Monday, 2 April 2012

#29 Colour Block Clutches

I have a plain red leather clutch from the 80’s. It was my Mum’s (or is) and I have borrowed it long term (stolen, never to be returned).
The leather is beautifully soft, lipstick red and cracked inside from so much wear. And when I say it is plain, it is absolutely plain. It’s just a soft, red leather clutch.

But it has character. I can’t tell you the amount of compliments I’ve received, or how many times I’ve chosen it to accompany me to bars, clubs, pubs, cocktails, parties, ballrooms, bedrooms… the lot.

Considering this bag is older than I am, it’s seen a lot of life – and a real testament to buying for investment, something I’m slowly getting better at. I like a Primark spree as much as the next girl, and I’m far more likely to buy something if it’s in the sale than if it’s not. I am absolutely guilty of buying something, wearing it twice, and throwing it in the nearest charity bag. At twenty one, I like disposable fashion because most of the time I can’t afford to live otherwise. I do have a few exceptions – a fuchsia Hobbs NW3 Blazer, a red Coast Jacket, a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 – but such pieces are few and far between. Besides, I think you get more for your money and your investment in buying accessories. Bags, watches, jewelry, scarves, hats, sunglasses – all timeless, all in vogue – and good quality pieces will go far. Here are my favourite leather clutches on the market:

The Pretty: ASOS Leather and Pony Clutch, £30.00

The Posh: Ted Baker Elder Studded Envelope Clutch, £79.00

The Oh My Gosh: Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Box Clutch, £910.00

For a real bargain - buy vintage. You'll be surprised and delighted at the range of choice online and on the street for a good price.


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