Bags come in various shapes, styles, materials and colors. There're designed, not only to hold your belongings, but will also to create a fashion statement. When categorizing handbags, consider them in 2 ways - the shape of the the bag and the way you take it. First we'll categorize bags by how you carry them.

Leather shoulder handbag

SHOULDER Handbag
Shoulder hand bags can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are fairly large and may normally hold your wallet, keys, cell phone, textbooks, note pad, makeup products and even more. They are sometimes compartmentalized with various pockets both inside and out. These bags are designed to be worn over the shoulder. Shoulder bags have become practical and possibly the most common bag carried by women.

CLUTCH
A clutch is a type of handbag that doesn't have handles. It can be carried in your hand or tucked below your arm. Over the history of handbags, clutches have been relatively small and often restricted to evenings. Clutches can hold your keys, driver's license, a lipstick and that's about it. However in recent times, the "oversized" clutch has grown in popularity. These hand bags are made just like a regular clutch but they're much larger and can carry all your essentials.

Clutches might be soft-bodied, framed as well as 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 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 are normally smaller compared to a shoulder bag, but larger than a clutch.


Colorful tote bag

TOTE BAG
These casual bags are often made out of canvas. Tote bags are open at the very top and frequently only have one main compartment. Tote bags are very big. When over ones shoulder, tote bags usually fall around elbow length. Tote bags are perfect for the beach, outside actions or buying.

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

BACKPACK
Another bag which can be popular among students could be the backpack. These kinds of bags have 2 straps and are intended to be worn on your back. Backpacks are best for carrying school books, notepads and other somewhat heavy items. These are normally made of nylon, but they also can also be canvas or leather. Backpacks will also be perfect for traveling, hiking, camping and other activities.
Design for handbag you decide depends on what you need to carry, where you are going and your personal style preferences. Many women have an favorite that they carry almost daily, only switching to a smaller or larger bag for special occasions or circumstances. Other women own a large number of handbags and switch their bag on a regular basis, matching it to 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.