Whats your “Handbag Persona”? Are you away from home for extended periods of time and need a huge Hobo style handbag with lots of big pockets and space to carry your makeup, cell phone, tissues, hair brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand sanitizer, sanitary napkins or tampons, medications, and even more? Or are you a minimalist that only requires the use of a clutch or baguette to carry just the bare essentials, a wallet, cell phone and car keys? Besides size you’ll also want to consider color and style to compliment your wardrobe and overall fashion style. Of course, this means you’ll need several handbags to go with a variety of attire. Even your body style can influence your choice. The correct shape of a handbag can enhance your overall appearance, for example, if your body type is pleasingly plump, try carrying a long, slim handbag. If you are tall and thin, a square or round handbag will compliment your look. In general try to choose a handbag that contrasts your body style.
Types of Designer Handbags – Which One (Or Two or Three) is Right for You?
The “Hand” Bag – This is a small bag with a short handle and is meant to be carried by the handle with one hand. It’s small size limits it’s ability to carry much contents. This bag is the most common of all handbags and comes in a variety of colors and styles. It is best paired with semi-formal or formal attire.
The Satchel – This handbag has a long strap and is designed to be slung over the shoulder, either hanging on one side or diagonally across the body with the bag resting on the opposite hip. These bags are made from soft material and are considered to be used for casual use, generally for carrying books, notebook computers and other office gear.
The Clutch – Also known as a Baguette, is a small, usually long and rectangle handbag without a handle, although some come with a detachable chain or strap. It is meant to be carried by hand or “clutched”, thus its name. Because of its small size, the clutch is not meant to be used as an everyday handbag, it is used primarily in the evening for more formal occasions.
The Hobo Handbag – This bag is large and generally constructed in the form of a half moon or crescent shape with a medium or long length strap for slinging over the shoulder. It is made from soft material such as supple leather or cloth which causes it to “slump” when set down. It gets its name from the fact that it resembles the pouch attached to the end of a stick that hobos are shown carrying in old movies and cartoons.
The Shoulder Strap Handbag – This is one of the most common types of handbag and is designed with a medium length strap to be hung over the shoulder. This bag comes in a large variety of shapes, colors, designs and sizes but is usually constructed from soft material, it’s very versatile and can be worn with a variety of outfits from casual to semi-formal.
The Tote Handbag – The Tote, meaning “to carry” is a very casual but useful type of handbag. It is usually made of less expensive cloth or other soft material. Totes are usually fairly large and come with medium to long length straps. They’re great for shopping at the super market, running errands around town, to take on trips or to the beach. Some tote bags are designed to carry notebook computers as well as other items.