Thursday, June 18, 2009

Is That A Chair On Your Arm?

No, not a chair, but look closely at your beach bag and you will notice a similarity. From patio furniture to picnic baskets, straw and rattan have long ruled summer. It's only natural that woven styles eventually worked their way into fashion.

Women used straw bags as early as the 1900s. More women carried them in the 20s, and again in the 40s, but it was in the 50s and 60s that the bags experienced widespread popularity. This was largely due to Jacqueline Kennedy carrying a straw bag - suddenly everyone had to have one.

In addition, the crafting movement of those decades had many women using seashells and other appliqu├ęs to decorate straw bags that often served as beach totes. Bags in bright colors and neutrals became a way to complement the lighter feeling of summer clothing.

Though interest waned in the 70s and 80s, there is again a new interest in straw and rattan bags.

At the end of the season, use a bit of soap and water to gently dab the bags to make sure oil from your hands doesn't stay on the straw. Oils could cause the straw to become discolored.


Darla: Retro Ways said...

Love love that second purse. ♥

[Tara] said...

The white one is my favorite! So chic!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I adore the first pink one! I had no clue the history about the straw bag..leave it to Jackie O to turn it into a must have!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Lovely post! I'm on the prowl for a vintage or vintage looking straw bag, with as little hardware as possible to go with my summer sundresses. Thank you for these inspiring photos! :)

Wishing you a beautiful day,
♥ Jessica

Keith said...

These are so cool. I have an aunt who's always had something like this.

Catwalk Creative Vintage said...

Always good to find out a little bit more about the history of these bags. You've chosen a lovely selection of photos. Great post!

lo said...

the second purse is PERFECT!!!

love your blog.