Varieties of Bags
Bags can be found in various forms, styles, fabrics and colors. They are designed, not only to hold your belongings, but also to have a fashion statement. When categorizing handbags, consider them in two ways - the shape of the the bag and the way you carry it. First we'll categorize bags by how you take them.

Leather shoulder bag

SHOULDER Handbag
Shoulder bags come in a lot of shapes and sizes. They're fairly large and might normally hold your wallet, keys, cell phone, books, note pad, makeup products and even more. They are sometimes compartmentalized with various pockets both inside and out. These handbags are created to be worn over the shoulder. Shoulder bags are extremely practical and possibly the most common bag carried by females.

CLUTCH
A clutch is a type of handbag that doesn't have handles. It could be taken in the hand or tucked under your arm. Over the history of bags, clutches have been relatively small and often accessible evenings. Clutches can take your keys, driving license, a lipstick and that's about it. However in recent times, the "oversized" clutch has grown in popularity. These hand bags are made the same as a regular clutch but they are bigger and can carry all your essentials.

Clutches might be soft-bodied, framed or maybe hard-cased. They come in number of shapes and materials, including silk, patent leather and sequined fabrics. A clutch can be closed with a fold-over flap, top closure, zipper, push lock, drawstring or any number other types of closures.

HANDHELD BAG
Obviously, these bags are designed to be held by hand. They feature a small handle. They aren't intended to be slung over the shoulder - these bags can only be handheld. They're normally smaller than a shoulder bag, but bigger than a clutch.


Colorful tote bag

TOTE BAG
These kind of casual bags will often be made from canvas. Tote bags are open at the top in most cases only have one main compartment. Tote bags are incredibly big. When over your shoulder, tote bags usually fall around elbow length. Tote bags are perfect for the beach, outside activities or buying.

MESSENGER BAG
Messenger hand bags can also be often called crossbody bags as a result of how they are worn. These bags are good since you can't loose them! Worn across the body, messenger bag appear in numerous styles and sizes. Crossbody bags are commonly worn by students and tourists.

BACKPACK
Another bag that's popular among students could be the backpack. These bags have 2 straps and are intended to be worn lying on your back. Backpacks are great for carrying school books, notepads and other somewhat heavy items. There're normally made of nylon, but they also can also be canvas or leather. Backpacks may also be great for traveling, hiking, camping along with other activities.

The style of handbag you choose depends upon what you need to carry, where you are going and your personal style preferences. A lot of women offer an favorite that they carry almost daily, only switching to a smaller or larger bag for special occasions or circumstances. Other women own lots of handbags and switch their bag regularly, matching it for their outfit, destination and mood.

Now that you understand the handbag categories by how you carry them, we will break it down a little further. On the next page, we discusses some of the more common shapes of handbags.