bag: a bag inspired by the champagne carrier bag from Louis Viton as you can read here. Nowadays you can see the bucket bag often with a drawstring.
Backpack: a bag with two straps over the shoulders and lies across the back.
Beach bag: a large handbag, used to carry at least your bathing suit, towel and suntan lotion to and from the beach.
Bowling bag: a 1990’s retro style bag modelled after American bags used to carry their bowling balls and shoes.
Birkin Bag: a bag made by Hermès that is made in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin. Though she wasn’t a big fan of the bag itself.
Clutch: small but long, often evening, bag without a handle. Hence the name, you have to clutch it.
Crossbody: a bag with the strap of the bag worn across the body.
Duffle bag: a large, often cylindrical bag with straps or handles to carry original military belongings. Nice to know the name ‘duffle’ comes from a Dutch city Duffel where the cloth was originally sold.
Doctors bag: Since the Victorian era doctor’s needed a bag to carry all the belongings for making house calls. The ultimate bag was the doctor’s bag.
Envelope clutch: a square or rectangular bag with a flap that folds over like an envelope.
Frame purse: a handbag shaped by a frame to give it structure, often quite angular.
Fold over clutch: A clutch that large so it can be folded over with or without a handle.
Fanny Pack: a small bag worn around you’re the waist often a zipped pouch attached to a belt.
Gunnysack: a bag to originally carry rice, potatoes in. Often recycled with leather straps to make a tote out of it.
Hobo bag: a crescent-shaped handbag which is often made of a soft or flexible material to give the slouchy shape when you set the bag down.
Hat Box: originally a bag to carry and store one’s hat when travelling. Nowadays a firm rounded box with a handle.
Jackie Bag: The widow Jackie Kennedy of John F Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States of America was known of the two bag of Gucci she wore. They named the bag later after her the ‘Jackie O bag’.
Kelly bag: Just like the Jackie Bag is probably the most famous bag in the world, made by Hermès named after the American actress and Monegasque princes Grace Kelly. It is known for the angular shape and the clasp on a thin leather belt on the front.