How to Choose the Perfect Bucket Bag


The bucket bag has developed from “it bag” status a decade ago to an essential wardrobe staple for every stylish woman.

As it is named purely due to its shape, it means that there is great freedom for designers to be innovative; creating minimal monochromatic leather bags to those colourfully decorated with added hardware. 

They are available in every size from mini to large and their versatility will see you through any occasion; running errands, going to the gym, lunch with girlfriends, a day out with the kids and even an elegant evening out.   

Are you are considering making a classic bucket bag the next addition to your wardrobe? Here are some features you should look out for to ensure you add style and value to your bag collection.

Choose leather

The natural choice is a small bucket bag in a classic leather which will stand the test of time. Leather bags are hardwearing and durable so will not mark or stain easily. Leather is a naturally flexible fabric which often gets better and softer with wear and age. This means it is the perfect choice for an everyday, long-lasting bag that will stay looking great and work well in your wardrobe for years to come.  

Find a solid base

Bucket bags are designed to emulate a slouchy, relaxed style but the best bucket bags will have a strong solid base. A sturdy base will give your bag the structure it requires to avoid your belongings spilling out as soon as you leave you it down. Another little tip to look out for are metal-based feet placed at the base of the bag, this will provide additional protection to the leather when you take it off. 

Beautifully lined

The lining will add structure and shape to the bag as well as reduce the wear on the leather from the inside. Find a bag that is well lined, or go one step further and choose one lined in a fun bright colour fabric. This will also make it easier when it comes to finding your keys or wallet.

Adjustable strap

The bucket bag is ideal for the woman who likes to be prepared and carry everything with her. It is large and spacious meaning you can fill it up, but loading your bag with all your essentials can make it heavy to carry. Choose a bag with a wide and adjustable strap so you can wear it comfortably at a length to best suit you whether that is over the shoulder or across the body.

Look for added pouches and pockets

A bucket bag, by nature, is a thrown it all in kind of bag. They often feature drawstring or cord closures. Ensure the safety of your belongings always by choosing one that features a pochette. Many styles feature a beautiful matching leather pochette or removable zipped pouch attached to the interior of the bag. These are often suitable to be worn as a clutch bag, very useful when on vacation for use in the evenings or even by the pool or beach club. Alternatively seek a bag with additional zip pockets inside the bag. Here you can store all your valuables, like card holder and phone, for safe keeping.

Choose something fun

This season the bucket bag is getting a makeover with exciting colour blocking, patterns, metallics, added embellishments and chunky hardware. This a bag that is practical and yet you can have fun with it. If you usually lean towards minimalistic or monochromatic clothing then choose something to give a bright pop of colour to your outfit.

The bucket bag is practical, versatile and above all incredibly stylish. Take note of these features when choosing the right bucket bag for you and it will undoubtedly become a wardrobe mainstay.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.