The Bag Dictionary

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Hey bagaholics, how well do you know your bags and the types? Here’s a quick guide to help you identify the distinguishing factors of the different styles and types:


A bag that is supported by the shoulders with double handles and lies across the back. Backpacks are supported on either one or both shoulders

As seen in Club Mod 

Baguette Bag

A purse that is relatively long from side to side and small from top to bottom – basically a little like a baguette with a handle

As seen in XOXO Boutique

Bowling Bag

A bag originally made to hold a bowling ball, this has become a fashion item

As seen in Glossy Addiction

Bucket Bag

A roomy bag shaped like a bucket, usually has an open top and shoulder strap

As seen in Anna Syue


Small but long bag (rectangular), evening bag without a handle. You have to clutch it – hence the name

As seen in The Long Sleeve Closet

Envelope Bag

A flat, square or rectangular bag with a triangle-shaped top flap that folds over like an envelope

As seen in Glossy Addiction


A large crescent-shaped shoulder bag or any large bag that hangs from your shoulder and has a main compartment closure

As seen in The Puffy Clouds

Messenger Bag

A bag with a long strap to be worn across the body that winds around the chest resting the bag on the lower back

As seen in Glossy Addiction


A small evening bag embezzled with pieces of metal, semi precious stones or beads or covered with fabric or leather

As seen in Glossy Addiction

Floo SatchelSatchel

A structured handbag with double handles, locking hardware and a wide, flat bottom. May be large or small

As seen in Club Mod

Taking Orders !Shoulder Bag

Any bag with a shoulder strap

As seen in Glossy Addiction

Sling Bag

A bag with a long strap (similar to a messenger bag), yet smaller

As seen in Milla’s Collection


A medium to large bag with two straps. Sometimes sold as a reusable shopping bag, this bag can carry anything that is too large for a common handbag – also called a ‘Shopper’

As seen in Milla’s Collection


A clutch shaped bag that comes with an attached leather or bracelet-looking strap allowing you to hold your bag and dance freely

As seen in Milla’s Collection

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