Chances are, if you’re wearing gladrags, you’re already spiced up! What are gladrags? Gladrags are defined as clothes for a special occasion; one’s best clothes. For the fashion lovers and the not so fashion lovers, a sure way to spruce up your outfit (whether casual or dressy) is by carrying a great, stylish, knock-out handbag or purse.
A handbag, also called a purse or pouch in North American English, is generally a handled, medium to large bag, often used by women to carry personal items. Purses do so much more than hold our necessities; purses make or break an outfit!
Purse Fun Fact: The term “purse” originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. In British English, a purse is still used to refer to a small coin bag. A “handbag” is a larger accessory that holds objects beyond currency, such as personal items. American English typically uses the terms purse and handbag interchangeably. The term handbag began appearing in the early 1900s. Initially, the term was most often used to refer to men’s hand-luggage. Women’s bags grew larger and more complex during this period, and the term was attached to the accessory!
Nancy Mangano’s Purse Fashion Tip: I love all satchel handbags. There is something about the easy handle and the smaller shape of the purse that I adore. For me, satchel bags are the best bags to carry.
Here is a beautiful Marco M Kelly (MMK) Satchel Handbag:
Purses and handbags to spice up your gladrags!
Purse Fun Fact: Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men and women. In the 17th century, young girls were taught embroidery as a necessary skill for marriage; this also helped to 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. Women (the fashion bugs that we are) wanted purses that wouldn’t be bulky or untidy in appearance, so ‘reticules’ were designed. Reticles were made of fine fabrics like silk or velvet, carried with wrist straps.
Taking a gorgeous handbag away from a woman is like taking high heels away from a shoe buff! You just don’t do it!
For those of you that prefer large tote bags, this Cadier Tote Bag is a practical yet classy bag rolled into one:
As fashion accessories, handbags can be categorized according to the silhouette of the bag, as well as the type of handle:
Classic Types of Handbags/Purses:
- Bowling Bag Purse
- Messenger Bag
- Saddle Purse
Whatever type of purse is your preference, a fashionable coin purse or tote is worth a glorious shout out! To the collector of purses, that’s what I’m talking about!
Purse Fun Fact: The modern purse, clutch, pouch or handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway. In 1841, the Doncaster industrialist and confectionery entrepreneur Samuel Parkinson (of the butterscotch candy fame) ordered a set of travelling cases and trunks and insisted on a travelling case or bag for his wife’s particulars, after noticing that her purse was too small and made from material that wouldn’t withstand the journey. H. J. Cave (London) obliged Parkinson’s request and produced the first modern set of luxury handbags as we would recognize them today, including a clutch bag and a tote bag!
Hail H. J. Cave who designed purses that were cool and rave!
Ah, give me my stunning, gorgeous handbags to carry and highlight my dressy gladrags!
Handbag Fun Fact: The verb “to handbag” derives from United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s habit of pulling scraps of paper out of her handbag in meetings and reading aloud the comments that she had written on them.
No more does granddad have to sweat to buy you handbags and gladrags! As independent, fashion forward women, we can pamper ourselves by buying our own handbags and gladrags! (Handbags and Gladrags: Great song sung by Rod Stewart, by the way)!
For purses and handbags that are here to stay, carry your own signature bag and look chic and regal in every way!
“I see that you’re carrying a lovely Guess designer purse. Is that your designer fave?”
“I love all designer bags: Versace, Coach, Gucci, Guess, Prada, and more to rave!”
“Large pink tote bags are in style and add pizzazz and punch to your look.”
“I also carry satchel bags, clutch bags, shoulder strap bags…on all bags I’m hooked.”
“I think I know what to get for you on your birthday or holiday.”
“A fashionable purse or handbag hits it out of the ball park each and every day!”
Purses and Handbags: A surefire win in every way!
Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com