Clothes of the Eighties, Preppy Purses
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Sex: female
Type of clothing: purse
When it was popular: 1982-3
Description: In addition to the Bermuda bag with the wooden handle and the interchangable covers, the other MUST HAVE purse of the early 80's was the preppy purse. I don't know the name, but it's very Lilly Pulitzer. They were canvas zip top rectangles, like small tote bags. They had canvas straps that wrapped around the purse from top to bottom. They had a small pocket on the front with a grosgrain ribbon featuting some preppy design. A lot of them were navy blue with kelly green straps or vice versa. Mine was the best -- preppy pink with kelly green straps. The ribbon was navy blue with green alligators. I washed it and it all turned a horrible shade of green. I SO want to find a purse like that again!
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sdianah - May 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember these Bermuda Bags. I think people still carry those! My favorites were the nice cotton plaids like fuschia and orange, or pink and green. I also remember a fall version with corduroy and velvet. The totes were also somewhat popular. They had belts to match-almost like a piece of ribbon with a buckle. All this stuff is actually out there on the market currently because I have seen it.
Shelli - September 14, 2010 - Report this comment
The purse you are looking for is a davies bag.
a - April 20, 2012 - Report this comment
did anyone find a tote like described above I would love to find one I have the Bermuda bag but I'm still looking for the tote it's not a David they are vintage evening bags

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