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In the Clutches of Style: Spotlight on Small Handbags

Posted on 07 September 2016

For women in Florida, few accessories are as important as a handbag, a tote bag or purse but a clutch bag, specifically, is a vital addition to a Florida lifestyle wardrobe. 

From a practical perspective, a clutch, whether it's an envelope-style clutch with simple, sleek lines or something lofty and textured, clutch purses hold the essentials for dining out. Money, phone, keys and maybe - reading glasses - can be held in one compact handbag. There's no need to lug a huge, cumbersome handbag into a restaurant or crowded coffee shop when the necessities are contained in one small-scale handbag. 

Spotlight on Small Handbags - Envelope Clutch

"Your handbag is the most emotional purchase you make. It has to be just right - fashionable as well as functional." ~Isaac Mizrahi

Beyond the sheer functionality of carrying a clutch, there are other factors to consider. Not only are these stylish silhouettes the perfect carryall for essentials but they're also a fashion statement. Carrying a clutch can add:

  • A pop of color to a neutral ensemble
  • A feminine element to an outfit
  • Texture and visual interest to complete a look

This classic clutch is a timeless option for evenings out. Subtle, quilted texture in basic black with a gold chain accent, this envelope style by Rebecca and Rifka channels the classic Chanel 2.55 handbag at a micro-fraction of the cost. Adding this bag and a strappy sandal to a simple dress or jeans and t-shirt can boost up a boring outfit to the height of fashion.


Spotlight on Small Handbag - Rebecca and Rifka Black Clutch

For days when relinquishing the clutches of a larger bag (handbag pun intended) isn't an option, there are vibrant, colorful options that include totes bags with removable zippered clutches. This is a perfect combination for everyday use, for traveling or to carry to the pool or beach. Talk about versatile accessory perfection!

Spotlight on Small Handbags -  Tote Bag

In photos of Diana, Princess of Wales, she was often seen exiting a car holding an evening bag to her chest. In fact, she referred to those clutches as her 'cleavage bags' as they were the perfect accessory to block photos of a low neckline from unwanted camera angles. 

Spotlight on Small Handbags - Mellow World Clutch

While women in Florida are more likely to attend luncheons, dinners or Happy Hours rather than paparazzi-filled functions, a clutch or evening bag is every bit as elegant and useful as they are to royalty. 

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By: Elisabeth Cook

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  • Denise Corsile: September 09, 2016

    Makes me want to go out and shop for an entire new wardrobe of bags!!!!

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