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Did you know that the handbag only became a popular female accessory at the beginning of the 1900s? Prior to that, only men carried a purse! At the turn of the twentieth century, women started venturing out into the world and the handbag, as we know it, became a sign of their newfound independence.
Today, a woman’s handbag & shoes is one of the first things we, as women, notice. And, a women’s choice of bag says so much about her personal style. The choice available to us when it comes to bags is somewhat overwhelming, especially given that every season there is a new must-have style.
According to industry experts, there are 5 styles of bags that you should aim to own. All five should be made using quality materials and be the best you can afford. It’s best to build your collection slowly, saving for a particular style, if you have to.
Mango Leather Shopper in black R959 – BUY
Named after the tied-up cloth sack that hobo’s sling over their shoulder to carry their belongings. A slouchy & roomy, casual style often gathered at the bottom seam with a zippered closure.
The Top Handle
Guess Downtown Chic Turnlock R1329 – BUY
A classic style that is carried in the hand (it won’t fit over the shoulder). This style gained popularity when the house of Hermes named a top handle bag after Hollywood film star Grace Kelly. It became a style icon in 1956 when a picture appeared on the cover on Life magazine of Grace Kelly carrying the bag.
Call it Spring “Homecoming” Clutch R299 BUY
Essentially an evening bag that gives the wearer an elegant, ladylike look. Traditionally they’re designed with a metal frame, but of late, the envelope, with its fold over flap has become very fashionable. Sizes vary, but the majority are small enough to hold in the palm of one’s hand. They usually only have enough room for a mobile phone, lipstick, keys and some money.
The Saddle / Cross Body
Jadya Crossbody Bag R279 – BUY
This broad category of bag style can be recognised by a flap-over close to the bag, a single sling shoulder strap or an external pocket. Sometimes referred to as a saddle bag, it can be worn across the body or hanging from one shoulder.
Gaile Tote Bag in Tan R324 – BUY
The quintessential everyday style – roomy enough to carry a small laptop, tablet, folders, magazines and even an extra pair of shoes. Ensure you buy one that’s durable and hardwearing. Look for canvas, nylon or leather.