7 must-have bags all women should have

A lady's legs with boot and bag

During the week, most of us women have a lot of activities to participate in. Whether it is getting to the gym, going to a class, going to work, the simple lunch dates with friends, parties, weddings and other formal events.  Going about with so much variety of activities, I have realized that I simply cannot keep walking around with the same bag as my needs are different. I need a variety of must -have bags in my wardrobe for different activities.

So, I am compiling this list of must-have bags for me and women like me to have according to our needs and requirements.

1) Tote Bag 

A bag hung on a chair

Every woman needs to have a reliable tote bag with ample storage space, that’s also super-comfortable to carry around.

A tote bag is a large, unfastened bag with two parallel shoulder handles on either side.

It’s an extremely versatile bag to invest in, perfect for any occasion that requires you to carry more than a few things, whether it’s shopping around the city, heading out for a class or just going to work.

2) Duffel Bags

A bag placed on a ground

Used essentially for travel, duffel bags are great for weekend getaways and even long trips, depending on the size of course. Because of these bags you can do away with the burden of suitcases while allowing you to look effortlessly stylish and chic. They are also widely available and are very versatile in terms of colour, size and pattern.

3) Sling Bags

A Sling bag

I have found sling bags extremely essential, especially if you’re going for a casual look. Depending on the size, they can fit most of the things like a pair of flats, a scarf and your phone, wallet and keys. Although most of them do not come with various compartments, they are handy if you don’t want to carry too many items but you also don’t want to struggle with your handbag all day.

They come in various sizes and colours, again, depending on your budget range and preference.

4) Clutch Bags

A clutch purse and flower and leaves

I needed one of these when I was invited to a dinner party and I didn’t have an appropriate bag.

These are great for very formal occasions; when you need to look your best but still need a few essentials at hand. They are normally small and compact so when packing one, stick to the extreme essentials. Some of them also bulge which does not looks very appropriate so make sure you pack smart and carry only what is needs at hand.

A must-have in your handbags collection for a classy and sophisticated look; just ensure it’s in an almost neutral colour so it can go with several outfits.

5) Baguette Bag

Baguette bag

My personal favourite. This narrow shoulder bag typically comes with a small strap-like handle. It comes in a variety of colours. And sizes range from medium to small. Ideally can be used both in formal and casual events like brunch with friends.

6) Basket Bag 

A basket bag with clothes

These are usually made of jute or straw. A basket bag is a basket in the form of a bag with straps. It is collected as a handicraft fashion item and used for events like trips to the beach or a picnic. With a keen eye details, it can be easily channelled into a fashion statement.

7) Satchel Bag

Satchel Bag

Another must-have bag; a satchel bag is sort of like a soft-sided briefcase and comes with a big-ish loose sack connected to a pair of straps. It is usually used for casual occasions. Satchel bags are relatively voluminous than the average handbag, and the rectangular body comes with a flat bottom.


There are lots of variety of bags available in the market. It’s important to have a few must-have bags in your collection for varied activities and requirements.

Out of these how many bags do you have? How many more needs to be added. Comment below.

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