As bags and Purses had established their purpose as an essential accessory during the 1940s, the importance of their role continued to progress into the following decades.
By the 1950s and 1960s, it was generally accepted that women would complete their attire with a suitable handbag. Indeed, there were many social conventions dictating which purse would be the 'correct' one to complement particular outfits. Conventions even existed on how to hold ones handbag in conjunction with the body.
Take a look at these photos to see women with their purses in the 1950s and 1960s.
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