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Ladies' Handbags.

Updated on November 6, 2016

Handbags have been essential to daily life ever since people have had something precious to carry around with them and only the items have changed over time. The very first mention of bag in written literature comes from the 14th century but has since become a household name.

Every woman has something on her shoulder or between her hands at all times. These are called bags. Bags are used for fashion and for carrying valuable items. However more ladies use bags for fashion. Bags are made from different materials ranging from cloth to straw to leather into different sizes and shapes. Bags are indications of societal status and they always leave an impression. There are many unique designs that have been created by renowned designers and departmental stores over the years which gives ladies many choices.

There are a number of classic shapes and styles of bag that remain even when trends changes. This is why most ladies tend to have one of each shape or style for regular use. They go for trendy ones that may go out of fashion anytime when the money is available to them or even rent them for particular occasions. The following bags may vary in pattern, colour, fabrics, designer e.t.c but they follow a particular concept and are essential to giving your outfit a stunning finishing touch.

Shoulder Bag


The shoulder handbag is perhaps the most common type of ladies' handbag because they are comfortable to carry. A lot of designers craft this kind of handbag in different materials while putting their personal touch to it. This can be any bag that is large enough to be carried over the shoulder, round the waist or across the chest. The shoulder straps can either be long or short depending on the lady preference but many have adjustable straps. They are usually big and allow you the use of your hand.



This simple style is what I call the classic mini-all purpose handbag. It can be your companion right from work, to a corporate meeting and to lunch without you feeling under or over dressed. These purses are usually medium-sized and can conveniently hold your wallet, phones, mini notepad for writers, pen and just a little make up to touch up in between events. It gives a ladylike look and is a perfect match with your slim skirt, dress or nice pants. The straps are usually at a length to be carried by hand as opposed to swung over the shoulder. You usually have to carry then by hand because of the length of their straps although some in addition to the hand strap comes with a long shoulder strap.

Tote Bags


Totes are rather popularly used as everyday bags though they are also good for those one night or weekend travel. Totes can be found in all types of fabrics but most designers make them, often in soft and cushy leather. This may be because it is used to carry a lot of load and has to be very durable. Most ladies go for regular shapes and neutral colours like black, silver, brown, grey, blue-black. These colours can be easily marched to any outfit without the fashion police sending a warrant out for your arrest.



Clutches are also called envelop bag. They made a big wave in the past and have made frequent comebacks in the few past seasons. They usually come with no strap and have to be held in the hand all through. Designers have made clutch bags everything from fancy, bejeweled styles to casual everyday looks so you have your pick. They are perfect compliment to those feminine and cute dinner wears. They are usually small and are better for ladies that don’t carry too much. It might only take a phone and your wallet. some might be large enough to squeeze in your flat slippers for when your feet gets tired of those dancing high heel shoes.



Wristlets are like small purses but most have a keychain strap that can be connected to a larger bag. You can use them to keep important items, such as keys, money, letters, separate from the rest of the contents of a larger bag. Many designers currently have wristlets as part of their purse inventory, including Marc Jacobs. They come in very bright or colorful patterns because they are cute and attractive on the wrist. They are not particularly considered to be a type of bag but are usually classified with purses.


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      ChristinCordle12 6 years ago

      I love all those bags! Thanks for sharing this hub!

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      Fikayo Balogun 7 years ago from London

      Hum I like you too and I've done a few shopping myself. let me tell you a secret don't tell anyone. I got to the bag section of one of those big label shops and I had to sit on the floor for a while to calm down the effect the different colours of bag had on me. it was so lovely. like I was in heaven just moment before God sent down the rainbow. can't think of any sight more moving than that. Shop away girl friend. xxx

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      kimberlyslyrics 7 years ago

      ha, love ya already, swear been shopping ever since this hub-told my mate its your fault lol but he didn't buy it or anything!!!!!! the week is young girl, let you know when I get what I get-but am clicking through here,

      gotta have fun I say


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      Fikayo Balogun 7 years ago from London

      thanks Kimberly. I'm just getting started on my own addiction.

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      kimberlyslyrics 7 years ago

      great hub!

      I think my addiction to purses is worsening. I am so pleased. lmao