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Types of Handbags for Women

14 Different Types of Handbags for Women You'd Love to Look At

Wondering which handbag is the right one for you? Well, look no further; this article takes you through the many types of handbags available. Scroll down.
Fashionhance Staff
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2018
Some accessories are extremely popular and will probably never lose their charm no matter how much time passes by. They are also known as a woman's best friend, as they go with her everywhere and carry all the important belongings she needs. Well, you guessed it right, it is the handbag! It is one of the most important factors of a woman's attire. And for most of them it is an obsession to own a variety of handbags to suit different occasions and attire. Such bagista's even have a separate closet assigned for all their purses and handbags!

Now, there are innumerable types of handbags for women, some handbags draw inspiration from other handbags for their design, while some are exclusively different from the rest. Listed below are a few types of handbags commonly used by women and which attire do they match the best. This article will leave a smile on a woman's face; however, men too must read this article as handbags are one of the most fantastic gift ideas you may want to consider for the woman of your life. Therefore, without much ado, let's get going.
Tote Bag
Tote Bag
Commonly known as a shopper's bag. It is popular amongst teens and women who are always on the go. The straps of this bag can be adjusted as per the required length and has an open up top or a zipper closure, making it stylish yet practical at the same time.
Shoulder Bag
Shoulder Bag
It is by far the most popular bag carried by women today. It consists of a single or double strap, long enough to carry over the shoulder. This type of handbag comes in various sizes, shapes and materials to match your attire and convenience.
Duffel Bag
Duffel Bag
Duffel bags are usually large with a drawstring opening at the top and used for sports or as travel bags. Its name originates from a town in Belgium, named "Duffel", where the thick cloth used to make this bag was produced. It can accommodate a whole lot of stuff than any other handbag.
Hobo Bag
Hobo Bag
Hobo bags are those which are usually defined by a crescent shape, which tends to crunch downwards when carried or laid down and is designed to wear over the shoulder. These bags have a roomy compartment with a zip top and are popular for their ease to carry around on any occasion, while still looking stylish.
Satchel
Satchel
A satchel is quite an organized bag and comes in various sizes and shapes. It is wide, flat at the bottom and comes in with one or sometimes two large straps that goes over one shoulder and across the body. Its pockets and compartments are better organized. It is apt for women who require an elegant yet spacious bag to carry important documents and other essentials on a daily basis.
Backpack
Backpack
If you thought that the backpack was only for school going kids, you may be wrong. A cute yet stylish backpack can make a style statement. These bags come with double handles that lie across the back while they are supported by the shoulders. Since it sits comfortably on your back you don't have to make a conscious effort of carrying it everywhere you go; as it invariably goes with you.
Clutch
Clutch
A clutch seems to be the most popular accessory donned by most women. The credit goes to its size and the grip with which it can be held with ease. It is small but long along its length without a handle. Hence, you have to clutch it in your hands, probably that's how it derives its name!
Wristlet
Wristlet
A wristlet is a clutch shaped bag with a small strap at its one end (like in the picture above), which allows the one carrying it to attach the strap on to the person's wrist, that's how it gets its name. Moreover, you can move freely while the purse stays safe, hung on your wrist.
Saddle Bag
Saddle Bag
Imagine a bag on a saddle strap, that is exactly what a saddle bag is. Designers draw inspiration from this type of bag for their other handbag designs. Apart from the designer appeal that this handbag dons, it also provides ample pockets for every imaginable accessory.
Barrel Bag
Barrel Bag
As the name suggests a barrel bag is barrel-shaped, that is, horizontally circular and elongated with a lot of space to carry your belongings. This style of bag usually has a long strap to hang over the shoulders. This kind of bag looks stunning when teamed with casual denim attire.
Makeup Bag
Makeup Bag
Do I really have to say anything about this type of handbag? I mean this type of handbag is every woman's best friend. A cosmetic bag varies in size, shape and style. However, the basic purpose of it is to hold cosmetics, therefore every compartment is designed in a way that allows you to carry your cosmetics safely without spilling or damaging them.
Beach Bag
Beach Bag
Beach bags are these large colorful bags made of cloth, straw, jute, or even a mix of linen and leather. Although these bags are called beach bags, their use is not restricted to the beach, but are also ideal for picnics, the gym, or simply carrying it on a casual attire. They are colorful, stylish and over-sized, which adds a touch of class to your personality when you carry it.
Athletic Bag
Athletic Bag
As the name suggests an athletic bag is a roomy bag that allows one to keep sports equipment and gym apparel. One can usually sling it across the shoulders or simply carry it like any other handbag.
Muff Bag
Muff Bag
A muff bag is a winter bag made of wool, fur, or velvet. It has zippered compartments and openings at the ends, where you can slip in your hands to keep them warm during extremely cold temperatures.
Now, whether you have a leather bag or a cloth bag, they are best stored in closets. Keeping them outside can attract dust and hamper their durability, making them look dull and lusterless. You can also place your handbags in a cloth bag to ensure its proper maintenance.
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