Handbags and Glad Rags!

Handbags and Glad Rags go together like coffee and cream, amusement parks and thrill rides, and books and imagination.

We all know that handbags are purses. Glad rags is a slang term that was popular in the late 1800s to mean stylish clothes, dressy clothes, and who doesn’t love an attractive handbag to offset a fashionable clothing ensemble?

You may be familiar with the song “Handbags and Gladrags” written in 1967 by Mike D’Abo, who was then the lead singer of Manfred Mann, and the song was later rerecorded by Rod Stewart, amongst others. Mike D’Abo described the lyrics of the song as “saying to a teenage girl that the way to happiness is not through being trendy. There are deeper values.”

“…You are still a young girl, and you bought everything in style…but once you think you’re in you’re out, cause you don’t mean a single thing without, the handbags and the gladrags that your granddad had to sweat so he could buy you…”

Of course we know that there are many issues in the world that are much deeper than fashion, but we also know that clothes matter! Be it in job interviews, company uniforms, evening wear, casual wear, sportswear, the fabrics that are draping our bodies are also making a difference in our nonverbal language, our appearance and our moods. And top the outfit off with a hot handbag, and the purse is the perfect accessory to polish off your put together, unique look and style.

The good news is that granddaddy no longer needs to break his back to be able to afford your clothes and handbag obsession. Designer handbags are a huge business, and simply luscious to look at. But there are numerous department stores and discount clothing stores that carry a variety of fetching fashion apparel and pulsating purses, no matter what your budget is!


So, the next time that you open up your closet to get ready to go to work, to the movies, to a restaurant, to visit a friend, on a first date (or second or third), or wherever it is that you are going, remember that handbags and glad rags fit together like pancakes and maple syrup!

Mmmmm, pancakes!  I love pancakes!

And handbags!

And glad rags!

I’m feeling happier!









About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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