Put a (Vintage) Bag On It

I love the fall, because this is when I pull out my entire wardrobe of vintage bags.  They are the easiest way to add some character and charm when the weather gets cold and your big pea coat seems to dominate everything.  Worn leather, old tooled patterns and brass handles make us want to layer on some sweaters and go holiday shopping, or apple picking or cuddling!  There are several types of bags you should have in your wardrobe this fall so you can be ready to handle any one of those scenarios at a moment’s notice.

Your ultimate vintage bag collection (based on mine):

1. The coolest and not coincidentally favorite style of vintage bag for many a fashionable lady hipster (like me) is the combo Dr.’s weekender bowling ball bag.  It’s leather, has shortish handles can fit clothes for 2 days so can go pretty much anywhere especially over the holidays!  The only places we don’t suggest wearing this bag: weddings, galas, Miami.

2. Formal events beg for you to carry a cute envelope or top fastening clutch.  You really should not need much more in your purse for a wedding besides your phone, i.d, and of course your Chanel Passion red lipstick.  Let your man carry the keys for once, you have a beautiful and skinny bag to show off!

3. Laquered wicker bags/cases are one of our favorite styles, though finding one in mint condition can be difficult. If you do, scoop it up and keep it in it’s own felt bag for protection.  This bag will help you transition from winter to spring then again late summer to fall, so yeah almost all year round you could wear it and look picnic in the park ready aka totally cute.

4. I know, you are like so busy blogging your outfits everyday and that little wicker number is not going to hold your Macbook and fancy camera where ever you go.  Probably the best way to disguise your iPad addiction while showing off your analogue heart (natch) is by rocking one of these worn leather petite messengers.  Older Coach bags will always do the trick here.  They last forever and add that “good girl Charlie Brown” studious aspect to your look.

I don’t think there is a specific name for this type of shaped bag, so I’m going to go ahead and name it the “elegant lady purse”.  Wear this with your favorite black dress and you instantly go all Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast in Tiffany’s on everyone.  Stroll up Fifth Avenue in the first flurry of winter? Why not?  When not in use, I suggest using this bag as a quirky little flower pot for your windowsill like I did in my college dorm room.  How to: Line inside bottom of purse with plastic, place the flowers still in their original small pot inside of the open purse so flowers stick out of the top, voila! (water sparingly)

So get out there girls and hit those thrift shops, marketpublique.com , and  C. Madeleines .  If these bags have made it through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and to any one of these locations chances are they will be wardrobe staples for years to come.


Photos via: adore to adorn on fashism.com , marketpublique.com, and me Ashley Jeanne Granata