April 28, 2007

Oversized Clutches

On a recent shopping spree, I was bored, waiting outside the changing room, and I started picking up the bags around. After a few bags, I picked up this large Marni clutch, looked into the mirror and got that feeling -that unexpected, novel feeling. After carrying large handbags during daytime for so long, it was SO refreshing to carry this clutch.

OK, so oversized clutches might not be a trend this season, and carrying a bag without the strap is certainly annoying. But it's such a nice feeling to carry a bag with only the things you actually need, instead of the ten million random, useless things you probably have in your bag. Ever since that moment of holding the Marni clutch, I've started to take notice of oversized clutches around me. Zara this season, has very Marni-sh oversized clutches. And I love Ashley's large, red Bottega Veneta one -it's just the right size and adds a touch of colour to her outfit.
J Crew has some classic summer ones, such as this straw clutch.

Here is a canvas one by J Crew that is less beachy.

While the L.A.M.B. Catania clutch isn't 100% my style, but it is very cool.

For something really simple and affordable, these are from Top Shop.

These two are right on trend: (Left) Black patent clutch by Goldenbleu; (Right) Metallic clutch by Lauren Mirkin -great for night time. Both are available at shopbop.

Lastly, one of my favourite ones -the Balenciaga Giant Traveller. It's way out of my budget for a clutch but I'll just continue fantasizing about it.

OK, so I'm probably not going to buy a daytime, oversized clutch anytime soon (unless I happen to see an affordable one,) but it's such a nice alternative to the heavy, huge bags we've been lugging around recently!

Photo credits: Linked above.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

as cute as these bags look, i find them incovenient for everyday use. Although some may be good for those rare nights out when you don't want to carry too much stuff.

4/28/2007 10:27 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

clutches are great for those few special occasions.. but as for an everyday bag? just a bad idea... what a pain! I'll admit it though they'e adorable and especially like the marni one and the last one


4/28/2007 12:49 PM  
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4/28/2007 2:05 PM  
Blogger Outfit-a-day said...

Ooooh I love largeish ( especially envelope-shaped) clutches! Those ones from Top Shop are really cool, and I've seen a nice, distressed-gold one by Susan Fitch. I do agree, however, that they're rather a pain to carry around all day...

4/28/2007 3:54 PM  
Blogger scarlettholly said...

I love the topshop ones and the straw one from J Crew. I have to say, if I ever carry a clutch, I just end up with hand cramp. Not a good look...

4/28/2007 9:24 PM  
Blogger fashion me this said...

lauren merkin makes the most FABULOUS clutches
I find that these are pretty nice for when just going out for some small shopping like buying a snack or whatever and same with for evening

4/29/2007 6:00 AM  
Blogger The Shopping Nerd said...

I love this trend. I'll be doing a post on day clutches in the next week. They're awesome.

4/29/2007 8:28 AM  
Anonymous db said...

I think clutches are cute for an evening night out or special kind of look, but I'm not a big fan of the emerging larger size clutches out there. I feel like it's a little bit too big to be practical for everyday use, let alone the fact that it's kind of hard to carry a larger bag around when it doesn't have a handles.

4/29/2007 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You see a lot of oversized clutches in the Fendi fw07 show! i like them!

4/29/2007 11:24 PM  
Blogger Frapp said...

I hate clutches, I just can't STAND not having a strap to sling over my shoulder.

4/30/2007 2:51 AM  
Anonymous tram said...

very "Carrie Bradshaw" from the earlier seasons of SATC. she was all about the clutches.

4/30/2007 5:45 AM  
Anonymous jennifer said...

those envelope clutches from top shop look just like the ones from michaels kors. they are so cute, but like frapp said, sometimes practicality reigns and a more hands-free bag wins out -- that doesn't make me lust after these adorable clutches any less, especially the balenciaga one, yum.

4/30/2007 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Randelle said...

I've been looking for an oversized clutch since last year. I lvoe them!

4/30/2007 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Overpriced Designer Man Bag said...

the balenciaga one is awesome - it has dividers inside so you can neatly organize all your travel stuff.

5/01/2007 10:48 AM  
Blogger Viola said...

they all look supercute!

5/07/2007 7:20 PM  
Blogger rollergirl said...

Random? Useless? Oh I dunno, I couldn't go anywhere without my ...umbrella, phone, sunglasses, notebook, make-up, er you get the picture. but with shoulder pads making a comeback next season it looks like slouchy shoulder bags will have to give way to clutches and tophandles.

5/08/2007 4:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel like everything's oversized this season: clutches, heels, pants....
agnes b, a french designer, has really cute oversized pants if you're still looking for yours by the way ;) the link is www.agnesb.com

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