No, the post titles don’t get any less obvious. This is going to be part vintage style guide, part love letter to my most expensive outfit purchase to date – my Lulu Guinness Mary bag.
Let’s start with the style bit!
Bags in the 50s and early 60s were an essential part of a lady’s outfit; not many would have been seen dead without a handbag that matched their ensemble – and that goes for shoes and gloves as well. They were usually made of leather and had short straps worn over the forearm or carried by hand a la Jackie Kennedy or Grace Kelly. The classic design most people associate with the era is the small rectangular leather or vinyl bag with a frame clasp at the top. The box shape was a popular variation of the theme at the time, meeting the mid-century lady’s love for a structured bag.
It’s actually surprisingly hard to find photos of women with handbags in the 50s and 60s – perhaps the celebrities like Marilyn had people to carry their stuff and didn’t need to trouble themselves with rooting around in the depths of a bag for their keys. So let’s go straight to some vintage styles that you can buy yourself this very day, if you so wish to.
|White box handbag, It’s Vintage Darling @ ASOS, £51|
|50s patent black box bag, handbaggallery.net, £57|
|Brown snake-skin box bag, handbaggallery.net, £42|