Bags are one of the oldest fashion accessories in the world. They have been used since prehistoric times to carry items like tools, food and supplies. Today bags are still used to carry items, however, their designs have evolved slightly over the last 10,000 years. They have become both a fashion item and a functional item. This dual function has lead to the development of five main categories of bags: shoulder bags, totes, travel bags, clutches and sports bags.
Shoulder bags are identified by a long shoulder strap that is attached to the bag. The bag itself is generally rectangular in shape and it generally has one large interior compartment and several smaller compartments that are used to organize items inside the bag. These bags come in many sizes, however, they tend to be on the large side.
Tote bags have very simple designs. They are a basic rectangle shape with two short handles. These bags are used to carry everything from groceries to books. They are also used as a casual bag when people go to the park or to the beach.
Travel bags come in several varieties. Their purpose is to keep your clothing and personal items organized and contained while you are traveling. Small travel bags include vanity bags, toiletry kits and fanny packs. Larger travel bags include suitcases, wardrobe bags and carry-on bags.
One of the most fashionable categories of bags is the clutch category. Clutches are dainty little bags that are designed to hold and organize the items that women need when they go out on the town. They are generally only slightly larger than a woman’s hand and they tend to be very decorative. Clutches can be used to add a punch of color or whimsy to a formal outfit.
The final type of bag that you can add to your wardrobe is sports bags. Sports bags are used to organize and carry sports supplies and gear. Backpacks fall under this category as do duffle bags. Sports bags generally have strong seams and are usually made from canvas, vinyl or leather. They also come in sporty colors and designs.