CARRYING A HANDBAG from Nancy Taylorís 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 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 criss-crossing 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.
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