Bags can be found in many different designs, styles, materials and colors. There're designed, not only to hold your belongings, but also to have a fashion statement. When categorizing handbags, you should consider them in 2 different ways - the shape of the the bag and the way you carry it. First we are going to categorize bags by how you carry them.

Leather shoulder handbag

SHOULDER BAG
Shoulder bags can be found in a lot of shapes and sizes. They are fairly large and may normally hold your wallet, keys, cell phone, books, notepad, makeup products and much more. They are sometimes compartmentalized with various pockets both inside and outside. These bags are created to be worn over the shoulder. Shoulder hand bags are extremely practical and possibly the most common bag carried by women.

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, driver's license, a lipstick and that's about it. However in recent years, the "oversized" clutch is growing in popularity. These bags are designed the same as a typical clutch but they are bigger and can carry all of your essentials.

Clutches may be soft-bodied, framed or maybe hard-cased. They come in various 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 handbags are designed to be held by hand. They give you a small handle. They're not 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 are usually made from canvas. Tote bags are open at the very top and often only have one main compartment. Tote bags are incredibly big. When over your shoulder, tote bags usually fall around elbow length. Tote bags are good for the beach, outside actions or shopping.

MESSENGER BAG
Messenger hand bags may also be often called crossbody bags because of how they are worn. These bags are perfect as you can't loose them! Worn across the body, messenger bag come in numerous styles and sizes. Crossbody bags are commonly worn by students and travellers.

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

The style of handbag you choose depends on what you should carry, where you are going and your personal style preferences. Lots of women have an favorite that they carry almost daily, only switching to a smaller or larger bag for special events or circumstances. Other women own lots of handbags and switch their bag regularly, matching it with 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.