Your Stylish Ways: Vintage Handbags to Enhance Your Fall Wardrobe


I have loved vintage clothing since I was a little girl. When I would watch shows like Bewitched, the Donna Reed Show and Hazel, where the ladies just dressed so sophisticatedly, I was really drawn to the classic handbags.

Awhile back, I posted some vintage handbags on Facebook and the responses went over quite well, so I decided to show purses that I had purchased here in Pittsburgh where we have several vintage stores in the Ellsworth area of Shadyside.

I love this navy handbag. Although old, the gold trim has yet to show any sign of tarnish. The shape of this bag is what made it catch my eye. The classic style is so retro and adds to its uniqueness among today’s traditional purses.


This alligator bag is one of my favorites. It must have been only $30.00. These bags have great compartments and good construction. The quality is outstanding.


Although many of these purses aren’t as large as what we are used to seeing today, they can still fit a wallet, cellphone, and a few cosmetics; and many come with a change purse.


When I search for evening bags, usually they are extremely small, you can hardly fit any more than a lipstick and photo ID inside, but this long classic Peau de Soie clutch provides a fashionable look and function.


Some of these retro purses remind me of something my grandmother would carry to church.


I can see this stylish brown clutch with a brown, beige, or taupe suit.


Find some time to go vintage shopping.  We all like something that’s unique, and when you go to a vintage store you will get a one of a kind itemthat can make your wardrobe pop.


YSW Tip: Put your purse in a purse bag.  I put my purses inside a bag prior to putting it

in the closet because I have a tendency to toss the bags around, and I have noticed scuff marks.

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