The Handbag Subterfuge

None of us like Handbag Snobbery (unless we are the ones disparaging someone else’s choice of handbag.) I don’t even like it when a person praises my handbag, for god sake. When Susie B wrote about suffering the disdainful gaze of two awful Handbag Snobs on a train, my heart went out to her.   I should start making little badges that say “Please don’t stare at my handbag.”

It’s a difficult situation if you care about style and fashion. I love my bags for being both beautiful and expensive. I love them for being not the ones that are obvious and popular. But on some occasions, I don’t want the burden of my enormous handbag. So I pack my essentials into a bag that I selected for it’s stomach-turning ugliness.

Check out its ugly features. The flower thing made out of a zipper, the studded wristlet, the gold handcuff things dangling there for no reason, and the purple plastic that is actually transparent even though you can’t tell from the picture. It is eight X five inches of pure eyesore.   All that for $11.

And speaking of eyesore, today at the mall I walked past a shoe-store window and was assaulted by a vision from hell itself: Gladiator sandals in a rainbow of awful colors, signifying to me that gladiators have not only jumped the shark, they have eaten and regurgitated the shark. Behold the wares of Shiekh shoes.

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12 Responses to The Handbag Subterfuge

  1. susie_bubble says:

    Those sandals are truly horrendous…. good on you for not caring a bit about what you carry your stuff in…actually it’s not even that ugly….

  2. hammie says:

    See? That is what is wrong with the world when a fashion that suits almost no-one (Russell Crowe and perhaps Cate Blanchette excepted) gets picked up by the mass market. And when exactly do you wear these vile shoes? If it is hot, the back of your leg will be sweaty, if it is cold; the joy of blue toes.
    (ps. Beautiful handbags never pull their weight, I always end up carrying extra stuff in those free “holdalls” you get with women’s magazines, bler)

  3. Imelda Matt says:

    WHY?????? It’s the fifth ring of Dante’s Inferno!

  4. WendyB says:

    I love it when people stare at my handbags. And jewelry. Unless they are planning to mug me. In that case, I disapprove. Other than that — let them be jealous.

  5. Sonja says:

    I walked past someone on the street just this afternoon wearing very similar sandals. I felt so sorry for her because she had to know how fugly they were. they wouldn’t be so bad, actually, if they had about 20 less straps up the leg. Say 3 straps on the foot and 2, max 3 straps up the leg. I might like them then.

  6. enc says:

    There’s a Shiekh Shoes in the nearby time-warp mall, and all it’s wares are hideous. I stay far, far away.

    I like your little bag, I think it’s fabulous.

    Those women who disdained Susie Bubble’s bag had made the most pedestrian of designer-bag choices. It was really rich that they snubbed her bag. Joke’s on them, though, now they’re infamous.

  7. Sister Wolf says:

    Yes, Susie nailed them.

    I need these gladiators to get out of my way. I need to see boots instead. I can’t wait for winter!

  8. Mark says:

    I saw a clueless chick at JFK unbuckling her lame gladiator sandals at the security check point. She was there for like 15 minutes. The really great thing was she actually thought she was super-stylish and hot.

  9. Sister Wolf says:

    Hahaha, maybe they will be outlawed at airports!

  10. julie says:

    Oooh, I like the studs on your bag. Ugly is the new pretty.

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