Hobo bags are a favorite among women’s handbags. They’re roomy and soft and unstructured. Whether you choose one in buttery soft calf leather or textured suede, leather is an excellent material for a handbag.
So why choose a hobo bag over some other style? One reason is their roominess, as they are typically larger and have an easy zip opening. They’re also ergonomically comfortable to wear. The crescent-shaped strap fits nicely over your shoulder, and the bag will nestle into your side as you go about your daily errands. Hobo bags are usually casual, but you can find stiffer sided ones that are more appropriate for a business look.
You might not choose a hobo bag if you’re looking for something to compliment evening wear, but if casual is your thing, go for the hobo! We’ve put together a collection of hobo bags in classic black that you’re sure to love. Check out these great choices below.
Black Leather Hobo Bags For Women
The history of the term hobo harkens back to the Great Depression when workers, typically men, would hop trains to find work. Because luggage would have slowed them down, they often tied their belongings into a bundle, which they slung over their shoulder. These men, referred to as hobos, became associated with this look. So when the slouchy handbag was developed, its no wonder it got tagged with the moniker, hobo bag.
Tasseled Hobo by Rebecca Minkoff
Pebbled cowhide leather creates a textured look for this classic hobo shape from Rebecca Minkoff. The magnetic closure is finished with two braided leather cords with tassels for smooth opening and closing. It’s fabric-lined, has an 8″ shoulder drop for a cozy fit under your arm, and is approximately 12″ long by 12″ high. Not a huge bag, but a great medium size for work. It also comes in a toasted brown color.
Side Tassel Hobo Bag By Vince Camuto
Here’s another tasseled option of a hobo bag. This one is by Vince Camuto and is made of high-quality leather. Inside it has two slip pockets and one zippered pocket. Outside, the bag has three exterior pockets for easy access to your phone or car keys. It’s lined in a soft grey colored fabric. If tassels aren’t your thing, you should be able to remove these with a pair of pliers by opening the jump ring that connects them to the decorative zippers. The bag has a 7″ shoulder drop and is large at 13″ high by 17.5″ wide. It also comes in a soft blue and a tan color.
Structured Hobo Bag By Calvin Klein
If you love the shape of a hobo bag but want something with a bit more structure, this design from Calvin Klein could be your winner. The leather is a bit stiffer, it has a snap pocket, and in addition to the multiple interior pockets, it has an organizational wallet type pocket. The fittings are gold accents for a dressier black and gold look, and of course, the designer’s name on the outside of the bag. This bag has a 14″ shoulder drop and is smaller at 11″ x 9″ in size. It also comes in tan and blue colors.
Slouchy Vintage Leather Hobo By Frye
Here’s a great casual hobo style with that typical Frye edginess. It’s made of super-soft leather that’s reinforced at the sides and bottom. Brass studs and rings bring out the vintage look of the black leather. It has a magnetic closure, a 15″ drop from the shoulder, and is 16″ inches wide by 12″ tall. Inside there are two slip pockets and one zippered pocket. This bag comes in four additional colors: tan, cognac, red, and blue.
Soft Leather Hobo By Kattee
This affordable hobo bag in soft leather is made from a slightly pebbled waxed cowhide. The brass fittings dress up the overall style of the bag. One of the great things about this bag is the adjustable strap, so if the fit beneath your arm is not quite right, you can change it slightly. It has multiple pockets inside and two separate main compartments for all of your things. The size of the bag is 14″ x 7″ with an approximately 9″ drop. It is also available in brown.
Huntley Hobo Bag For Women
This stylishly slouchy hobo bag by The Sak is made out of soft and supple leather. It has plenty of nooks for all of your things, including an exterior zipper pocket and a dividing zipper compartment inside the polyester cloth-lined interior. It closes with a magnetic snap and drops a comfortable 13 1/2″. The overall size is 13.5″ x 10.5″.
Black Suede Hobo Bag by Nico Louise
This large capacity bag is made of soft brushed suede leather. The attached hanging wallet is also made of the same suede leather. In addition, this has a wonderful adjustable shoulder strap that can go from as short as 6″ too as long as 47″, making it suitable to wear crossbody as well as on one shoulder. The overall size is large to carry everything, including your tablet or small laptop. 14.5″ x 13.8″
It’s available in six different colors, including the black and has loads of organizational compartments inside.
Multi-Pocket Extreme Slouch Hobo Bag
This crescent-shaped bag personifies the idea of a hobo bag. From its banana shape to its tidy handle, this reasonably priced hobo is great from office to out on the town. It has super pockets on the inside for organizing all of your things. The tassels pull back the two zippered closures on top. It comes with an additional detachable strap so it can be worn as a crossbody bag if you’re carrying heavier items in this roomy bag. The overall size is 16″ x 12,” and it comes in five different colors.
Designer Hobo Bag With Braided Handles
This designer bag by Tory Burch is the ultimate splurge. It has classic styling with amazing details in the form of the carefully braided double handle design. The braid even carries over into little details like the tasseled zipper pull closure. Inside the bag is lined with signature Tory Burch fabric. At 13.5″ x 12.5″ this is a large bag that will carry all that you need.
Clean-lined Contemporary Hobo Bag
This tote’s shape is extremely versatile, allowing for four different carry techniques: over the arm, in hand, and two different shoulder carries. It’s crafted of high-quality soft and durable cowhide for long-lasting wear. Along with pockets on the inside are clips that can either shrink the overall shape or expand it to a large rectangle if unhooked. There is also a zipper liner organizer bag included. This bag’s overall size is 14.5″ x 16.5″ with a 9″ shoulder drop, making it one of the larger bags we’ve showcased here.
Hopefully, you’ve found the hobo bag of your dreams in the ten that we’ve highlighted here on Style Cheer. They are such great bags for work and casual. Many have the space to carry your laptop or small tablet, or you can even use one for a diaper bag if you’re a stylish mom.
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