Women carry handbags for a variety of reasons. Using the bag for practical reasons such as carrying belongings sways a person to a larger shoulder handbag or backpack bag. A clutch is the perfect accessory for a night out to hold your lipstick, phone and money. A handy crossbody carries your essentials and lets you wander hands free without the bulk of a shoulder bag. Themed handbags such as a cassette tape or telephone bag are eye-catching and be used as a conversation starter. A good designer handbag while having a functional purpose also showcases an eye for style. Some handbags with bold patterns or fantastic art renderings are a way to serve as a creative outlet for the carrier. Designer handbags are a good investment as they tend to last longer than retail handbags and their resale value is a handy way to make cash.