What used to be a pouch used to carry necessities has evolved into a major fashion statement used to carry more fashion and everyday essentials. It is sometimes a status symbol, and honestly it always has been. In fact, did you know Louis Vuitton has been around since 1854? Whether you consider your purse a necessary accessory or just a frivolous bag, the history of the whole handbag is intriguing.
1800-1920s: This is when a more modern handbag came about. People began to travel, so the need for different bags and cases was greater. Louis Vuitton designed a travel case that was durable yet fashionable with the wealthy class. The modern handbag was first small suitcases before it evolved into what we know now. Brand names like Prada and Hermes came about in this time to create what we know as the designer handbag.
The 1920s brought about the clutch, and it became very popular among women wanting to be taken seriously. The 30s and 40s brought about novelty bags, although clutches were still popular. Purses were made into different shapes and styles, whether it was an animal or a particular object. These gave way to a more sturdy and industrial look to the designers in Europe once World War II rolled around. They were simple and useful and made out of any materials that could be found. In America, however, large suede and crocodile bags were popular during war time.
1945-1960s: European designers began making couture handbags. Designer bags became all the rage, including styles from CoCo Chanel and Hermes. In fact Grace Kelly carried a Hermes bag, which is why it is name the Hermes Kelly bag to this day. It showed an air of elegance and sophistication.
1960-1970s: The status of a woman was determined by the bag she was carrying. Fashion was big in the 60s, and handbags were fun and quirky for the younger crowd. Bold prints and odd materials were used in designing purses and were made to cater towards all social statuses. Of course, hippies loved the cross-shoulder bag because it allowed more freedom.
1980-2000s: Designer handbags, backpacks, big bags were the name of the game. Business women carried bags to represent their drive in the marketplace. The bag called the Baguette was also around and named because it fit under a woman’s arm like a loaf of bread.
2000-now: Handbags are true fashion statements. You have a purse for every season in any color you can imagine! Even those with low budgets tend to spend a lot of money to have a certain logo on their purse.
Purses have been around for centuries, but their use has changed over time. Whether you have the “it” bag of the season or an old trusty stand-by, the fact is that every woman carries one in some form or another. Besides, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right?
Contemporary & Vintage Style in White
It turns out, the hottest color for spring is often overlooked as a color at all. The spring 2014 New York fashion week runways were beaming with white from such top designers as Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren & Phillip Lim. White represents purity and freshness unlike any other color. It evokes memories of weddings, the spring, something pristine you do not want to tarnish or stain. Throughout time white has held many different meanings and has been used for many different traditions and customs.
White Throughout the Years
Although a crisp white outfit is certainly nothing new, it is how we use this color in our expression and in our décor that gives it new life and purpose. I personally hadn’t (until recently) bought anything white since I was old enough to buy my own clothes. When I was about 11 a woman came in to visit our girl scout troop to "read our colors.'' In other words to examine our skin tone, hair and eye color and inform us what colors would suit us best. Looking back, it was pretty cool for a bunch of young girls, who hadn't yet learned-or cared-that clothes should probably match.
I distinctly remember the women holding up a swatch of the color white to the side of my face. She made a disgusted look then told me "Honey ecru or off white is a much better choice for you."
I thought of this moment as I stood in the dressing room last week with a handful of white shirts. “Screw her!” I thought and laughed. It turns out white does look pretty good on me. I'm actually wearing my new white top right now as I type this post. The great thing is that it matches everything in my wardrobe. How do you use white in your wardrobe or throughout your home? What decade is your favorite? Don't miss a beat join my mailing list today!
Vintage Fashion Finds
Although not everyone enjoys the fabulous day that is Valentine’s Day, I think it is amazing. It is a wonderful opportunity to show people how much we care about them. And I don’t mean in the “chocolates and roses” or “will you marry me” sense of Valentine’s Day. Just to take a moment and let the special people in your lives know that they are loved and appreciated. My heart always melts when I see a Father give his daughter something special for Valentine’s Day.
My husband and I don’t go all out for Valentine’s Day. This year I wrote him an email (not as bad as it sounds). In the email I wrote about how I felt the first time I saw him. I also wrote about how he caught my attention because he was singing a Harry Connick Jr. song that I loved! This gave me the idea to set our entire relationship to music. In the email I talked about major events in our lives then linked to a YouTube video of the song we were listening to at the time. For example I added our wedding song and the songs that were playing when our children were born.
Whatever your plans are today I hope you are able to show someone love even if that person is yourself.
If you are looking for some inspiration for your Valentine’s outfit here are some fabulous Vintage Fashion Finds.
Purses are one of my favorite accessories. Go back in time with this collection and see how purses have evolved from the 1900′s up to the 1990′s.
1. 1900′s Whiting & Davis Antique Mesh Bag at FISHRAVEN http://www.etsy.com/listing/101218514/antique-mesh-bag-by-whiting-davis-c
2. 1910 Glass Beaded Purse at WINResale Shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/103288188/1910s-glass-micro-beaded-purse-with
3. 1920′s Flapper Beaded Purse at divelegant http://www.etsy.com/listing/98618965/vintage-1920s-flapper-black-silver
4. 1930′s Brown Purse at MrsPiggleWiggle http://www.etsy.com/listing/94337171/the-1930s-crocodile-handbag
5. 1940′s Velvet Beaded Purse at styleforlife http://www.etsy.com/listing/82877538/vintage-1940s-large-velvet-beaded-purse
6. 1950s Handbag Roberta di Camerino at DeseoVintage http://www.etsy.com/listing/87790957/vintage-1950s-handbag-purse-roberta-di
7. 1960′s Gucci Velvet & Satin Purse at CoutureArabesque http://www.etsy.com/listing/92335596/1960s-gucci-black-velvet-and-satin
8. 1970′s Chanel Classic at BelledeJourVintage http://www.etsy.com/listing/85123784/chanel-bag-classic-original-vintage-1970
9. 1980′s Oversized Slouch Purse at VerseauVintage http://www.etsy.com/listing/84996911/80s-vintage-large-and-slouchy-gray
10. 1990′s Valentino “viola” Cruelty Free Purse at kersongalleryps http://www.etsy.com/listing/100589714/vintage-valentino-1990s-viola-black-faux
A beautiful collection of Vintage pieces in shades of red, white & blue. Let these classics inspire you this 4th of July.
1. Vintage Scarf 1960′s by Vintage Eye Fashions http://www.etsy.com/listing/101512200/vintage-scarf-1960s-scarf-fashion-polka
2. Lady Bird Blue & Red Dress by Psycho Candy Vintage http://www.etsy.com/listing/98634109/ladybird
3. Mod Polka Dot Dress by Salvage Life http://www.etsy.com/listing/97869178/mod-polka-dot-mini-dress-with-blue-bow
4. 1940′s Red Peep Toe Shoes by Honey Talk Vintage http://www.etsy.com/listing/101557757/vintage-nos-1940s-shoes-red-summer-peep
5. Antique Lace Collar 1900′s by Vera Vague http://www.etsy.com/listing/102283515/antique-lace-ruffle-collar-1900s-white
6. 1970′s Bohemian Maxi Dress by Trendy Hip Buys Vintage http://www.etsy.com/listing/99635809/vintage-70s-red-turquoise-floral
7. 1950′s Transparent Handbag by Salvage Life http://www.etsy.com/listing/96995571/transparent-clutch-handbag-with
As this year comes to a close I find myself
reminiscing on years past while looking wide eyed towards what is to come. Enjoy
this beautiful collection of Vintage classics while toasting to a new year.
Thank you all for making this year amazing.
Tiffany & Co. Ring –
Dolce & Gabbana Men’s
Suit – http://www.etsy.com/listing/72236077/mens-suit-dolce-and-gabbana-designer
Red Velvet Dress – http://www.etsy.com/listing/86449347/sale-red-velvet-dress-50s-w-tulip-skirt
Mistletoe Print by retroprint – http://www.etsy.com/listing/84652295/christmas-mistletoe-watercolour-1970s
Vintage Hamilton Ladies Watch – http://www.etsy.com/listing/79010560/a-glorious-gift-for-hervintage-hamilton
Vintage Bulova Men’s Watch – http://www.etsy.com/listing/82190733/vintage-bulova-accutron-wrist-watch-mens
Cufflinks – http://www.etsy.com/listing/86677779/authentic-fireman-uniform-cuff-button
1920′s Pin – http://www.etsy.com/listing/87304541/ivar-t-holt-enamel-over-sterling-brooch
Dress it up with these timesless vintage dresses.
Glam it up!
This is NOT your grandmother’s purse…ok maybe it is!
Walk This Way
I Can See Clearly…Sometimes.
Keep it Cool
I hope you have enjoyed this latest Vintage Fashion Finds post.
Soft silk and cool cotton whites are my summer favorites.
Splashes of colorful accessories hit the mark.
Stay cool with flowing vintage dresses
Last but not least…..Vintage Jewelry
I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have. It took a lot of willpower
to not purchase some of these items :)
The June bride! The month of June was named after the Roman God of marriage,
Juno. Any young superstitious bride would have wanted their day to be blessed.
Many superstitions or traditions are still a part of contemporary
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something
blue.” With weddings so deeply rooted in the past it would stand to reason to
take a glimpse back at some fabulous vintage fashion wedding
This amazing Vintage Christian Dior wedding dress was featured in Vogue magazine
and I’m sure you can see why. The amazing details are what make this mint green
& ivory classic pop. These include a cathedral train of english tulle with
cumberband and a flowered bussel. Click on the link for more amazing photos.
Any bride would be blessed to wear any of these vintage jewels on their wedding
day. With prices ranging from $29.99 – $85 there is one perfect for every
I fell in love with the understated elegance of this dress. Gorgeous soutache
detailing on the top and sleeves plus a little keyhole design on the back make
this dress unique. This is the kind of dress that inspires me to renew my vows.
The right dress is nothing without the right accessories. This lucite purse is
in great condition and is sure to get noticed.
What an amazing 1950′s wedding dress. This dress has beautifully detailed
chiffon straps with pearl accents & soutache trim.
Last but most definitely not least is this stunning satin wedding dress that
would give contemporary designers a run for their money. This amazing 1958 dress
has a fabulous 1″ trim of rhinestones & pearls around the neckline.
This 1940′s/1950′s dress has become a little obsession of mine. I even
downloaded the picture so I could look at it whenever I want. Made by Coquette
this masterpiece incorporates a boned bodice, hip bustle and an extraordinary
mix of tulle and velvet. They had me at hip bustle.
One of my favorite color combinations are pink and red. This 1960′s broach is a
stunner. And why not? You can’t mix together rhinestones, glass cabs, & faux
pearls & come up with anything less than beautiful. What makes this piece
stand out from others I ‘ve seen this week are those little spikes which gives
this broach a bit of an edge.
I am a black rim glasses wearing, Lisa Loeb/ Tina Fey kind of girl. I think this
is why my husband truly loves me ;) However, mine are nowhere near as cool as
these red cat eye glasses. Even their model name is “Kool”. My favorite part of
these glasses is the amazing cat eye shape. The dark red and grey tones help to
accentuate the shape and give them incredible dimension.
These fabulous peep toe heels are reminiscent of something my mother would have
given me to play dress up in when I was little. My favorite aspects of these
heels are the delicate ankle strap (so feminine), stacked heel and the amazing
deep red color suede.
Last but certainly not least is this amazing cherry red wicker purse. This
fabulous find is in great condition. It has metal hardware plus red leather on
the inside. Perfect for a lunch date in the park. Just beware of the big bad
Inspired by Elizabeth