If metallic embossed leather and a serious statement cuff to match feels a bit too festive in the pre-Labor Day moment, allow yourself to think ahead. Gold reigns supreme for the fall and holiday seasons, so it’s best to make sure you’re covered early. When it comes to exotic animal motifs and flamboyant flourishes, nobody does it better than glamorous gypsy-turned-designer Roberto Cavalli.
Think hot Miami nights and a modern take on Michelle Pfeiffer’s character’s style in Scarface: overt decadence with a wink and a coy smile. A classic foldover clutch in stamped and laminated leather is easy to take out just about anywhere (as long as it’s not broad daylight), but obviously, it’s the glittering wristlet bangle – a pair of crystal-encrusted panthers attached to a simple strap – that makes this piece memorable. It’s also a detail that makes for the sort of two-in-one accessory that will be fresh and fun for multiple seasons to come. Roberto Cavalli clutch on Forzieri for $2,170.
Pair with: You’ll want a shoe that lets the clutch speak for itself without trying to compete, like Charlotte Olympia’s Natalie leather pumps, accented with just a touch of transparency. On My Theresa for $741.