Handbags are a staple of most women’s wardrobes. Whether they are for specific tasks or they are for everyday wear, most women own at least one. There is a variety of handbag types for all occasions and purposes. A woman on the go should have as many of them as possible.
The clutch handbag type is not for everyday use. It is small and has, at most, a small strap that goes around the wrist. These handbags are great for days when a woman only needs a bit of cash and maybe a cell phone. They work well with formal wear because there is no bulk to detract from or hide parts of the outfit. They also take up very little space. Therefore, in a formal sitting environment, a woman does not have to worry about tucking her handbag under the table. It can sit in her lap or her chair without causing any discomfort or inconvenience.
Tote handbags are significantly larger than clutch bags. They have open tops, straps for carrying by hand or on the shoulder and often have several compartments. These are great for when women have to carry items like feminine products, wallets, phones, papers and tissues. Mommies will find that large totes can accommodate juice boxes, snacks and band-aids for their little ones as well.
Athletic handbags are duffel bags of sorts. They can be used for so much more than athletics, though. They make great travel bags and beach bags. They are definitely not for formal events or everyday carrying, though they might be used every day.
4. Hobo Bag
Hobo bags are a lot like totes, except they have a zipper or snap closure. They are casual, roomy and great everyday handbags for women who carry a lot of stuff around. Despite the name, they tend to be a little more stylish than tote bags. They can also be left open for the ease of access that tote bags allow.
5. Messenger Bag
Messenger bags are absolute must haves for women in the business world who can go a little casual. They are great for women who just tend to carry notebooks and things and like to do so with a shoulder strap bag. Messenger bags are rectangular and allow for papers, clipboards, notebooks, pens and some even fit laptops.
Satchel is one of those words that are synonymous with bag. In the world of handbags, it has a specific meaning. A satchel is a handbag that has double handles and is on the medium to large side. It opens in the center and has closure there. It may have multiple pockets or a single pouch. It typically has a flat bottom and is rectangular. With the above handbags, a woman can do anything. She can go to a business meeting, the gym, the beach, a cocktail party, a protest, a concert and anywhere else she needs to go. Of course, every woman should make sure her handbag collections suit the various styles she would wear for the occasion the handbags represent. For example, a clutch should suit a woman’s formal wardrobe. Some women may need one or more of each type for this to work.
Pictured: Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel