In the category of women's handbags, you will find some styles referred to as cross body bags. These are shoulder bags that have a long shoulder strap designed to be placed across the body rather than just hung over one shoulder. You will find these handbags in a variety of styles and sizes to suit the needs of most women. The basic clutch purse can be found with this longer strap used for carrying the item. The clutch bag can come as a style that has a fold over front flap with a magnetic closure or as a style with a zippered top section.
There are also several handbags designed as large organizer styles. These will usually come with outer compartments on the front of the bag where you can place small items. Some of these small pockets or compartments will have a zipper closure while others have a traditional snap closure. The materials used in creating all of these easy to carry handbags will vary. Many stylish designs use genuine leather as the outer material. The leather can come as a smooth grain or as a brushed suede. The leather styles will also be available in assorted colors ranging from classic black to vibrant red.
You can also find the strap purses made as cross body styles constructed with various types of fabric. The fabric can come as a solid or printed material, which will create a different design for the purse it is used in creating. A roomy tote bag by Vera Bradley is available in a paisley flower print in several color choices. This particular bag has a very retro sixties look and incorporates fabrics with colors that enhance the vintage design of the piece. It is made of one hundred percent cotton and has a strap that can be adjusted for length.
The advantage to using cross body bags is in how they are designed to relieve strain from your shoulder. Often women who carry heavy shoulder bags will suffer from shoulder and neck pain. This can also occur if you carry your purse for prolonged periods of time. Another benefit in using this type of method for carrying your handbag is that it cannot be knocked off or dislodged from your shoulder if you bump into other people. This can be frustrating when you travel through a busy place such as an airline terminal or a shopping center.