Small bags that perch on your forearm are so comfortable to carry and with the bag hanging delicately on your arm it is easier to maneuver through tiny spaces without knocking anything over. The look of a small purse or clutch perched on you arm or carried oh so delicately is very feminine and lady like, unlike carrying a huge bag and looking like your going to the laundry mat with a full bag of dirty clothes. Another great thing about vintage purses from the 1940s was the fact that they complemented outfits they didn't clash or cover up the outfit being worn. I hate when a girl has a gorgeous dress on but shes carrying this massive handbag and you cant even see the dress she is wearing.
This gorgeous photo of a young lady in what looks like the early 1950's partly inspired this post. I love her handbag it looks to be from the 1950s but the style is very similar to those from the 1940's.
Here are some great vintage 1940's purses for sale on etsy.
Great article on purses of the 1940s versus those of today can be found here