5 amazing vintage 1940s/50s handbag styles for Summer 2013

Vintage accessories are wonderful things. They add a touch of class and sophistication to a modern outfit, and really complete that authentic vintage look when wearing a dress from yesteryear. We’ve put together our pick of some fabulous 1940s/50s handbag styles that will make your summer swing.


1. Basket Bags

There is something unspeakably summery about a wicker handbag, it echoes of picnic hampers and lazy sunkissed afternoons. This sweet little white wicker handbag with red trim is an ideal addition to your summer wardrobe. The light colour make it even more seasonal and the pretty red and gold detail add interest.


2. Metallics

Metallics are massive this summer, whether you choose to interpret this through your clothes, accessories or makeup, you’ll want to include a bit of chrome to your summer wardrobe. Picking a bag in a striking shade of silver is a great way to utilise this trend.  Chrome goes with everything and looks particularly gorgeous in the sunshine. This beautiful 1950s basket bag in chrome and black also features a striking red lining to really inject some colour into your style.


3. Crochet Bags

Crochet handbags simply scream 1940s as well as reflecting the frivolous nature of the summer season. Crochet bags elude to holidays abroad, beaches and outdoor escapades. Team with a flirty floral tea length gown and sunhat for a real sense of summer.


4. Bijoux Bags

One of the major accessory trends for Spring/Summer 2013 is for the tiniest handbags imaginable. Sweet little micro bags look absolutely darling, (although barely hold your mobile, lippy, car keys and credit card). Chanel did a fabulous range of bijoux bags in the 1940s that are worth drawing your inspiration from. Think the tinier the better and you’ll get the hang of this trend in no time.


5. Clutch Bags

Clutch bags are elegant, refined and timeless. This gorgeous brown bag is made from the softest calves leather and the warm chocolate brown would go with anything. Black (although traditional) can look rather dated and harsh, opting for a brown version is a great way to compliment a number of different outfits. This clutch is finished with immaculate stitching and a lovely striped lining. Ideal for work or a more distinguished casual look.

The vintage handbags highlighted as “hot” through 2013 were selected by Mela Mela Vintage. Mela Mela Vintage is a vintage boutique located in Teddington, Southwest London. Mela Mela has an wonderful array of original 1960s and 1950s vintage dresses as well as some breathtaking vintage jewellery.

5 amazing vintage 1940s/50s handbag styles for Summer 2013

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