Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Handbag "Guitar" Strap Trend

If you have been around a while, you may remember that I also collect purses or "pocket books" as my mom used to say.  
Except when she said pocket book it always sounded like "pocka book" 
When did that term fall out of fashion?
Better yet, why was it ever in fashion?

I noticed a cute trend on YouTube. 
I also saw it at Nordstrom. 
Because this is a trend, I didn't want to spend very much. 
The ones on eBay were coming from China.
I didn't want to wait for them to get here so I decided to pop into my local handbag importer. 
This company started in Dallas years ago. but they have since expanded. 
My brother worked for them back in the day when they did silk florals. 
Now they have purses, belts, jewelry, clothes and other accessories and even clothes. 
They had the guitar straps right by the front door.
"Well done!"

 I got them home and started trying them on with my different handbags. 
The straps were too long.
I was so overwhelmed with buyer's remorse that I fell asleep in the chair.
It's shocking how quickly I can doze off once I sit down. 
I'm trying to hone my napping skills so I can be like Aunt Louine when I grow up. 
At 98 she had perfected her sleeping in the chair abilities.

After my 40 winks, I knew what to do. 
I would cut up my brand new straps. 
I carefully took off the faux leather tabs with a seam ripper. 

Six inches needed to be cut off. 
My New Home sewing machine is a work horse. It will sew leather with the appropriate needles. 
If it could sew leather, the pleather would be a no problem. 

The warm tone strap looks darling with my black Perlina leather satchel.
This is perfect since this bag was missing the strap when I bought it.
It was a clearance item at Nordstrom Rack. 

This strap also offers a cute contrast with my Louis Vuitton Delightful.

What a cute trend!
Thank you so much for stopping by.


  1. Had not seen this strap trend, but it is perfect. Love all the looks of your "pocket books" with the guitar straps.

  2. That's really cute and a good idea. I like the cross-body bags for travel, especially. Nice save on the straps!

  3. You are so creative. Love this idea!

  4. Cute idea! I've only heard "pocket book" back east in New England. However, there were old purses that were more rectangle or book shape with all those pockets to put things. Purses really don't look like that anymore. xoxo Su

  5. I'm not up on my trends, but I love it! Now I'm sure I'll notice it everywhere!

  6. You are so smart and you look adorable in this outfit. I am slightly aware of guitar straps and I think they are cool!

  7. I was not aware of this trend, but between my daughter and myself, I'm ready for it! Lots of old guitar straps stashed in the house -- I'll give this trend a try!
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

  8. The straps give a very nice update to your handbags. I may try this trend myself. I'll be on the lookout for guitar straps. Thanks for these tips.

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