Today's coveted must-have: the clutch. Though they have been on the scene for decades (my mom has a raffia envelope style from the 70's that I am always trying to borrow) clutches have made an enormous entrance for themselves this season. Their small size enables them to be bling-adorned without creating a costume effect, while still allowing you to stylishly stash a night's worth of essentials.
The wish list contains several buttery soft leathers clutches that I would gladly (and necessarily) forgo multiple meals to obtain. This Gucci bag is reminiscent of the Studio 54 era, and would brighten any ensemble. I am drawn to a small bag with some kind of vibrancy to it, like this Jimmy Choo magenta number which would certainly pair with most evening looks not containing red. Even on Bluefly, this LAI python clutch must sit on the wish list and be admired from afar.
For day to night, I love this Botkier ruffle clutch, whose price tag wouldn't hurt the wallet too deeply. Always a fan of Marc Jacobs and his more affordable Marc line, his handbags are no exception. This bright cobalt messenger bag can be converted into a clutch so it serves as 2 different bags. It has a distinct 80's vibe which I usually avoid at all costs, but paired with a modern ensemble, it could work. For a little taste of vintage, this Anthropologie clutch adds sweetness to an otherwise edgy party look. Speaking of vintage, everyone is by now aware of my indelible affection for the 1920's. This J.Crew Marabou bag takes me back to flapper dresses and fedoras.
If you are opting to shop for this season's parties from your own closet, this sequin box purse that converts into a strapless clutch will spice up any frock and leave you ample funds for New York City cocktail prices. For a little more, this J.Crew distressed metallic number is just rugged enough to escape being branded as prom-wear and land itself on the list. Complete with removable wrist strap, this Steve Madden ruffled clutch will be easy to hold on to once the 80's dance tunes begin blaring (plus Zappos always offers free standard shipping). Good things come in small sizes!