As a fashion accessory, handbags can be categorized according to the silhouette of the bag, how it is worn as well as the type of handle. The current popular handbag silhouettes are
Baguette: a small, narrow, rectangular shape purse, resembling a French loaf of bread (baguette)
Bowling bag purse: a popular 1990s “retro” style for younger women, modelled after American bags used to carry bowling balls
Tote: medium to large bag with two straps and an open top or with zipper.
Drawstring: a purse that closes with a drawstring at the top, may have wrist- or shoulder-length straps, popular as an evening bag style
Half-moon: shaped as a half-moon.
Hobo: medium-size crescent-shaped bag with a top zipper and often a slouch or dip in the centre; a modern, casual silhouette.
Kiondo: a handwoven handbag made from sisal with leather trimmings. It is indigenous to Kenya.
Doctor’s bag: also known as a Gladstone bag, modelled after a Victorian era doctor’s bag for making housecalls.
Lighted: a handbag with a lighting system which has been attempted since the 1950s without success until recently when in 2011 the first successful lighted handbag was brought to market.
Minaudière: a small rectangular evening bag, usually hard-bodied, sometimes held inside a soft fabric bag that serves as a sleeve.
Muff: a winter bag made of real or faux fur, wool or velvet that has zippered compartments and a slip opening for hands.
Barrel: shaped like a barrel or closed tube, usually with shoulder-length straps
Messenger bag: one long strap worn across the body, inspired by bags worn by urban messengers to deliver business mail, a modern silhouette.
Pouch: small bag such as a pocket, teabag, money bag, sporran, etc..
Reticule: also known as a ridicule or indispensable, was a type of small drawstring handbag or purse, similar to a modern evening bag, used mainly from 1795 to 1820.
Satchel: a soft-sided case usually of leather
Saddle purse: shaped like a horse saddle, may have equestrian motifs and hardware to emphasize the design
Trapezoid: shaped as a trapezoid, usually made of stiff material.
Wristlet, a small handbag with a short carrying strap resembling a bracelet
Bucket bag: a round bag, shaped like a bucket, medium-size or large, with shoulder straps and a drawstring closure
Cross-body: one long strap that crosses over the body, with the bag resting at the front by the waist.
Sling bag: one long, wide strap that crosses over the body, with the bag resting on the back
Laptop purse: a medium to large bag that contains a padded interior compartment or sleeve for protecting a laptop computer
Clutch: a handbag without handles or with detachable chain strap, rectangular in shape, often an evening bag but used during the day as well.
Camera bag: for carrying photography equipment
Gym bag: for carrying toiletry items and the clothing and/or shoes a person intends to use for their workout
Cosmetic bag: a small bag for holding cosmetics, often made of synthetic waterproof protective material
Duffle bag: a large cylindrical bag usually used for travel or sports gear, sometimes called a “weekend bag”
Diaper bag: carry all necessities for baby with numerous pockets including a removable changing pad.
Pocketbook: small purse, rectangular shape
Security bag: protects the carrier from travel theft and includes an invisible stainless steel strap sewn into the fabric and a protectant on the main zipper.
Backpacks are another type of bags. These are worn on the back strapped on both shoulder from behind. Used mostly by students, camper and hikers.
Well, these are the types of bags worm and for different occasions. Some of these are still very popular and used differently in some occasions. You can get yours handmade and even Customized for a personal feel.
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