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Started 1346195565.27 in All About Handbags | Last reply 1346550243.38 by barbeegirl

I think I remember an old fashion rule that you shouldn't use patent leather shoes or handbags after Labor Day. Is that trend still followed?

I saw a patent leather handbag at a local outlet that I really liked and was wondering how long it could be carried.

Thanks!

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lavenderju­nkie1346196708.6212913 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

No rules. Wear what you want, when you want to. Just make sure your outfit looks pulled together and you will be fine. I wear a Dooney bordeaux colored patent leather handbag in the fall and winter, but save my fuschia and lavender patents leathers for the spring, as I live in the northeast. Black patent is year round.

I also note you live in a warm climate. You will find that most colors... leather or patent work year round.

BTW, what color was the patent handbag you found?

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JoyJ1346197142.0376791 PostsRegistered 4/10/2010California

I'm in California so those rules just don't exist out here. I have not heard of the patent leather rule. I had heard about not wearing white after Labor Day. But when the temps are still in the 90's and 100's here in Sept and early Oct... I'm still wearing my white sandals and white tops.

I say, if you like it.. get it.

StylishLady1346197894.493928 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009Florida

I don't recall a rule about patent leather. I only have one bag in black that I carry whenever I feel like it.

Cleo1231346199057.193270 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008Texas
On 8/28/2012 lavenderjunkie said:

No rules. Wear what you want, when you want to. Just make sure your outfit looks pulled together and you will be fine. I wear a Dooney bordeaux colored patent leather handbag in the fall and winter, but save my fuschia and lavender patents leathers for the spring, as I live in the northeast. Black patent is year round.

I also note you live in a warm climate. You will find that most colors... leather or patent work year round.

BTW, what color was the patent handbag you found?

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Thanks to all for your responses!

The bag I'm considering is black patent letter with a brown leather strap handle. What I like about it is that it is rather light weight with a light colored lining. I really dislike black lining for handbags, as I can never find my keys or cell phone in the bottom of the bag.

stevieb1346240815.128250 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007

If I loved it, especially since it's a darker color, I'd carry it whenever I wanted. I'm not a big fan of patent leather, but do like some patent bags. If you get it, enjoy it!

haddon91346240932.956028 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005Bucks County, Pa

Those rules simply don't exist anymore. They are dated and old fashioned. If you like it wear what you want!

KentuckyWo­man1346242522.9431771 PostsRegistered 10/29/2009

There did use to be this ancient rule about patent leather in spring and summer only. I never did pay any attention to it. I have a croco embossed handbag in black patent leather and I carry it year round. A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a Coach patent leather handbag in deep wine and I fully intend to carry it all fall and winter or whenever I want. I say enjoy!

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suzyQ31346372667.3724518 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

I'm not familiar with any rule about no patent leather after Labor Day. In fact, if I were to have guessed at any rule, I would have thought it would be that patent leather is more for fall and winter. Regardless, I'm lucky to live in an area in which there really are no rules for stuff like that.

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SUHSE391346387008.3331642 PostsRegistered 3/13/2012

I am not familiar with that rule nor would I care.

I wouldn't choose to carry a Summery patent shade in Jan.,but, I recently bought a gorgeous navy blue patent Audrey Coach tote, and I'll be fine carrying it yearround

willdob31346387195.07310360 PostsRegistered 10/31/2010

There are no rules these days. I am not sure when the seasonal rules went out of style but they did.

Desertdi1346398768.00715711 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

Might still be in big Eastern cities......but I've lived in the West since '70.....(So CA & AZ) and there aren't many rules here.

Vivian1346402184.5633270 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
I remember that patent leather rule but I think dark colored patent is fine in fall and winter. I have a gorgeous black patent Dooney bag with dark brown leather trim and I use it all year round.

rj1671346402935.97493 PostsRegistered 6/2/2006Illinois

I too remember the rule. I think it existed because the old style patent leather would crack in cold weather.

But I agree with most viewers, if its a dark color go ahead and rcok it {#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

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haddon91346410410.416028 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005Bucks County, Pa
On 8/31/2012 Desertdi said:

Might still be in big Eastern cities......but I've lived in the West since '70.....(So CA & AZ) and there aren't many rules here.

I'm right between Philly & NY and I don't know of anyone who follows that dated rule!

lavenderju­nkie1346424859.74712913 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

There is another consideration here.... the 'durability' of patent leather. Up until last week I would have said that patent leather needed to be treated gently, but I hadn't had many problems. All that changed when I pulled my bordeaux Dooney patent Sara bag out yesterday. It had be stored in carton in a clean, light colored pillow case in my closet... which is cool. But apparently the bag folded on itself and some of the patent leather has flaked away in spots. I'm really not very happy. The bag was barely used, and the damage is not in any place that was subject to wear. No more patent for me.

itslikeher­dingcats1346426153.0574039 PostsRegistered 9/20/2010

The bag you describe sounds great, love that color combination and black is always great for fall and winter. If you love it, grab it!

jenagal1346443363.6976172 PostsRegistered 10/21/2004Midwest: God's Country
I'm leary of patent leather bags but I do own a couple anyway. After they get old, do they crack (not from the weather but from being old) and drying out? I've had cheap patent before and they did that. I'm hoping the expensive Coaches and Dooneys don't. Has this been commented on before?

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lavenderju­nkie1346446379.81712913 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Jena: my patent handbags are Dooney patent leather, and they haven't cracked. But one of them is starting to flake. It's not dried out. I think the patent stuck to itself when the handbag folded over and some spots stuck together.

nuck1346446837.1736 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern 'burbs of Atlanta

lavenderjunkie, sorry to hear about your D&B patent bag, maybe you can contact D&B and see if they can replace it? I have a light gray patent dooney that I love, but it does have a couple of dark marks on it and I'm not sure how to clean - any suggestions?

lavenderju­nkie1346448425.08712913 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

nuck: check the Dooney site for care instructions. There is a link at the bottom of the Dooney home page. The one thing I will say for sure.... use no chemicals anywhere near the patent leather. I had a patent leather bag that was in the same room as some air freshener was sprayed. The tiny droplets ate away at the patent leather. That's not the current handbag I have a problem with, but it was a bag experience.

nuck1346457566.47736 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern 'burbs of Atlanta
On 8/31/2012 lavenderjunkie said:

nuck: check the Dooney site for care instructions. There is a link at the bottom of the Dooney home page. The one thing I will say for sure.... use no chemicals anywhere near the patent leather. I had a patent leather bag that was in the same room as some air freshener was sprayed. The tiny droplets ate away at the patent leather. That's not the current handbag I have a problem with, but it was a bag experience.

Thanks I will go check out their website right now! Good luck with your bag, I hope D&B can do something.

barbeegirl1346550243.3868 PostsRegistered 9/23/2009

I have only heard of no white after labor day, patent leather is year round. Especially black and brown. Love love patent leather, I own several but just be careful and never let them touch another bag that is patent leather or patent shoes.

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