Thursday, May 5, 2011

Handbag Shopping - Finding the Right Handbag for Your Style and Needs

Executive summary about handbag by Alison Christian

In today's market, there are numerous styles and varieties of ladies handbags to choose from. Most women will tell you that their most important accessory is the handbag that they carry. The beauty about handbags is they allow women to express their fashion sense every single day even if the rest of their ensemble does not. Most women have a general sense of what style handbag they are looking for, but with so many different kinds online and in retail stores these days, it's hard to identify the true type of handbag that fits your needs. If a sales associate asked you if you were looking for a satchel or a tote bag, would you automatically know the answer, or for that matter, would you know what a satchel was? Well, in this article, my goal is to help educate you on what types of handbags exist today in the market and to help you identify what style of purse is best for your needs.

Shoulder Bags: shoulder bags are the most popular term and more inclusive way to identify any type of purse that basically has one or two straps for wearing over your shoulder. Shoulder bags can include styles such as satchels, hobo bags and tote bags.

Satchel Bags: the most common feature in satchel bags is the two handles designed for carrying the bag. Satchel bags often have wide flat bottoms and come with a zippered or clasped closure on top. Most satchel bags come with a removable shoulder strap(s). The most recognizable form of the satchel bag resembles the bags doctors used to carry when making house calls.

Clutch: a bag with no handles that must be carried in one hand or under the arm. Clutches are the most popular form of evening bags as they are typically smaller and easier to escort your bare necessities.

Hobo bag: a large shoulder bag or purse that typically resembles a half-moon or crescent shape. Hobo bags tend to be a bit slouchy and to crunch down when carried or set down. The E/W refers to East/West or more horizontal shape while the N/S refers to North/South meaning a more vertical shaped handbag.

Tote bag: this popular shoulder bag inspired by the shopping bag, is sturdy and rectangular with an open top and two strap handles. Tote bags used to carry things such as beach wear, books, groceries, etc. and have now evolved to a more fashionable handbag. This bag is perfect for the woman who carries many things in her purse.

There are many more styles of handbags that exist on the market today, but the styles listed above are by far the most popular and functional styles. Factors to consider when choosing the right style handbag for you are the price, material and brand. If you are a busy mom who is looking for a tote bag to carry your kids' belongings or double as a baby bag, then you may not be interested in a leather designer brand handbag.

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