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Here’s another handbag that I think a modern designer might find inspiring. I bought it for $20 at a flea market in Brooklyn.

There’s no inside label but it’s a nicely made 1960s foldover bag – simple in its construction and style. What sets it off, of course, is the brass accent piece. I used to shy away from navy blue, but now I find I like the off color and I have no qualms about mixing it with black.

Tune in again tomorrow for another vintage handbag. What will it be???

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I bought this bag at a vintage show from dealer Jula Isola (City Vintage). A structured style with faux fur, this bag hails from the 1960s.

Modern designers sometimes take inspiration from vintage handbags and I can see this one lining the shelves of a Kate Spade boutique. Large and roomy, I use this bag for special lunches or tea out with friends (when we could do that) or daytime holiday celebrations. It will have to stay inside my closet this winter but I look forward to sporting it again in the future.

Come back tomorrow to see the next vintage handbag.

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OverDressedforLife wishes readers a Merry Christmas.

Take a break from the festivities tomorrow and tune in for the first day of The Twelve Days of Vintage Handbags.

Stay safe.

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That’s me sporting a white patent leather handbag and that’s my mother and my grandmother Louise, two women who sparked my interest in fashion.

A couple of years ago I started a new holiday ODFL tradition: The Twelve Days of Christmas. Starting on Christmas Day through January 5th, I posted a different holiday card. Last year for Twelve Days I posted a different subway advertisement, inspired by a visit to the NYC Transport Museum.

This year the theme is … wait for it … Vintage Handbags.

My interest (obsession) in handbags goes way back to childhood, as soon as I was old enough to covet my mother’s handbags. By age four I was collecting my own and to this day I remember every one. In particular, a fuchsia patent leather structured handbag that my Grandmother Mary bought for me at the Emporium. I remember spotting it on a table lined with navy blue, black, and tan bags. The fuchsia bag stood out and that was the one for me!

To my young self, handbags represented grown up ladies and independence. They were portable spaces holding important things like car keys, front door keys, money, lipstick, gum!

Handbags have been coming my way ever since. I have a collection of antique and vintage bags, many of which I inherited from both of my grandmothers. Starting Christmas Day I will share some of my favorites.

Please tune in starting December 25th for The Twelve Days of Vintage Handbags.

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I recently visited (donning a mask and keeping a distance) the CP Shades store on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley and was struck by all the rich colors of autumn.

In business since the 1980s, CP Shades is a local women’s fashion manufacturer known for quality fabrics and simple comfortable silhouettes.

For autumn 2020 they are showing corduroy shirts, velvet tops, plaid cotton shirts, and an array of loose fitting dresses and pants. Just right for the holidays at home.

Soft, festive colors in sumptuous fabrics are appealing this season. Check out CP Shades online or stop by the shop at 2633 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley.

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Jerry Garcia’s vintage top hat, c.1969. 

Let’s celebrate the freedom to sport our own individual style.

OverDressedforLife wishes one and all a happy and safe Independence Day!

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On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a reindeer?

 

This charming card was sent to me one year from my friend Lica. I like the little girl’s outfit. Red and gray are a nice alternative to red and green and what a treat to see her in a skirt (rather than jeans or leggings or sweat pants) paired with cute boots and striped tights. I’m pretty sure this little girl hails from somewhere in Europe. The outfit feels very European.

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On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a smart vintage ensemble. 

This is my favorite Christmas card. A good friend of mine gave it to me in 2012. (Thanks, Suzette!) I have kept it and happily displayed it every year since. I of course like the vintage outfit, the colors, the snow, and the tree sticking out just a bit. It charms me!

 

 

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On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a cute dog in a sweater. 

Such a great dress with the Santa cuffs and collar. The red gloves and whimsical Christmas tree umbrella are a nice touch. This was another one of my holiday cards sent out a few years ago.

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The Mallory Lace Dress by Corey Lynn Calter available at FlairWalk.

When I was growing up, each Christmas my father treated me to a new velvet dress to wear to The Nutcracker. He and I would have a festive dinner out, just the two of us, and then enjoy the wondrous world of dancing soldiers, fairies, and my favorite – the Mouse King.

The holidays remind me of the excitement of a new dress. I like what I see at FlairWalk – lots of  lace, bold prints, easy-to-wear silhouettes by designers such as Lesley Evers, Francis, and more. 

Who couldn’t use a new dress for Christmas Eve? New Year’s? Or hey, just because. FlairWalk has many holiday styles on sale for up to 50% off. What a gift!

Speaking of gifts, here’s the perfect little stocking stuffer by Envirosax. These reusable bags keep us toting in style and not adding to the landfill. That’s a double gift.

Want one more? Free shipping.

It’s gifts galore at FlairWalk.

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