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Handbag Styles 101: Crossbody & Shoulder Bags

Designing the perfect bag is an exciting yet complex process. Every decision, from the bag's material to its style, makes a huge difference in the final product's outcome. So, as you embark upon designing your dream bag, you probably have already realized there is an overwhelming amount of styles to choose from. Maybe we can whittle it down for you here and help you to decide where to begin. The two most popular handbag styles of the moment are the crossbody bag and shoulder bag, for obvious reasons, the biggesst of all being that your schlepping life becomes hands free!. So, let's talk about the options of these styles so you know where to begin with designing yours.

The Baguette Bag

Created in the late 90's by Fendi, the baguette bag became the "It" bag after being featured on "Sex and the City" and established as Carrie Bradshaw’s go-to purse. The baguette is small and features a strap that can be worn on one shoulder or held as a top-handle. Despite its simple base design, this style has been constantly reinvented with new details, such as a variety of prints, options on colors, materials and embellishments. The baguette bag is a classic style that has proven to be timeless, and it continues to be a popular choice among fashion enthusiasts.

Hobo Bag

The Hobo bag, shaped like a half-moon and made of soft, malleable material, typically features a long strap designed specifically for wearing on your shoulder. Despite its unstructured and slouchy appearance, which deems it the hobo bag name, its style power lies in the design and easy wearability. This style of bag is typically very spacious and can hold many items. Although it complements various looks and used for various occasions, the Hobo bag is typically more suitable for informal outfits. This handbag style was very popular in the early to mid-2000's. Many celebrities, such as Paris Hilton, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, popularized the style as part of a larger Boho-chic trend.

Tote Bag

Tote bags are a type of bag that features parallel handles emerging from the inside of the bag, providing a comfortable and practical option for carrying items. Tote bags are known for being versatile and can be used for carrying groceries, books, and even as a beach bag. The term "tote" comes from Old English and means "to carry." During the 1940s and 1950s, tote bags began to gain popularity and set trends, especially in the US market. This was due to their unique design that allowed for a spacious and practical bag that could be used for a variety of purposes.

In today's market, tote bags continue to be a popular choice for individuals who are looking for a functional and stylish bag. They can be found in a variety of materials, including canvas, leather, and even eco-friendly options. Additionally, tote bags are often the style used as promotional products, with businesses and organizations using them to promote their brand. Tote bags have even become a symbol of environmental awareness, as they can be reused and reduce the need for single-use plastic bags.

Bucket Bag

The Bucket Bag was successful in the 90's and has made a comeback in recent years. This handbag model was one of the most popular of that decade and was known for being practical and spacious. Today, it is even more versatile, available in various sizes and styles. One of the most interesting things about bucket bags is that, since they are defined by their shape, they can be produced in different materials, giving them a new and unique look.

Saddle Bag

In the world of fashion, a saddle bag is typically a crossbody bag with a curved bottom. Timeless, they often have a flat top edge and a flap cover with a buckle closure. Historically, the fashion saddle bag was inspired by the saddlebags that attach to a saddle while horseback riding. The style was first introduced by Coach in 1972 and gained popularity in the early 2000's when Dior took the style a step further and debuted their version. The brand's curved silhouette drew admiration at the time and remains popular to this day.

Now that you have learned about the different styles of crossbody bags and shoulder bags, you are equipped with the knowledge to start designing your own handbags with us! So what are you waiting for? Let's get started designing your dream handbag! Schedule your Design Consult today and start making in the USA with the Clutch Made Factory!

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