Monday, September 13, 2010

VINTAGE VIXEN: Top Handle Bags

Happy Fashion Week Fashionistas! I love Fashion week. Even if you aren't in NY, it is a fun time when all the blogs feature shows and parties, and the whole world seems a little more bent on paying attention to what people are wearing!

I promised an an all-weather post today, so I'm focusing on handbags. Which kind? Top handle handbags. They are ladylike and chic, harkening back to the 50's with modern ease. Top handle purses are perfect for holding by the handle in one hand, or wearing at the crease of your elbow. Think gloves and a belted dress for a full look, or carry one with pants and a jacket for a nod at Jackie O's style with modern elegance. Lots of companies are offering top-handle purses for a fortune this fall season. I say- go back to the inception! Buy a vintage purse in great condition and you can be stylish and thrifty. Win, win. Also, a small structured purse encourages you to narrow down what you are carrying to the bare minimum, so there will be no shoulder strain. Win, win, win! (We all need to downsize. My aching shoulders are begging me!)

A few select favorites below:

Vintage 1950s Night Without Stars Handbag. Price: $28.00

Prim and proper, here we come!

Vintage 60s ROOSTER CROWS Leather Handbag. Price: $40.00

Gorgeous color! How cute that it has a rooster. Most of these bags are patent and have a more evening feel. This one is unique and desirable because of the color and daytime appeal.

1960s black patent LEWIS kelly hand bag. Price: $15.00

What a steal! I love the gold detail. This one is cute and a bargain.

LADYLIKE Black Patent Handbag with Bamboo Handle. Price: $26.00

Wow! The bamboo handle is great. And as the description says, this bag is very Louis Vuitton Fall 2010. Precious.

50's Wool Ruched Top Kisslock Handbag. Price: $38.00

I like that this is wool. Also a little bigger than some of the other bags. Could work in daytime as well as nighttime. Very sweet bag.

Light grey larger faux leather structured Kelly Girl handbag snap top. Price: $25.00

Grey is great! I love the oversized handle detail here.

1950s SEEDBEADED porcelain evening clutch. Price: $20.00

Very vintage- gold and white, with scallops and beads. This is a sweet bag. Great price!

Vintage Black and Gold Leather Handbag. Price: $25.00

This bag is classic. Make sure to look at dimensions for these bags in the descriptions and get a sense for how big they really are. I will have a hard time transitioning to a smaller bag, but I love how dainty this look is. And shoulders be saved!

Till next time,
xoxo Vintage Vixen

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