Monday, February 15, 2010

1960s and 70s Inspired Handbags

Looking for the ideal piece to serve as a complement to your next special occasion? 1960s and 1970s inspired handbags are making a reappearance. Styles not seen since the Beatles first sang on the Ed Sullivan show are weaving their way back into the public consciousness, and just in time. These handbags are seriously stylish, and are perfect for parties both formal and more casual.

It’s easy to trace the beginning of the 1960s handbag movement. Just take a look at Jackie Kennedy’s wardrobe for inspiration. She embodied everything class, and her handbags follow that line of thought to a tee. Simple, graceful designs ruled the day, from some of the same famous designers that are currently popular.

Pull up an Internet search of Jackie, and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about; she was almost never photographed without one of these distinctive handbags. What a coincidence then, that the buzzword in handbags at the moment is 'classic'. Not only does the recession mean that ladies want to buy something that'll last for more than one season, more formal, briefcase style handbags are replacing slouchy totes as the current must-haves. Look at designers such as Mulberry for these timeless beauties.

As the decade moved on, in the United States civil rights and the Vietnam War took center stage, evoking new styles in fashion right at the same time. This was also the era of Woodstock, and handbags took on the same, freestyle affectations of the music. Many of the purses from this era were handmade, completely unique pieces, so if you’re lucky enough to find one, it’s likely to be one of a kind. Materials were also quite different; rather than the standard leather or cloth fabric, you might encounter woven straw.

Match one of these handbags with a distinctive dress, and you have the makings of the perfect outfit for any occasion. If you can't find the right thing at your local vintage or second-hand store, there are still many styles on the High Street that can help you create the look - choose suede fringing, woven patterns and beaded embellishment as a nod to laid back, Woodstock cool.

Moving on to handbags from the 1970s, you’ll find pretty much what you expected to encounter: the funky designs that were inspired by the era of disco. This was a time to leave your cares at the door, and handbags were no exception. Handbags of the early to mid 1970s are full of crazy colors and designs that fit right in amidst the crazy atmosphere of a club like Studio 54 in New York. These supremely vintage pieces are found in all shapes and sizes; experiment for a bit and you’ll find the one that suits your personality perfectly.

Are you heading to a special occasion soon, and looking for the perfect handbag from the 1960s or 1970s? Start by selecting the dress that you’ll wear from your closet or a fashion shop, and then take it with you on your quest to find your ideal handbag. You don’t have to wear it; simply bring it along so that you can compare style and color. This way, you ensure that you don’t purchase two shades that clash when worn together, always a fashionista’s worst nightmare. Although 4 different shades of blue are never going to look good on anyone, don't been afraid of choosing acid bright colours or daring patterns - making a statement always looks great!

The 1960s and 1970s were decades that held their own special appeal when it comes to handbags. With a bit of effort, you can find a glorious handbag from this era that will be the perfect addition to your closet, ready to wow onlookers for any occasion.

The most important thing that you can take away from this article is that 60s and 70s inspired looks aren't only suitable for fancy-dress parties. Choosing one or two retro-inspired pieces, such as a handbag and scarf, belt or bangle, can bring a whole new feel to any old outfit. Be daring and try it this weekend!

The author of this article, guest blogger Pauline Goodman owns her own handbag business in the UK and writes articles on anything to do with fashion and accessories. In her spare time she's a doting Grandmother, and any free minutes in between are spent updating her Twitter feed at

1 comment:

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