There are some things in life that you can never get enough of. And for many, bags make them go weak in the knees. We often find ourselves lusting after bejewelled Minaudières, graphic totes, fold-over clutches... the list is endless.
If you have a shelf in your cupboard dedicated lovingly to your favourite fashion accessory, be sure you can differentiate one from another. Be a fashion maverick, crack the simple design code and flaunt your bag knowledge.
Follow our A to Z guide so you know what to couple with your ethnic wear or how to switch from your workplace to a cosy bar, without switching your handbag.
Though there’s more to bag lingo, this is good enough to start with.
Athletic: Also known as gym bags, they are super sturdy and spacious. Duffles are the more stylised versions
Bowler: or bowling bags have a wide bottom, perfect for work
Clutch: Compact and classy. Box clutches are a current hit
Drawstring: As the name suggests, they close with the drawing of two strings. Fit for casual outings
Envelope Clutch: Takes its shape from the name. Go for neons, over-sized and colour blocked ones
Fold-Over Clutch: Has a buttoned or zipped enclosure. Go for versions in pastels or encrusted with rhinestones
Glazed Leather: The hot chocolate-like sheen makes glazed leather super fashionable
Hobo: The high-style version of the desi jhola. Perfect for college or a casual date night
iPurse: Inspired by the rise of the tablet, these are a stylish way to hop directly from workplace to a party destination
Jackie O: It’s inspired by the late first lady of US, Jacqueline Kennedy and her impeccable style
Kelly: A fashionable ode to Hollywood beauty Grace Kelly
Laptop: You can redefine sexy by adding oomph to your gadget wear
Minaudière: Traditionally, cosmetic bags. Go bejewelled for sophisticated evenings
Newsboy: Work-friendly and great for travel, it’s the best pick for fashionable men
Ojibwa: Originally, native American artwork. Go for inspired beaded versions
Potli: Hot on trend, the compactdrawstring bags work well with ethnic wear
Quilted: The diamond patterns and quilt look add instant glamour and class
Regulator: Another sports bag, fit for carrying tools and equipment
Saddle: The travel/ riding bag can double up as a stylish, compact accessory during trips
Tote: From classroom fashion to a formal night out, the wide-mouth bag is fit for multi-use
Ukranian Bagpiper: Traditionally made to go with the instrument, the shape now inspires stylised handbags. Pick in tartan prints
Vinyl: The plastic-look popularity makes these a handy, cool option
Wristlets: Another gadget-friendly bag. Cover your phone, add handy makeup and you have high style on your wrists
X-Ray Bags: Available across social networks, the ‘prank’ scan print is super fun
Yoruba Diviner’s Bag: The African ‘medicine’ bag is an inspiration for designers across the globe
Zippers: Mostly used to keep stationary, you can also use them as smart pouches