Hobo bags
Hobo bags

The hobo bag is a style of handbag or purse that is typically large and characterized by a crescent shape, a slouchy posture and a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder.[1] Hobo bags are made out of soft, flexible materials and tend to slump, or slouch, when set down. There are many different sizes and shapes of this popular woman's fashion accessory.[2]

The silhouette of handbags was very popular in the early to mid 2000's, with many celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen popularizing the style as part of a larger Boho-chic trend.

This style of purse is called a hobo bag because it resembles the shape of the bindle on a stick that hobos are portrayed as carrying over their shoulder in drawings and cartoons.


  1. ^ Nyanbura, Ruth; Nyamache, Tom (May 2012). "Evolution of Handbags Culture" (PDF). Journal of Education and Social Sciences. 1 (2): 22. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ "7 Bags Every Woman Should Own". HuffPost Canada. 2015-07-29. Retrieved 2018-05-18.