Versatile Vintage Handbags

To finish up this series I thought I would share with you some gorgeous and versatile vintage handbags that I would love to add to my collection.

As always, I have linked the photos for your convenience.

The Satchel – How could I not be drawn to this leather satchel? With all the hoopla going on about the Cambridge Satchel, this seemed like a great buy for under $75. It definitely has that schoolbag look that is so popular now. It may not be in one of the on trend neon colours BUT in this classic light brown leather you would be able to wear it for years and with just about any look, preppy, office, weekend casual, you’d be covered. Which makes the cost per wear an absolute bargain! I imagine in its previous life this bag lived in the country, probably at a manor house.

Not so Patent Black – This is another bag that reminded me of some of the current designer handbags (thinking a little bit Prada), but again well under the designer price. This Patent Croc bag is under $100. The classic design would be perfect for the serious business woman in all of us. Suits, pencil skirts, peplums, these are the items this skirt conjures up in my mind. This bag is a city girl, metropolitan all the way. She’s used to attending important business meetings.

The Actress – Yep, she’s a scene stealer. Perfect for those needed pops of colour and bang on trend in the brights department. This one would look good with the candy and pastel colours being worn for Spring in the northern hemisphere and would look great with the blacks and browns being worn throughout the southern hemisphere winter. She can play any part.

The Classic – Classic in every sense but bold enough to go red. This bag would be used to having a tube of red lipstick always in the side pocket…can’t leave home without it! This bag truly does it all, shoulder or handheld, classic looks or pop of colour, relaxed country or city vibe. It’s all happening. I could wear this bag to work but really like the idea of pairing it up with jeans, a button-down and cardigan for a classic weekend look. And the best bit? Vintage Coach – under $70!

The Big Clutch – First thing that caught my eye with this clutch was the handle at the top. You can either hold it in the conventional manner or it can be used like you see so many clutches these days with your hand slipped through the opening and the body of the bag being held, which gives it a contemporary feel. Second thing that caught my eye…the size! This is not your standard wimpy little clutch. You can carry a lot of things in this bag, which make it great for the weekend getaways. Cute and relaxed yet big enough to throw a few necessities inside.

A Little Burgundy? – And our last bag, this little burgundy number. Colour on trend – check. Classic style – check. Perfect compact size – double-check. Price ($30) – check mate! I like that this clutch would be handy for work but with the smaller size it also makes a great after-work bag. Plenty big enough for the essentials but not so big it’s going to get in the way. Plus the classic style and colour mean it can be styled up or down to work with whatever look you have going on.

This series, looking at the vintage items in my wardrobe has been fun. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I really do think that having vintage items in your wardrobe can add a lot of personality and really help you show off your style by wearing one of kind items with a bit of history about them. Not to mention if you ever get stuck on how to style vintage, you just look at the piece, imagine the life it had before you and play on what comes to mind.

I really would like to try a couple little stories about the imagined previous life of some of my vintage pieces. If only I can find the time!

Did any of my vintage items speak to you about the life they had before coming to me? Or any you would like to here from or about?


About astimegoesbuy

Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

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