Marchesa Marisol Clutch

Under most circumstances, we are totally on board with the girly, princess-y, totally glamourous and heavily detailed evening bags that Marchesa turns out, season after season. It’s hard to imagine a brand who makes bags that would be more perfect to carry as a fairytale bride, and spotting on on the red carpet always helps liven up the sometimes-monotonous parade of sedate evening bags.

Kotur Make Your Own Minaudiere Satin Clutch

For some reason, people really like Pinterest. I’m not really sure why that is (that’s right, there’s a non-believer in your midst!), but I have friends who could wile away entire Sunday afternoons pinning decor ideas, recipes and, perhaps most importantly, crafts.

Holiday Party Clutches

If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t have an extensive stash of sparkly little party clutches and evening bags at the ready. During 11 months of the year, that’s not such a big tragedy, but then December comes around and hits us like a ton of bricks with its seemingly endless stream of evening get-togethers.

Edie Parker Flavia Personalized Clutch

At first, they were simply a fashion-insider favorite. Then they were available on Moda Operandi, but only for a few days. After that, you had to contact the brand directly to order your Edie Parker Nameplate Clutch, a process which most customers shy away from in the era of depersonalized online shopping.

Look for Less Prada Alice and Olivia Jeweled Clutches

Intellectually, I’m aware that all designer handbags are overpriced, but I have the hardest time grappling with the prices of small, sparkly bags. At least with a big leather or exotic tote, you can see your money in the physical size and materials of the thing.

Marchesa Lily Crystal Embroidered Box Clutch

There’s both a roughness and relief to Fridays. On the one hand, we’ve made it this far and the weekend is within shouting distance. On the other, quite significant hand, we’re not there yet. It’s about lunchtime on the East Coast, which means that some of you are probably starting to wonder how long after lunch you’ll have to wait before you can believably feign food poisoning and leave early.

Kotur Morley Reflective Iridescent Clutch

Somehow, I made it through almost the entire spring and summer wedding season without attending a single wedding. At 27, I’m a little too young for most of my New York contemporaries to be getting hitched, and my good friends back home haven’t been doing a lot of vow-exchanging lately either.

Marchesa Lily Minaudiere

The smaller the bag, the more embellishment a designer can pile on it without worry that it’ll completely overtake any outfit with which it’s paired. That’s a basic tenet of good handbag design, and designers have taken the idea so much to heart over the past couple of seasons that we now appear to be hurtling toward the concept’s logical extreme rather quickly.

Marchesa Fall 2013 Clutches and Handbags (23)

As much as I love Rick Owens’ industrial minimalism and Maison Martin Margiela’s subversive modernism, I’m an absolute fool for a girly, sparkly clutch. There’s just something about them that speaks deeply to my inner child who still harbors hopes of one day becoming a princess, even though I figured out early on that I was going to have to marry extremely well for that to happen.

Rauwolf Fall 2013 Clutches (5)

One of my favorite things about Moda Operandi is that the flash sale site’s staff has an eye for new talent and smaller designers that are ripe for their big breaks. On any given day, you’ll find a relatively unknown upstart listed alongside the Valentinos of the world, which is exciting for anyone looking to be the first person in her group of friends to wear or carry the Next Big Thing.

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