Collection: Sling & Crossbody

What are the different types of sling bags?

Any bag that has a sling attached to it and can be carried by hanging it over your shoulders is called a sling bag. So essentially there is a huge variety and types of bags that come under this category. They can range from mini or nano bags that have recently become popular to larger ones that can be used to carry almost anything. Here is a list of sling bags that are not too small and too large, and can be used every day. Each one can be paired with a variety of styles to create a variety of looks.

  • Shoulder Sling Bag:
    Also known as a baguette shoulder sling bag, the design for this bag was first introduced by Fendi in 1997 and was inspired by the Baguette Bread that was famously carried by Parisian Women under their arms. The popularity of this bag was due high in part to the character Carrie Bradshaw played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the show Sex and the City. With the famous lines, it's not a bag it's a Baguette. 

  • Flap Bags:
    This type of bag has a long sling along with a flap as a closure rather than a zip. The act of opening this type of bag is more simple & elegant than a bag that has a zipped closure. The downside however is that these types of bags don't have zipped closure which makes it kind of risky if you are not a bit careful. 

  • Barrel Sling Bag:
    shaped like a cylinder, a barrel sling bag has a unique design that can be paired with a flowy skirt with gladiator sandals for a typical Bohemian look. Earthy colors like maroon, dark green, khaki, and beige will go well with a barrel sling shoulder bag. 

  • Micro or the Mini Sling:
    these bags shot to fame in early 2018 when the designer Jacquemus introduced them for his Fall 2017 collection. These are usually smaller versions of larger bags that are mostly used to carry either your wallets or phone. The first instance of small bags came in the 1960s when the micro and mini skirts revolutionized women's fashion forever. These bags have an adorable look and look great when you want to go for a casual, fun, and cute look.

  • Crossbody Fanny Pack:
    the difference between a sling bag and a crossbody bag is that a Sling Bag has a long strap length and is usually hung over the shoulder parallel to the body or hung across the shoulder with the bag resting on your hip. A Mono Crossbody is also known as a fanny pack that can be worn around your waist as a bum bag or can be carried across your shoulder with the bag resting on your chest or on your back. Crossbody bags usually have a shorter strap designed to sit around your waist. A crossbody fanny pack is a design that is associated with a street-style aesthetic.

  • Box Clutch:
    Also known as a statement bag, these slings have a thin strap usually a removable metal chain. Sometimes they are made from a hard casing and will always have some amount of surface decoration done with a bling aspect. These bags go well with a part outfit or evening wear that calls for a bit of oomph factor.

  • Bucket Bag:
    Shaped like a bucket, it usually has a round stiff base with a loosely structured body that folds up as pleats towards the top and has a drawstring closure. With its large carrying capacity and versatility in terms of styling, many designer brands have come up with their version of the bag using a variety of construction techniques and materials. Bucket Bags can be carried over the shoulder just like sling bags or they can also be carried as handbags with a top handle. They work well with mostly loose, light garments and can be styled with straight pants or flared pants, blouses or tops with puffy sleeves, or long flowy summer skirts.


Which are the best sling bags for women?

Functionality that comes wrapped in the spirit of style is the ideal choice that you should be looking for.

A simple Google Search can open a rabbit hole in the different types of sling bags that are out there. But the most important part should be your comfort and requirements. You should consider your personal preferences while making an investment in your sling bag. Things like size, the number of compartments, material, type of strap, and strap length are important considerations while making your choice.

The size and shape of the many different types of sling bags have given these types of bags a very special identity more than just the functional value. Each design of the sling is worn with a very distinct outfit. So the kind of sling bag that suits you the best, would depend on the kind of outfit you usually like to carry around. Having said that, the basic rule of the versatility of any type of bag comes from the simplicity of the design.

In our humble opinion though, a simple, minimal, design made with a classic material is easy to blend with most of the outfits and moods. For that reason, a simple and modest sling bag makes sure not to stand out but to blend in and complement the outfit through the choice of color and texture of the material.  

Leather sling bags in a tan or black color should be your all-weather, all-purpose, and any outfit sling bag. Leather sling bags can be expensive but they are also the perfect go-to bags that you can always carry with you, a no-brainer for any outfit and any occasion. Which reduces the number of bags you need to keep changing.

This is why the collection of sling bags from The Bicyclist is the epitome of simplicity, timelessness, and versatility. All you need to do is make a choice based on the number of things you would like to carry around with you. Based on your need for the number of essentials you are comfortable with, we have a variety of options that are all handcrafted with premium leather with an in-depth eye for the details that give them a very expensive and luxurious look. 


How do I choose a good sling bag?

In the enchanting realm of fashion and accessories, where choices abound like stars in the night sky, choosing the perfect sling bag is an artistry in itself. For our confident, cultured, and urban women, here's a poetic guide to help you select the sling bag of your dreams.

  • Purpose and Personality: Your sling bag is an extension of yourself. Consider where and when you'll use it. Is it for everyday elegance or special occasions? Ensure it mirrors your unique style.
  • Size and Structure: The bag's size should harmonize with your body and outfit. Ensure it's spacious enough for your essentials without overwhelming your ensemble.
  • Material Magic: Our love for leather is eternal, but explore materials that resonate with your spirit. Be it suede, canvas, or eco-friendly options, let your heart guide you.
  • Comfort is Key: A comfortable strap is like a warm embrace. Opt for adjustable lengths and padded shoulders for ease of wear.
  • Compartments and Organization: A well-organized bag is a serene sanctuary. Pockets and compartments are a must for keeping your treasures in order.
  • Color Chronicles: Choose a hue that whispers your story. Neutral tones for versatility or bold colors for an artistic flourish - let your heart pick.
  • Hardware Harmony: Pay attention to the hardware details. Gold, silver, or antique finishes can add that touch of vintage charm.
  • Brand Story: Connect with brands that share your values and aesthetics. Discover those who craft with passion and purpose.
  • Versatility Vision: Seek a bag that effortlessly transitions from day to night. Adaptability is the mark of timeless elegance.
  • Budget Brilliance: Last but not least, set a budget and stick to it. A delightful bag doesn't need to break the bank.

As you embark on your quest for the perfect sling bag, remember, it's not just an accessory; it's a statement of your confident, cultured, and urban spirit. Let your choice be a reflection of your essence, a harmonious blend of modern aesthetics and old-world charm. May your search be as inspiring as the bag you seek, and may it accompany you on the enchanting journey of self-expression.