Practically every time I have to get dressed up I find myself trotting out an evening bag I bought 14 years ago. It has dangly beads and sequins, and at the last wedding I attended, my friend’s husband called it a sea creature.
With a pull here and a tuck there, I’ve managed to convert it into a wristlet that’s big enough to hold everything I usually need, like makeup, a hairbrush, my iPhone, a camera, my business cards, my ID, some cash… You get the picture.
This bag actually looks good for its age; 14 in handbag years, as in dog years, is pretty old.
I know I need a new bag. And it’s not like I haven’t looked, and even auditioned replacements over the years. It’s just that nothing ever seems to look as good, AND hold as much, as Sea Creature Bag.
However, it’s time to retire this old beaded standby. Frankly, if I have to carry it to one more wedding, I may cry.
But here’s the problem. What’s in style now are clutches. They’re everywhere. Adorable little envelope-shaped bags you hold in the palm of your hand. Great. Except, I don’t know about you, but at parties, I need one hand free for a glass of pinot noir, and the other hand free for, well, a glass of pinot noir. Or for handing out business cards (“You haven’t heard of Crisis in Denim?! Here’s my card.”).
Mom says : “Didn’t you watch the Oscars? All the stars carried clutches.” To which I replied: “Yes, and they all had personal assistants and maids and nannies and waitresses to hold their clutches while they drank their wine.”
Sigh. I can’t afford a personal assistant. But I’m probably going to have to get a clutch anyway.
Now, I know there are bags with wrist-straps out there, but the ones I’ve seen are no bigger than wallets.
The bags with shoulder straps usually have long gold chains and scream ‘granny bag.’
Of course, I’ve started doing a little online pre-shopping and here is what I’ve come up with:
There’s this Michael Kors clutch. I love how the buckles make it casual, but the shininess makes it dressy.
… Hmmm. I see there are some cuties out there. Maybe entering the world of clutches isn’t so bad….
Of course, I lovey-love the Kooba one at Bluefly. It’s basic and simple and will go with almost any outfit. For now a bit out of my price range, but hey, a girl can dream.
…Okay, okay my spirits are lifting already….
Oh, and look. Here’s a funky black and white creation I discovered on Etsy.com. I can think of three outfits already that it would look great with.
…I think I may be a clutch convert….
I can’t promise anything, but if we end up at a party together, I’ll show you my new clutch. In fact, would you mind holding it while I take just a teensy sip of my wine?