The History Of Handbags

History of Handbags


What… Handbags have a history? I was awed too don’t worry, it’s actually amazing how handbags were once a welcome from a groom to his bride centuries ago. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a purse as a gift from my husband, a girls gotta have her stuff. (Especially hoarding sweets around, that’s right…  I caught you.(; ) So future husband, take my hand, and gimme that purse!


15th Century 

15th Century Handbag


During the 15th century is when men gave women handbags as a wedding gift, typically embroidered with an illustration showing their love for them. But wait a second, if I’m going to get purse from my husband (hint hint) I’d truly appreciate a leather one. I don’t need your illustration of love, I’m marrying you right? I know you already love me. I mean… you do love me, right? Good. I’m glad we see eye to eye, now I can reward you with the candy bar I’ll have stored in my new purse. (;

16/17th Century 

16th and 17th Century Handbag

16-17th century small leather pouches were introduced with a drawstring to loop into your belt.  Ok, so we are getting closer to leather. Mmm the smell of leather, hear that husband? I like the smell of leather.

18th Century

18th Century Handbag

The 18th century was very common material for fashionable bags that were split, ironed flat, and mounted onto wood, leather, cardboard, or cloth. Through the heating of the straw embellishments, they would add granules of gold or stains of color to vary the style. (oh lalala I like gold) Leather (hello gorgeous!) made it easier to travel. So I’m hearing leather makes it easier to travel… Hmm if that’s the case, husband we could travel and travel, but now I think I might want some gold added for color. (;

19th Century 

19th Century Handbag

Aw ha, so we have now found ourselves to my personal favorite the victorian/19th century. So unique right? These handbags were made to coordinate with your outfit, they called them ridicules. They were leather (yay leather) and silk. You know what, husband? I’d love silk sheets, let’s live in luxury shall we?

Did you know?

  • Men wore handbags as often as women did.
  • Women wanted purses that would not be bulky or untidy in appearance, so reticules were designed.
  • In France originally reticules were popular, but they eventually crossed over into Britain, and were named “indispensables”.
  • During the Industrial Revolution, clutches, pouches, and handbags became the increase in travel by railway in England.




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Ways to Wear Rompers

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Hello ladies and maybe gentlemen (I’m not judging.(; ) Rompers can honestly be a difficult sometimes, if it doesn’t fit properly it can make you lose your shape. You wanna make sure the waistline fits on your waist, not too high or too low. If it’s too flowly of a fabric, it can make you look like you rolled out of bed in a pair of your PJ’s. Not another one of those “#WokeUpLikeThis” because, no you did not! Accessorizing them can be a pain in the butt… Don’t give up on hope! Here’s Handbag Heaven‘s favorites of dressing a romper up. Outfits were created with our favorite, polyvore.

Boho Chic

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Who doesn’t love a bohemian summer look and a cute clutch to tag along? Fringy layers are so fun and  “fetch.” Don’t worry Gretchen we agree with you, we are making it happen. (;

Pink Rose

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Be flowy and frilly in the cute way, not the pajama way! Dressing up with belts is an excellent way to hold your body shape if the romper takes that away from you. Oh, don’t foget Minnie, she’s here to help carry your necessities in style.

Sexy yet Classy

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Ow ow! Got a date, a party, or just a night out with the friends? Long legged rompers are perfect for nice dressed events. You don’t always have to go with that dress that may, or may not draw attention when the breeze catches you, or fits so tight it crawls up your legs as you walk and sit down… I know I’ll take that, pass and, go with the sliming romper. Isn’t that right, Lola?





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What Size of Purse Are You?


The Clutch
A girl that’s put together and fashionably late must be “the clutch” She’s sharp, doesn’t take no for an answer, and always has a credit card to pay for her must haves. Don’t worry guys, this girl is independent and will always be one to take care of herself.

The Mini Me
This girl is prepared for her lipstick to wipe off from a starbucks cup of coffee, so she must indeed carry her lipsticks. Always looking fresh and ready to take on whatever hottie comes to talk to her and swipe her off of her feet. Smart, she knows a fake when she see’s one… Sweet is her middle name, and her sense of humor is intriguing.

“The Norm”
Say hello to the everday sized handbag, this girl is not just any girl though. Diveristy sure enough sets in. Her bag is filled anywhere from her make up bag to her favorite book. Her belongings are very important to keep around because when things get boring, she’s prepared.

The Tote-ally Prepared
Okay, so she must have kids or must have her life with her. Reguardless, not a thing is missing wherever she may go. Moms, I mean I totally get it, you need to keep the kids under control! They will scream and cry at you, and no kid ladies, I get you too. Who doesn’t want to have everything they need when they need it? Maybe I should consider carrying my tote around!

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Clutch Craze! Practical and Sexy!

Look for exotic animal prints, patent leather in vibrant colors, and extra “flash” such as exposed zippers and big buckles. These little accessories will not only take up less space – they’ll complete your outfit! They also make great gifts for sisters and girl friends. (A nice clutch can be the perfect graduation present, if you’re still looking!)

Check out what we recommend for after hours outings.

Flex Wallet

Sienna Flex Wallet

Shoulder Clutch

Reagan Shoulder Clutch

Colorblock Clutch

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Exotic Wallet

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Best Bags for a Black-tie Event

Got a formal work dinner, a grand social event or a big wedding? Choosing the right accessories for a black-tie event is critical! The right handbag can take your look from pedestrian to black-tie chic.

Keep it small

Studded Wristlet Wallet

Large oversized bags have no place at formal events. Carry a wallet, wristlet or clutch to fit your black-tie dress code. The right evening bag will have compartments for your credit cards, lipstick and phones, but don’t overstuff your evening bag just because you can. Opt for miniature versions of your powder, mascara and lipstick. The key is sticking to the minimum! We like the Kate Studded Wristlet because of its size, flexibility, and great visual appeal. Hint – it’s also got a matching mini handbag, in case you want the set! The Kate Mini Studded Handbag is one of our most favorite mini handbags!! It totally reminds us of the Michael Kors Selma bag, or this Valentino bag without the huge pricetag. Continue Reading