chic~~when to wear an alligator handbag?

Whenever you want!

Sometimes I think women avoid wearing alligator or crocodile bags because they feel such bags tend to look a bit too fancy for every day.  But they really aren’t.  I had to “adjust” my attitude about this.  Whenever I would see these bags worn in classic movies by movie stars or worn on the arms of today’s über rich,  I would think, “yes, that makes sense” because they were movie stars or rich–like the bags belonged in those settings because these women were/are more glamorous, lived/living fancier lives than little ole’ moi.  But after I read the book, “Alligators, Old Mink and New Money” by Allison and Melissa Houtte (years ago),

I changed my tune, banished my old-fashioned thinking, for good.  These bags definitely are  for every day.

Last week I showed you a couple of alligator bags* I found a Goodwill.  I have definitely decided to keep the black alligator–I LOVE it and think it is a great addition to my handbag wardrobe.  I have worn it daily for this past week.  Here are some of the outfits I have worn with it:





Isn’t it just a charmer?

I am teaming up with the lovely Jill from Everything Just So and elegant Adrienne of  The Rich Life on a Budget for “How I Wear My Handbag” (April 4th).  Flit on over to see some more great handbags.  Also check out Adrienne’s amazing giveaway!

And for those who are interested, the brown alligator is now listed in my Etsy store. (Sorry! SOLD!!)


PS  If you want a lesson on how to tell the difference between alligator and crocodile, check out this post from Claudia.  I had no idea prior to reading it.  Thanks, Claudia!!


32 thoughts on “chic~~when to wear an alligator handbag?

  1. I agree: you rock that bag with whatever, and wherever, you want! Simply gorg, Heather.
    I read that book too (thrifted it, of course) and loved it – shouldn’t have given it away when I moved!


    • It is a great book, isn’t it? I loved that she listed the brands to look out for while shopping…especially in skin bags. I will bet you can pick up another book at a cheap, grunge-worthy price. ; )


  2. This bag is beautiful and is perfect with all the proposals that we teach today. I agree with you, a crocodile handbag can run almost always, except in very casual outfits. The beautiful and elegant things always combine well. I really like your photos, always elegant and beautiful. I really like the second picture and also the raincoat. Well, and scarves and all … Only one small criticism, how to wrap the scarf in the last picture, seems like a boy-scout 🙂


  3. I knew it would sell quickly – such a big inters and demand on those bags now. Good for you. I would think you could wear a classic bag like that to anything. You always look smart and chic, put me to shame. *smile


    • I “always” look smart and chic because I can choose the best pictures to put on this blog. You don’t get to see me in ponytails and yoga pants! Or the moments when I think I am chic but my coat’s belt is flying out the door as I cruise down the highway. Let’s keep it real, shall we? : )


    • And this is when you head over to your mom’s closet or Aunt Gertrude’s. There is one out there with your name on it. ; )


  4. I’m not surprised you kept it Heather, it’s a beautiful little bag and as you’ve shown – so versatile. I now feel like Brain of Britain because I can distinguish between crocodile and alligator!


    • If I had known being the Brain of Britain required so little knowledge I would have jumped the pond decades ago. Thanks, SK, for the compliment!


  5. I’ve just been to some antiques shops in Newcastle. One specialised in French things and had some beautiful vintage purses, I’d bet were alligator. Sadly, I prefer shoulder straps or back packs to keep my hands free.


    • In certain situations I prefer shoulder straps or cross-body styles. This black one I can actually get on my shoulder as long as I am not wearing anything to bulky (ie winter jacket). I wish I could visit the shops you mention…sigh.


  6. Thank you so much for participating in our monthly How I Wear My. You look so Frenchy French in that first photo – I just love it! I mean, j’adore!
    Beautiful bag. So glad you’re keeping it!


    • Thank you, A. And I love the bag you featured. I checked it out online…it reminds me of an updated vintage look. I see a lot of vintage bags that have that basic style but they are just usually smaller. Very fun idea this month!


  7. Oh I just love that bag on you, it’s so elegant and wonderful. I’m glad you kept it! And I’m not surprised the other one sold so quickly. Whoever bought it is a lucky lady! I’m glad you linked to Claudia’s post on the difference between alligator and crocodile, I never knew the difference until I read that post. Also, I read that same book about a year and a half ago! I keep meaning to go to her shop, I think it’s not that far from me! I wish you were here we could go together and check it out. Thank you for joining us for the “How I Wear My: Everyday Bag” post. I have a special place in my heart for the ladylike bags you, Elle, and my mother showed! XO, Jill


    • Jill! You have got to find her shop and GO! She must not be too far from you. I would love to go. When I pulled out the book the other day to peruse I thought of you being in Brooklyn…and that shop being in Brooklyn…and I was so jealous!! : ) I would love to hear about it if you ever do decide to go.

      Thank you for hosting this month’s “How I Wear…”. It was a fun one!!


    • That is nice to hear (about the long skirt) because sometimes I feel very out-dated when I wear it but it is so comfortable. I have it in a couple of colors and find them very versatile. (JJill Wearever). Thank you!


  8. Yes these bags should be used! Love those in your previous post and thanks for passing on the tip about the difference between aligator and crocodile – I bet not a lot of people know that lol.


    • Well I can say I do love using the one I kept. I am surprised that it can hold everything I usually carry. Cute and functional…can’t go wrong! : )


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