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The Stylish Fashion Accessories

Stylish handbags are no longer a luxurious item these days, but their popularity has increased to become one of the universal accessories for women. Alongside other accessories such as ladies watches and belts, they have allowed women to be well updated with the ever changing world of fashion. With their demand increasing each day, designers on the other hand are more determined than ever to make attractive and impressive products, which satisfy the needs and desires of the present trend. Nowadays, designers are even able to predict what women are likely to associate the bags with. For instance, most women accessories them with smart wear and suits to create a sense of professionalism. It is widely believed that once you dress in professional and smart attire, your productivity at work will be improved as you will have a feeling of professionalism.

Functionality and elegance

It is important that you feel comfortable and contented with what you are wearing as this will reflect on your life outlook and personality. Being able to follow the recent fashion trend is a critical aspect of society and it acts as a way of getting the population together. While shopping for handmade bag fashion, it is advisable that you consider your personal preferences and style. Fortunately, there are so many styles that you can select from and you should suit one that suits you best. With fashion nowadays leaning more on ladies bags, retailers are very quick to ensure that their stores have every design and style available on the market before they get out of fashion.

The functionality and elegance of these designer products make them among the most trending fashion accessories. They are practical product that you can use every day. New designs keep on coming up and the market is a hub of great differentiation. To get that appealing look you have always dreamt about, you really don’t have to stock your wardrobe full with these products. This gives you a huge range of handbags to select from and you can select the kind of handbag you need depending on the weather and social situation.

Look cool and sophisticated with handbags

With the handmade bag fashion being available in a massive range, this ensures that you don’t have to get the same designer bag that your friends or family members have. It is a simple way of being unique and communicating your taste for fashion and style. These accessories are able to make you look cool, sophisticated and collected. Regardless of whether you are a business lady or you just need a handmade bag that will make you look at your best when going out, these bags are stylish accessories that will make you confident and proud in public. It is essential for a lady to choose a fashion handbag that speaks of her status. Fortunately, the market has diverse designs and styles to select from and you will always find something that suits your tastes. Some of the latest styles are luxury, sports, classic, designer and trendy handbags.

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Bag become fashion frenzy

Fashion frenzy

The variety kept increasing as the utility and choice of materials grew. In the early 1900’s popular bags were made from textiles, tiny petit point, chain mail, beads of glass, polished steel, leather and synthetics. In the 1920s, synthetic buckles of celluloid, caseine and cellulose acetate were cheaper substitutes to tortoiseshell and ivory. After the Second World War PVC, perspex and nylon became more popular materials. The rigid, transparent, lucite or brilliant sheens and colours of hard synthetics were hugely popular and the soft synthetics vied for genuine leather. This was the time the United States took to the front of fashion “hypes”.

Clutch for elegance

Bag designs shot up tremendously in the 20th century but the handbag was permanently seated in fashion. In the 20s and 30s, the flat rectangular-shaped clutches also known as pochettes or envelope bags, which are worn tucked under the arm or in the hand, were also popular after the handbag. These were introduced through fashion magazines around the First World War but the practicality of the shoulder bag briefly took its spot around the Second World War. Elegance took reign in 1947 and the 1950s, and clutches got back in again. Until today, it stays a favorite in the elegant evening accessory category.

Military Fashion Shoulder Bags

The shoulder bag was a hands-free option for the practical and busy woman. Its story dates back some centuries to Ancient Greece and the late Middle Ages. An important point in the design of bags was when Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli designed the “functional and military look” shoulder bags in the 1930s and became popular during the Second World War. Undoubtedly, the handbag and under-arm bag were deemed more fashionable and took their positions after the war but being sporting and practical, the shoulder bag continues to have place.

Youthful Look

The designers of the 1960s such as Mary Quant, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Courrèges and Yves Saint Laurent broke through fashion demands with the youthful shoulder bag. The chained and cushioned Chanel bag is such an example. The short-strapped, under-the-arm ‘baguette’ Fendi in 1998, helped establish the fashionable look of the bag by its shape and by the “way it is worn”.

The Adventure Fashion

The rucksack or backpack is just recent and has a widespread following today. The Prada brand helped to set the nylon backpack trend when it launched its 1985 rucksack bag. It is especially set as the adventurers’ “companion” and which the young and old embrace for its practical no-nonsense functionality.

Social ranking in the 20th century

In the 20th century, bags can be very specific as their function. The laptop sleeve and the tote bag are, for example, among the most specific and practical designs. The term tote, meaning “to carry” was used in 1900, although the history of the tote bag can be traced back to the 17th century. With regards to the history of the laptop sleeve, it can only be as recent as the 1980s when the laptops became popular.

Brands have a big role in the fashion industry and “Hermès, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Fendi and Judith Leiber” are brands in the top designer level. Today, designer handbags and designer purses have become important high fashion accessories although so called “cheap handbags” have their role for their functionality and accessibility to a bigger population and to serve the fashion at a different level of commerce. In the case of accessibility, even the marketing of wholesale handbags and wholesale purses, can also be found in the internet.

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20th century bags

Women’s freedom

In the 20th century, bags became increasingly practical as more women ventured out in the labor market. There came more variety, such as the elegant evening reticule, the workplace briefcase, a bag for afternoon strolls, and more to suit different occasions!

Rise of Vanity

Fashion-consciousness was buzzing in the 1900’s. Moviestar influence brought with them popularity of other items like cigarettes and make-up and the ‘vanity-case’ with multiple compartments for the other items became fashionable in the 1920s. In the 1930s the ‘minaudière’ was the especially elegant bag. Bags made of metal, silver or gold included, as well as synthetic materials with strass crystal ornaments were fashionable at that time.

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Wealth of bag

Wealth of bags

New materials of the Industrial Revolution (about 1760-1830) such as “papier-mâché, iron and polished steel” saw the bag also take new “distinctive forms”. The reticule was gaining popularity but later became “redundant”. Clothes fashion reverted to wider skirts and the pockets were reborn, around 1830 until the 20th century. The harness with suspended articles from earlier centuries resurfaced with the wider dresses of the 19th century.

French lady or ‘Chatelaine’ kicked out

‘Chatelaine’, which is French for “lady of the manor”, refers to the medieval women with keys worn on her belt. The 19th century women also hung various useful items on chatelaines. Another practical yet fashionable alternative, the chatelaine bag, became popular with the introduction of crinoline, which saw the bag hung from the skirt.

When travel became more common, more variety came along. The small hand luggage was the “true predecessor of the handbag”, which was used for train travel, visits and shopping trips. The early 20th century sees the chatelaine and the chatelaine bag out and the handbag in.

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Clothes transformed the bag

When clothes fashion changed, so did the bags. During the 18th century, the Ancient Greek or Roman attributes were popular when Pompeii was found and the Greek temples were rediscovered. Linen or muslin clothes with the bands raised to just below the breast replaced the huge wide dresses that used to hide the pockets. And voila, the “first” predecessor of the handbag took stage. Called the “reticule”, a drawstring or chain attached to it allows it to be held in the hand.

Buckle Heirlooms

Bags that featured “silver buckles and hooks” and suspended from the skirt were used in the Netherlands and some parts of Germany. The silver-buckled bag was used in the Netherlands from the 17th century until the early part of 20th century. Often, the precious buckles were handed down by mothers to their daughters and were moved to new bags made of cloth or beads.

Secret Pocket Bags

Ingenious as they are, women also made less expensive personalized carriers for their “purse, portfolio, love letters, handkerchief, keys and sewing attributes”. They made bags that hid in their clothes when the fashion during the 17th, 18th, and much of the 19th centuries was broad skirts. The droplet- or pear-shaped bags (also called pockets) had ribbon on the top end that could be used to tie around the waist. The bags sometimes have intricate embroidery and were created with silk, linen or cotton cloths. Typically, a bag was worn on each side of the hip at a time. They were placed under the women’s dress (but on top of their underwear), and were accessible through a slit the dress.

Hand-held bag, “indispensable” “ridicule”?

The hand-held bag was in fashion for many decades. The English called it the “indispensable”. However the French mockingly called it the ‘ridicule’, since women walked with their precious possessions visibly in their hands! All the same, several home industries eagerly fashioned hand-held bags from different types of fabrics.

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The Harness Pride

The 17th and 18th centuries saw the good use of bags and purses for carrying women’s personal items. Besides the belt, bags and purses could also be hung on the “harness”, alongside keys, sewing implements, and a knife sheath, in the 17th century. A harness is a hook with chains and the accessories hanged from it. A hundred years later, it was not just a practical accessory, the aristocrats and the rich, visibly flaunted silver or gold harness like jewels. The harness became popular amongst the rest of the population and around 1830, the harness was named ‘chatelaine’.

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Exclusively women’s

Towards the end of the 16th century and in the 17th century, men’s clothes were designed with “inside pockets” and there was no necessity for the bag anymore. Bags were therefore left in the dominion of women for several hundred years until the arrival of the briefcase. Bags and purses were not just daily-used items but they had many other special roles as “marriage bag, toy bag, alms bag, perfumed bag or New Year’s gift”. The material and embellishments of bags and purses matched their roles accordingly, from glass beads, silver or gold thread embroidery, and enamel.

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The Early Days
kaididstore-buttonBags have long been in existence for their functional use as much as for their fashionable appeal. Many artifacts, paintings and other artistic depictions show bags existed during the middle ages. In those days, clothes have no pockets and bags were functional accessories that were used to carry money and other essentials. Bags with compartments were fashioned out of various materials including leather, linen, silk and velvet. There were a variety of bags, from robust buckle bags “with no less than eighteen hidden pockets” to drawstring leather purses with metal ornamentation.

In early day, men and women generally wore their bags and purses around the waist and hanged using a long cord suspended from the shoulders, such as hunting bags- cross body bag. Buckle bags, however, were cleverly designed with clasps that only owners could open.