Dear Bag Snob,
I’m a little embarrassed to ask, but I think most of us out here have the same question: What the heck goes in a clutch these days?! I’m not talking about the clutch you carry with your LBD. That’s easy: cash, a credit card and lipstick! I’m talking about the oversized clutches for day that are everywhere now! Many of them are still envelope slim, though flexible. But what gives? Are there special wallets or card holders we need for these? I have a basic black leather oversize clutch with circle die cut-outs, and a red shiny alligator oversized envelope clutch. Love them both, but still am at a loss of how to use them on a normal workday. Does this look require an additional tote?
Thanks for your help!
This is a completely valid question. The giant clutch trend as with the giant bag trend is not about filling a sudden demand for roominess, it is about the look. I am sure it does benefit the needs of some but in reality most of these giant bags have the same stuff any other bags do. The giant clutch trend is really liberating, there is more freedom and less discrimination when packing. You don’t have to decide between this gloss and that gloss, you bring your whole cosmetic pouch! Although, I have to say, once you have a giant bag, you do find things to put in there that you normally would not think of carrying. Even without my kids in tow, I find that I cannot live without wet wipes – spilled coffee, going to the gas station, etc. all require a good wipe. So that goes in my bag if I am carrying a big one. Back in the day, most bags were clutches, and they were quite big. That was the bag women used on a daily basis so they needed to be a good size. And I love that we are going back to that! But be careful with the envelope thin clutches, do not overstuff or it will look quite pregnant. People complained that the Fendi clutch looked like a pillow but the puffiness allows for reckless stuffing! And whatever you do, do not use a tote with it!! =)