A woman's handbag is an integral part of her outfit. A handbag is more than just a sack to carry essentials. It's a fashion statement, a way to express her style and creativity. Handbags come in many shapes, sizes, colors, prices and labels.
Satchel bags are large bags used for casual occasions. The bag part is a big loose sack connected to a long strap. The strap is usually worn on the shoulder and crossed over the body so the bag rests on the opposite hip. Women usually wear satchel bags, but it's also acceptable for men to wear them.
A bucket bag is exactly what the name sounds like. The bag part is in the form of a bucket, with a little less cylindrical shape. It's usually attached to a shoulder strap but can also be attached to a hand strap. The top part is left open or secured by a zipper.
Barrel bags are long cylindrical bags. They have a lot of room inside. Barrel bags usually have long straps so that the bag comes down to the stomach.
Hobo bags are oval in shape, with a zipper on the top. Small straps are connected to both ends so your shoulder can go through them. This bag usually has many compartments on the inside and a large storage area.
Tote bags are perfect for running errands and for going to the beach or pool. They're large squarish bags with small to medium straps. They usually do not have a zipper. Tote bags are usually made from a very durable fabric to resist water and sand.
Shoulder tote bags are large, squarish bags. However, some do not have any defined shapes. A large sack is connected to small straps to fit around your shoulders. Shoulder totes are great for everyday use but don't fill them up too much -- they could cause strain on your shoulder.
A clutch is mostly used for formal occasions. It's a small bag -- circular, oval, rectangular, or square. The clutch is held in one hand and rarely comes with a strap. Clutches are usually made from good quality and embellished to look more glamorous. There isn't much space in a clutch, only enough for a few essentials -- cell phone, lipstick, money.
Sasha Melba is a California native who has been writing since 2002. Melba writes for magazines, newspapers and websites on various topics including fashion, makeup and cooking. She also has worked for Golden West Books as a copy editor and at "The Irvine Herald" as a writer.