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 »
Sure, newspapers are dying a slow death around the world, but that didn’t stop Mitemite from cheekily reinventing them. Behold, the newspaper print clutch. It’s designed to look like a folded newspaper, including the crazy tabloid headlines (Charles Manson! Drunk Europeans having sex! Dead babies coming back to life!) and chrome chain shoulder strap to make it look like you’ve got your news tucked nicely under your arm. [Farfetch.com] Keep reading »
You may not be able to easily access your cash with this insane nail purse created by Tom Binns and Corto Moltedo, but it’s very, very unlikely you will get mugged. [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »
Most of the handbags we own are pretty utilitarian, meaning they blend in with most of our clothes and can hold our everyday essentials: keys, wallet, iPod, phone, lip balm, magazine, camera, apple, and work ID. In short, we lug around our life. So, the few times we get all gussied up, we either have to put our pared-down necessities in a cheap black clutch we bought back in college, or carry our huge everyday bag with our dressy dress. Now, however, we’ve found a fun bag that’ll even start conversations for us at awkward cocktail parties. TsuroBride‘s metallic leather animal-shaped clutches, $80 and up, are playful but not tacky, and we think they’d look as elegant and appropriate with a black-tie dress as with jeans and a T-shirt. And, if you like animals so much you don’t wear anything made from them, the designer can create a pleather version for you. [Etsy] Keep reading »
We know you ladies lead very active social lives when you’re not glued to your computer reading The Frisky. We think this leather snake-print clutch from Nicole Lee will help you go from the office to cocktails with friends without forgetting your credit card or lip gloss, because it’s the perfect size to use as both an everyday wallet and an evening handbag. Simply throw it in your oversized purse in the morning, and when you’re ready for the festivities later, your clutch is already packed and ready to go. [$39, Nicole Lee]
We’re giving a Nicole Lee Snake Clutch to five readers, but you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, Sept. 25 through Thursday, Oct. 1—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »