Sunday, December 21, 2008

Trend Watch - Oversized Clutches

bigger, better

The OVERSIZED CLUTCH was the hottest accessory last year with many celebrities (Victoria Beckham, Lindsay lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen, Sarah Jessica Parket) sporting the style generously and IT IS STILL A HOT FASHION TREND. "I think it's so chic and glamorous. I love it for day; I love it for night", stylist Nicole Chavez says. They're an instant way to bring an outfit up to date.

Victoria Beckham carrying Jimmy Choo Clutch (left) and Hermes Baccara Clutch at Oscar De La Renta Spring Show 2008 (right)

Victoria Beckham is carrying Jimmy Choo's Marin Oversized Bad, buy from for $1,250 or for £637.

Ashlee Simpson (left) and Katherine McPhee (right)

Gwen Stefani carrying L.A.M.B convertible oversized clutch

The oversized clutch has ample space for all your essentials but doesn't lead to lugging shoulder-killing loads around. As well as being elegant to look at themselves, the oversized clutch bag forces you to carry yourself more elegantly too, rather than hunching up under a heavy shoulder bag. It's been spotted all over the runway from Bottega Veneta and Lanvin to Missoni.

The best part of carrying the overnight clutch is that it gives you freedom to carry something fashionable and chic while being able to carry everything you need with ease.

Budget Buys

1. Matt and Nat Japanese Paper Oversized Clutch for £50 now (earlier was £100), click here to buy

2. Suzy Smith Oversized Twist Lock Clutch for £25 now (earlier £39), click here to buy

3. Linea Satin Oversized Flap Over Frame Clutch for £48 from House of Fraser. Available in three colours - purple, black and silver. Our pick: Purple. Purple in satin looks very elegant and rich. Click here to buy.


What can I accessorize it with?
If you are a subtle dresser then you can let the oversized clutch be your main accessory. But if you love to accessorize then pile on the bangles so all the attention is drawn towards the bag.

I am petite, can I still carry an oversized clutch?
Petite girls don't need need to skip the trend. It will look great on you too.

So follow the lead of famous fashionistas and carry a clutch with space to spare.

Smart Tip: Invest in one with a detachable strap so it transforms into the next big thing - a sling bag.

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