Finding a bag that suits both your style preferences and practical needs can be difficult. For example, if you’re going to the beach, do you bring a tote bag with a few items or do you cram everything in a duffel bag?
In this blog, we will take a look at five different stylish bags. We will discuss both their aesthetic and practical qualities. Hopefully, by the time you finish reading, you will have a better idea of which bag is right for you.
1. Tote bag
Tote bags are made to carry items that are generally too large for a normal handbag or purse. They can carry laptops, various picnic items and bulky school books. Tote bags are often made of lightweight materials like nylon and canvas. This makes a tote bag much easier to carry, especially compared to something like a duffel bag. When it’s empty, you can even fold it and place it in your glove box for emergencies.
In terms of designs, tote bags have a lot of flexibility. There are tote bags with simple colours, tote bags with pop culture designs and so on. If you want to bring it to work, there are even leather tote bags that can give you a professional look without compromising too much on practicality.
One downside of a tote bag is the lack of different compartments. In tote bags, the items inside of it will inevitably get mixed in together. As a result, it’s best to avoid these bags when storing delicate items.
2. Cross-body purse
If you want something a little more discreet, then you might want to go with a cross-body purse. Cross-body purses generally feature a long shoulder strap and a smaller bag that hangs next to your side. They have different zipped compartments, making it easier to organise and access your things. Cross-body purses are often used to carry small everyday items like phones, wallets and water bottles.
Due to their size, they are quite easy to carry. Also, unlike heavy backpacks or duffels, they won’t put a lot of pressure on your shoulders.
Though some cross-body bags are made a bit bigger, they are generally not suited to carry bulky items like laptops and gym gear.
Most cross-body purses are made of leather. They come in different colours like brown, bright red, black, beige and tan. Unfortunately, printed designs are rare when it comes to these bags. However, their simplicity makes them incredibly easy to pair with various casual and professional outfits.
When using a clutch, you have to take everything down to the bare essentials. This typically means limiting yourself to just your wallet and your phone. Some clutches have different compartments but they are often reserved for even smaller items like banknotes, coins and cosmetic products.
Clutches are perfect if you’re going to a formal event and want to maintain the elegance of your outfit.
Due to their size, clutch bags often make a great accent piece. Because of this, it’s generally safe to experiment with colours that are a little unconventional. The best part is, clutches won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
4. Messenger bags
Messenger bags are widely used by both university students and professionals. Just like a cross-body purse, a messenger bag has a long strap that goes over the shoulder and across the torso.
However, the main difference is the size of the bag itself. Messenger bags are generally big enough to carry laptops and large books. They also have different pockets which are perfect for changers, wallets and phones.
Because the bag itself hangs on your side, you have easy access to all of your things. This is helpful if you often go to crowded places like train stations, airports, outdoor markets or conventions.
Compared to backpacks, which tend to stand out, messenger bags can be a bit more discreet. If you get a black or brown messenger bag, you can blend it seamlessly into your professional outfits.
The briefcase is the ultimate professional bag. City-workers use them to carry folders, documents, laptops and chargers. Because of the hard outer surface, your possessions will generally be safe from physical damage and moisture.
This bag gives off a sense of class and professionalism like no other bag. If you want to have that smart, timeless look at the office, go with the classic briefcase. Bringing a briefcase to important meetings, interviews or presentations can also help you gain a good first impression.
Of course, none of these suggestions are set in stone. If you want to experiment with different bags in different settings, go for it. When choosing a bag, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable. Bags are made to help you with your daily tasks, not weigh you down.