Headed out on the town this New Year’s Eve? Keep your essentials — keys, credit card, lipstick and cell phone — safe in one of these fancy-pants evening box clutches. No longer just for teenagers headed to prom or celebs walking an award show red carpet, these metallic, sparkly and jeweled little purses will give any party look a little extra oomph.
To say that I’m “clutch-obsessed” is an understatement. I’m a full-blown, self-professed addict of these neat little purses. Having practiced all summer, I am now a pro at fitting my daily essentials into a clutch (hint, hint: It all begins with a mini hold-all wallet). So this fall I’m not putting away my clutches for sturdier and larger bags. Instead, I’m looking for clutches done in heavy fabrics and autumn colors. My first find was a delectable goodie by Rue 114. The Africa Rising Collection celebrates the “endless riches of Africa” and features animal and other organic prints in beige and brown. I’m partial to the Bamako clutch for the simple geometric lines of the mud cloth. But I also recommend checking out the other collections in the Rue 114 Etsy shop because you can’t beat one-of-a-kind style for $35 to $45!
Everyone needs a simple leather clutch in their arsenal. This American Apparel medium-sized pouch can fit most of your essentials, plus a small paperback. It comes in so many neutral and punchy colors, like rose bowl and buttercup, that you’ll have a difficult time choosing just one. But at $50, you can afford to pick two or three.
My go-to clutch for a night out is a black leather Loeffler Randall number with silver pyramid studs. I love the thing, but can’t help feeling that something is missing, you know? Resigned to the fact that I would never find that missing piece, I came to accept my clutch for what it is. Until, that is, I saw Kendal Murray’s new wares and realized what my purse is lacking: live grass and miniature cattle! How did it take so long to see that no clutch, compact, or tea pot is complete until it’s home to a nature diorama? [The Trendy Girl] Keep reading »
I have to admit I have some beef with clutches. Seriously, how many do you own, and how often do you use them? They’re oh-so-pretty in principle, but can really only come into play for fancy events where you’ll have a place to safely stash your clutch for the evening. Otherwise, sucks to be you, balancing a glass of champagne in one hand, squeezing your purse inside your armpit, all while trying to shake with a new acquaintance. Maison Martin Margiela‘s new Box Clutch isn’t doing much to convince us to tote the free-form accessory more often. Can you imagine trying to manage this super long hard case throughout a night?
I say: Go for a clutch with an optional chain detail that you can stuff into the purse body or take out to sling over your shoulder when you get fed up (five whole minutes later). [StyleFrizz] Keep reading »
Can’t quite commit to the popular androgynous fashion trend sweeping the nation? Don’t want to wear a boy-cut without having a bit of girlish flair in there? Now you can go both ways with this Adam & Eve purse from Patricia Field. The metallic and lacquer torso clutch is half-man, half-woman—meaning you can swing both ways and wear it with both your busty-boob dresses and your andro ponchos. [Fashion Tribes] Keep reading »