“So what becomes of you my love, when they have finally stripped you of, the handbags and the gladrags that your poor old granddad had to sweat to buy you?” Handbags and Gladrags – Rod Stewart.

Sorry, got off an a tangent there! Great song, by the way!

A handbag, as most of you know, is a purse. To me, as a lover of fashion, the most aesthetically pleasing bag is a satchel. A satchel bag is often box shaped or rectangular, with small straps that are held in the hand. Satchel bags tend to look great while being carried, and add extra oomph to your overall ensemble.

Gladrags are clothes for special occasions, often meant to mean one’s best clothes.

Satchel bags look fabulous and stylish when hand held, not when worn with a longer strap creating a shoulder bag. Satchel bags tend to look dainty and feminine.

Satchel Fun Fact: Much of the popularity of the satchel as a fashion accessory since 2008 is driven by the Cambridge Satchel Company, whose  product was on a Guardian gift guide in 2009, and was described as a cross-body bag in a 2010 article.

A satchel is typically designed to hold women’s necessary items, since the bag is generally not as large as a tote bag or shoulder bag. However, a satchel holds more items than a clutch purse. Kind of the inbetween bag of purses.

Popular Purses In Addition to the Satchel:

  1. Baguette
  2. Bucket Bag
  3. Clutch Purse
  4. Drawstring
  5. Hobo
  6. Muff
  7. Pocketbook
  8. Pouch
  9. Saddle Purse
  10. Tote Bag
  11. Trapezoid
  12. Wristlet

Purse Fun Fact: The need to organize one’s belongings is universal, therefore handbags exist in differing forms in cultures all around the world. People have been clever in thinking of ways to use materials at hand to create their bags.

Satchel Fashion Tip: A great satchel bag can complement your outfit in much the same way as your shoes set off your ensemble. For an excellent fashion choice that adds a higher level of oomph and pizzazz to your overall look, match your satchel bag with your shoes!

Purse/Handbag Fun Fact: The term “purse” originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. In British English, the word purse is still used to refer to a small coin bag. A “handbag” is a larger accessory that holds objects beyond currency/money, such as a woman’s personal items. American English typically uses the terms purse and handbag interchangeably.

Women’s bags grew larger and more complex during the 1900s, becoming highly valued for their stylishness as visual accessories as well as for their function. Always in fashion; always in style! It’s a woman’s prerogative!


Handbag Fun Fact: The verb “handbagging” in the meaning of “treating ruthlessly” comes from Margaret Thatcher’s habit of pulling scraps of paper out of her handbag in meetings and reading aloud the comments she had written on them!

Satchel handbags to spruce up your gladrags!

The choice is endless!

In the 17th century, young girls were taught embroidery as a necessary skill for marriage. This also helped them make beautiful handbags. By the late 18th century, fashions in Europe were moving towards a slender shape for these accessories, inspired by the silhouettes of Ancient Greece and Rome.

The modern purse, clutch, pouch and handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway.

Travel for miles with spectacular satchel styles!

During the 1940s, the rationing of textiles for World War II led to the manufacturing of handbags made in materials like raffia or crocheted from yarn. Some women crocheted their own small handbags from commercial patterns during this period.

A Satchel Summary: A satchel can be recognized by the square or rectangular shape of the bag, as well as by the hand held handle.

“I need a purse I can drape on my arm.”

“Easy to carry, with style and charm?”

“Yes. A bag that offsets my outfit just right.”

“Go with a satchel. Oozes style and its weight is light!”

For the perfect bag that is always right: I recommend the satchel!

Nancy Mangano

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano







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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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