I'm a creature of vintage habit which means I like things to MATCH, Fashionable Reader.
It's really hard for me to, for example, leave the house with a black bag and brown shoes. Yes, I understand that's it's fine to do so in the modern world, just not for me.
Although it's not totally unheard of in the modern age.
|2013 Boot/Glove Fashion- Meghan Collison in Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra|
In the old days other things were matched, like dresses and reticules, or mantles and muffs.
|1822 The Kyoto Costume Institute|
|1895 Accessory Set Gustave Beer The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
"Also, the appearance of the female part of the company is always more elegant, when wearing bandeaus, caps, or other light head-dresses; young persons requiring their hair only, or the slight decoration of a flower or a ribbon."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)
|Matched Purse Shoes hat|
Although, they didn't always have to match, they did have to coordinate.
|Catalog Sunday via NewVintageLady More Montgomery Wards fashions from 1940|
Right, here's my retrospective on matched purses, shoes, hats and occasionally gloves! I've mixed in pictures of my own collection.
|1930 Green Hat Gloves|
|1940 colour matched|
1946 Skirt Top Outfit; 1947 Ensemble Gilbert Adrian, Augusta Auctions
|Shoes and Purse 1950s 1stdibs.com|
|Hat and Gloves Leslie James, 1950s 1stdibs.com|
|Hat and Handbag late 1950s The Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
|Model wearing a dress by Christian Dior, 1954. Photo by Philippe Pottier via theniftyfifties tumblr|
|1953 Mary Jane Russell for the Simplicity Spring Pattern Book|
Photo by Lillian Bassman myvintagevogue tumblr
|Curtiss Baby Ruth advertisement, 1953 theniftyfifties tumblr|
|Hat and Gloves 1950 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
How to find shoes for your weird feet.
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You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.