Carrying a handbag – beauty guide from 1958…the right way to carry your handbag

Hello Vintage Ladies! Good morning and It’s Monday!!

I want to start the week by sharing this article …from 1958 its a guide to carrying a bag!!

I love reading anything that teaches etiquette and of course you will need to adapt to modern times!! lol

but its a good read…enjoy!


from Nancy Taylor’s Beauty Guide

Flower Lane Publishing Company, 1958

Your purse can either enhance and blend with your costume or it can detract from your appearance. You can appear awkward and unbalanced as though you were carrying a burden instead of a purse. With proper placement, you will find that your handbag is no longer a foreign object to be shifted from hand to hand, but an article of clothing which can be carried neatly and effortlessly.


There are two common mistakes that we see every day. For instance, have you noticed the woman who clutches her purse under her arm and looks like a football player about to run for a touchdown? Or, perhaps you have seen the woman who carries her purse as though it were a suitcase or a lunch box by grasping the handle and carrying it down by her side, where it often becomes a dangerous obstacle for passers-by. Your handbag is part of your costume; carry it as such, easily and prettily.

1.  Purse With A Handle

Slip your hand through the handle from the outside and let the handle rest on your wrist, turn your  palm  up,  fingers  relaxed. Place your wrist lightly against your waist so that your purse is resting on the flat of the hip.

2 Envelope Bag

English: Wearing a matching hat and dress, Mis...

Ladies holding envelope purse or clutch handbag

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Hold the bottom of the envelope bag in your hand resting it on the length of the index and  middle fingers. Rest your hand against the flat of the hip and let the hand and bag relax to an angle.

3. Shoulder Bag

Never slip your head through the strap of a shoulder bag, and carry it crisscrossing your body. If you are carrying the bag on the left side, wear the strap over the left shoulder. If carrying on the right, over the right shoulder. In order to keep the bag from swinging when you are walking, grasp the center of the front strap and hold it in place. Do not push down on the top of the bag. See how much easier it is to carry your purse correctly – and everyone else can see how much nicer you look.

OK…SO now you know how to properly carry your purse! I must admit I am guilty of the shoulder bag crisscrossing NO-NO!

Handbag L
over the shoulder

I Feel secure when I do that…lol..okay I will try to wear my purse the ladylike way! well what other way?? right lol

ok hope everyone has a wonderful monday! xoxo



THE PICTURES I ADDED FROM THE INTERNET- to give my post visuals.

The vintage gal I copied from the article I borrowed from Nancy Taylor Guide to Beauty, 1958



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