Saturday, October 21


"One of the surest ways to add distinction to a rather ordinary street ensemble is to carry an elegant handbag- and an unfailing way to downgrade a lovely outfit is to carry a shabby or cheap one. This practical accessory is so important that it merits a very thoughtful selection, and even a generous share of your clothes budget from time to time. "
"Generally speaking, the size of your handbag should be in proportion to your own. It is just as comical- and needless to add, inelegant- to see a tiny woman lugging about an enormous satchel, as it is to see a portly dowager clutching a tiny purse to her ample bosom."
"... a well coordinated wardrobe requires very few handbags. I would say, a minimum of four:
  • A large bag for travel and casual wear.
  • An afternoon bag to wear with city ensembles and slightly dressy outfits. The most practical choice is undoubtedly a medium sized bag of fine black calfskin with an attractive clasp... Those combining two or more colors are beautiful when carried with a monochrome outfit; but a more practical choice for a limited wardrobe would be all-black, all-beige, or all-brown.
  • An evening purse of silk, satin, or velvet.
  • For the summer, a beige straw handbag, which can be of a rather coarse weave if you spend your summers in the country, or of a finer texture... if you stay in town. In any case, a straw handbag is an indispensable accessory to summery cotton and linen dresses.

From: A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux


Cherish the Home said...

I *love* handbags! Some women enjoy buying clothes or shoes but for me it's handbags!

MamaBirdEmma said...

Me too, Mrs. B.! I recently went to the mall, and though I didn't purchese any pocketbooks, I enjoyed browsing!


Anonymous said...

Oooh, I love the photo!!! Grace Kelly was always so elegant. :)

MamaBirdEmma said...

I just saw the a movie on Grace Kelly's life, Mrs. Callard! I found her to be a very interesting person... Unfortunatly, the filmmakers didn't have to movie go past her wedding to Prince Ranier.

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