While handbags and clutches are meant to be held in the hand or under the arm, shoulder bags, as their name suggests, allow a woman to keep her personal items close without occupying her hands. As such, shoulder bags are often the most visible accent to a woman's outfit.

Some of the designers who have made shoulder bags their calling cards include Coco Chanel, whose first shoulder bags in 1929 were made of the same jersey wool as her suits. More recently, in the 1960s, French designer Paco Rabanne updated the Edwardian mesh reticule with his chainmail shoulder bags. Across the English Chanel, Mary Quant fashioned pop-art purses that hung from long leather straps and shiny chains.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Bag Lady University

Bag Lady University

Bag Lady University is the place to learn about handbag makers from Adrian's, which made Bakelite bags, to Whiting … [read review or visit site]

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Authentic Louis Vuitton "artsy" Empriente Infini Shoulder Bag Auth Chanel So Black Lamb Skin 10" Plastic Double Chain Shoulder Bag R4259Auth Chanel So Black Lamb Skin 9.84" Single Plastic Chain Shoulder Bag R4263Ysl Cassandre Tassle Black Leather Clutch Shoulder BagAuth Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Mombasa Horn Shoulder Bag Handbag PurseAuth Chanel Black Caviar Skin 10.03" Grand Bag Chain Shoulder Tote Gold Hw R6350Burberry Metallic Pewter Perforated Leather Shoulder BagAuth Chanel Black Lamb Skin Mini 7.48" Single Chain Shoulder Bag Ghw R1996Auth Chanel Cc Black Lamb Skin Mini 6.69" Single Chain Shoulder Bag Gold Hw C753Authentic Vintage Chanel Black Leather Chevron Style Flap Shoulder Bag W/dustbag2501 Chanel Cc Logo Quilted Lambskin Double Flap Chain Shoulder Hand Bag PurseMichael Kors Fulton_black_leather_lg_shoulder_tote_bag_msrp $398 *free Shipping*Auth Chanel Black Lamb Skin 10" Double Flap 2.55 Chain Shoulder Bag Ghw U838Auth Chanel Black Lamb Skin 10" Double Flap 2.55 Chain Shoulder Bag Ghw R4261Michael Kors Sutton Stripe Leather Md Satchel Shoulder Bag Msrp $348 *free S/h *Bottega Veneta Pink Intrecciato Leather Frame Shoulder BagTory Burch Ella Canvas Coated Camel Patent Shoulder Tote Purse Bag $195 Hji879Auth Miu Miu By Prada Vitello Shine Pink Leather Satchel/shoulder Bag Rn0685Chloe Black Leather Gold Turnlock Chain Strap Small Elsie Shoulder BagTod's Black Pebbled Leather Topstitched Shoulder BagAuthentic Louis Vuitton Delightful Mm Shoulder Bag Purse Monogram M40353 Ts1277Auth Chanel Black Lamb Skin 11.81" Chain Shoulder Tote Bag Silver Hw R4260Auth Vtg Chanel Cc Black Lamb Skin 8.66" Single Chain Shoulder Bag Gold Hw Z777Auth Chanel Need Repair Cc Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag Free Shipping 5235eMichael Kors Specchio Sutton Pearl Grey Leather Satchel Shoulder Bag Msrp $298 Rare Vintage Chanel Shoulder/cross-body Handbag -- No Reserve!Pre-owned Goyard Black St. Louis Gm Tote Shoulder Bag Authentic!Genuine Burberry Green Check Canvas & Brown Leather Bucket Tote Shoulder HandbagAuth Chanel White Lamb Skin 10" Double Flap 2.55 Chain Shoulder Bag Shw R1995Auth Chanel Cc Black Patent Leather 9.64" Single Chain Shoulder Bag Ghw R1873Genuine Rare Gucci Turquoise Canvas & White Leather Small Jackie O Shoulder BagAuth Chanel Black Rumpled Patent Leather Jumbo Double Chain Shoulder Bag R1997Louis Vuitton Neverfull Gm Damier Azur Canvas Tote Shoulder BagGucci Black Leather Silver Hardware Stirrup Shoulder BagWomen's Authentic Louis Vuitton Mm Neverfull Monogram Shoulder Bag Michael Michael Kors Brown Textured Shoulder Purse Tote Handbag Large BhfoAuth Chanel Black Patent Leather 9.05" Double Chain Shoulder Bag Gold Hw R4250Chanel Black Quilted Leather Woc Wallet On Chain Shoulder Flap Bag Handbag CcMarc By Marc Jacobs Beige Leather Shoulder Bag Purse Authentic 15" L X 11" HMichael Michael Kors Camel Brown Leather Bucket Style Shoulder Bag ToteAuthentic Chanel Black Sequin Quilted Small Shoulder BagPrada Black Leather Ladies Large Shoulder BagChanel Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag Vintage Guaranteed Authentic!Auth Chanel Black Lamb Skin Jumbo 11.81" W Chain Crossbody Shoulder Bag Z581Auth Chanel Beige Lamb Skin Jumbo 11.81" Double Flap Shoulder Bag Shw R8516Louis Vuitton Saumur 35 Monogram Authentic Cross Body Shoulder Bag (0297)Prada Black Nylon & Coated Ruched Quilted Shoulder BagChanel Evening Chain Shoulder Party BagMichael Kors Sutton Brown Saffiano Leather Lg Satchel Shoulder Bag Msrp $368.00Auth Vintage Gucci Shoulder Bag Brown 70s Very Good No ReserveAuth Chanel Red Lamb Skin Jumbo 13.38" Double Chain Shoulder Bag Ghw U850Authentic Chanel Lambskin Leather East West Black Flap Bag Shoulder Handbag Shw Authentic Burberry Nova Check Haymarket Tote Shoulder Hand Bag Authentic Vintage Burberry Haymarket Check Medium Shoulder Duffle Drawstring BagMint Michael Kors Astor Purple Studded Suede Leather Shoulder Purse Satchel BagAuthentic Louis Vuitton Neverfull Gm Tote Monogram Purse Shoulder Bag - FranceBnwt Orla Kiely Multi Cross Hatch Stem Print Classic Shoulder Bag - Very Rare100% Auth Chanel Cc Logo Matelasse 7.2 Black Lambskin Chain Shoulder Bag (v40)Authentic Louis Vuitton Tivoli Gm Shoulder Bag Handbag Purse Monogram $1950$2500.00 Auth Christian Dior Black Leather Libertine Shoulder Bag Handbag Purse