About a week ago, I posted that I was having an issue with the amount of purses that I own. Really, the primary issue is that I rarely use them. In order to take the photos that you’ll now see, I had to go digging through a closet where they are all stacked neatly in a box.
Some of them are a bit scuffed up because at some point in their lifetime, someone used to actually wear them. Seeing these minor scuffs makes me happy. It tells me that their lives didn’t always suck. Maybe I should set them free into the world like one of those cheesy ballads about loving and letting go. Hmm. That sounds drastic and I’ve got too much going on in my life right now to start making big sweeping drastic moves like getting rid of my bags. So, they are going on rotation.
One of my absolute favorite types of vintage bag are these chain mail types. They feel so good to the touch.
Even the strap is special. Do you have any idea how nice it feels to rub this through your fingers while waiting in line somewhere? It’s so good. Why am I not wearing this more?
Here’s a strapless bag that I’d tuck under my arm if I’m going someplace casual. I’d normally pair it with a flowy sundress for contrast to its stiffness.
I’m a huge fan of texture and little details. Again, just running my hands over it feels nice.
This bag is something that I would wear out to dinner with friends. I’d take my ID and cards out of my wallet to avoid bulkiness and toss in my phone and keys as well. Clean and simple. Plus, the color is a great neutral.
Goodness knows I need some neutrals in my life.
I like to call this next vintage bag my old lady bag. To me it screams grandma, but I love that. I wear it mostly with blue jeans to keep it fresh.
Now, all I need is an assortment of hard candies and peppermints tucked inside to give to random children, and my transformation will be complete.
I’ve had this vintage white chain mail bag for probably the longest time of them all. It was the first one that I ever found, and it was love at first sight.
You know you want to run your hands over it. Because of the sharp gold trim, I tend to reserve this bag for more formal styles. A dark sheath dress and closed toe pumps is a perfect backdrop for it.
And because it hangs so beautifully with this lovely strap, I like to take it places where I’ll be standing a good deal of the time.
Jeans, skirts, dresses. This is a very versatile bag as it matches just about every casual outfit that I own.
Another perk is that it can hold a lot. Lip gloss, my journal, phone, keys, pepper spray. You know, the ladies’ best friend type of stuff. I also find that many vintage bags have these metal clips inside that hold the bag open or snap it shut. It’s a cool little feature that I love.
Let’s move from casual to Where the heck does she think she’s going? This is my I’m going to a wedding, that’s where bag.
Honestly, it makes a shaking sound while swaying in my hands and that’s more than enough for me. It can barely fit a damn thing. I actually have to take my phone out of it’s case for it to get in there, but sometimes in life we sacrifice for a worthy cause. Here’s mine.
What decade does this vintage bag make you think of? For me, it’s purely 80s. And while the 80s was not my most attractive period (did anyone really look good in the 80s) I do have a little place in my heart for shoulder pad power, rock and roll influence and electric blue.
It’s got a little wear and tear and needs some polishing, but who sees this and doesn’t want to run to their nearest thrift store for a Wall Street power suit in bright red? If only life were so generous… I remember fighting with my mom because she demanded that I leave all shoulder pads of every jacket and shirt intact, and I wanted them all removed. Now look at me.
This is definitely my hippie bag, and one of the bags I tend to wear most often. Yes, it’s cavernous. I can even fit certain books into it, which you know means a whole lot to me. Check out all this room for activities!
Never mind my hideously short nails. Check out the sweet curved zipper and pleats. This bag goes especially well with greens, yellows and florals.
This vintage wallet has been my love for quite a few years now. Unfortunately, because it’s so delicate, I don’t wear it too often. Instead, I keep it on my dresser next to my vintage opera binoculars and some beautiful candlesticks.
This wallet is one of my favorite things at home. It’s got lovely bead work and a cool surprise on the back of it.
Hang on tight. This is gonna be great.
I’m hoping to one day take they lining in to be repaired or replaced. Of course, I’d prefer repaired. If you are going to the ballet and you want to make a statement during intermission, walk around with this beauty.
This brown bag can be worn many ways, but my favorite is paired with dark denim and a white or off-white shirt and a killer pair of heels. With a little polishing, this bag speaks power, control and elegance, all things I could use a bit more of.
Let’s end this post with a party. Would you like an Amaretto sour? A gin and tonic, a dry martini?
This bag makes me want to walk into a scene of Mad Men. I glide into a lounge wearing a waist-cinching black dress and big circular jeweled earrings. I take a seat at the bar, place my bag on the counter where it glows with colors of the room and order a drink.
Across the bar, a sharply dressed man is trying to get my attention with his eyes…
Well ladies, this has been a tour of my vintage bag collection and I hope that you enjoyed it. My aim to help women realize that fashion and beauty does not have to come at a high price. Using your imagination and daring to try what others won’t is what makes outfits memorable.
You may not find these exact bags, and you may not want to. This is my style. But I promise you that an open mind and a little investment of time will help you to find just the right vintage bag to sit your wardrobe.
Just as a side note: I do try to keep my purchases of leather goods to mainly thrift stores. Some people are totally against their purchase, and that’s understandable and commendable. But if you’d like to do something to help protect animals from the awful practices associated with the leather industry, but you still love leather, I think it’s a good place to start.
So tell me, ladies, which was your favorite bag, and how would you wear it?