Bags can be found in a number of shapes, styles, materials and colors. They are designed, not only to hold your belongings, but will also to make a fashion statement. When categorizing handbags, consider them in 2 different 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 hand bags can be found in numerous shapes and sizes. They're fairly large and might normally hold your wallet, keys, mobile phone, textbooks, notepad, cosmetics and more. They are sometimes compartmentalized with various pockets both inside and out. These bags are created to be worn over the shoulder. Shoulder hand bags are extremely practical and maybe the most common bag carried by women.

CLUTCH
A clutch is a type of handbag that doesn't have handles. It can be taken in the hand or tucked under your arm. Throughout the history of handbags, clutches have been relatively small and often restricted to evenings. Clutches can carry your keys, driving license, a lipstick and that's about it. However in the past svereal years, the "oversized" clutch has grown in popularity. These bags are made the same as a regular clutch but they're larger and can carry all your essentials.

Clutches can 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 created 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 compared to a shoulder bag, but bigger than a clutch.


Colorful tote bag

TOTE BAG
These kind of casual bags are often made from canvas. Tote bags are open at the very top and often have only 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 bags can also be often called crossbody bags because of how they are worn. These bags are wonderful because you can't loose them! Worn across the body, messenger bag are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Crossbody bags are generally worn by students and travellers.

BACKPACK
Another bag which is popular among students could be the backpack. These kind of bags have two straps and are intended as worn lying on your back. Backpacks are best for carrying school books, notepads as well as other somewhat heavy items. They're normally made of nylon, but they also may also be canvas or leather. Backpacks may also be great for traveling, hiking, camping along with other activities.
Design for handbag you select depends on exactly what you need 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 on a regular basis, 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.