New Year's Eve Clutches

With Christmas fast approaching and the opportunity to shop for gifts drawing to a close, lots of online retailers are beginning to refocus themselves for New Year’s Eve preparations. Traditionally, year-end festivities are a time for glitzy dresses and disco-ball-inspired accessories, and if you’re looking to bedazzle yourself head-to-toe in bling, then mazel tov – this is exactly the occasion to indulge your inner magpie.

Spend Save Splurge Racing Stripes

Usually when we do a Save, Spend, Splurge post, we start off at a low price point and work our way up to a fantasy item. This time, though, all the bags are a little bit spendy – we didn’t plan it that way, but sometimes, that’s just how the handbag world works, much to all of our chagrins.

Even though spring’s technical start is in late March, old-fashioned sartorial rules often dictate that no one should wear truly spring-like things until after Easter. White, raffia, pale flowers – all verboten until after some arbitrary holiday.

Over the past few years, clutches molded out of clear lucite or acrylic have enjoyed wide popularity, at least on runways. It’s a trend that nearly every brand has touched on at one point or another, but because not everyone jumped on the bandwagon at once, a clear evening bag still feels fresh and modern.

Normally we do our Save, Spend, Splurge features with different brands that achieve a similar look at a variety of price points, but everyone on the PurseBlog team is so obsessed with Proenza Schouler’s bags that we thought the brand deserved a post all to itself.

My calendar has said December for a full week now, which means that there’s no more hiding – holiday parties are upon us. For some of you, they might have already started, but the truly glitzy stuff usually occurs closer to Christmas and New Year’s.

We don’t spent a great deal of time discussing wallets around here. That’s not because we don’t love them – we do! – but bags do a fine job grabbing all of the spotlight, leaving wallets and other small leather goods with little attention to share among themselves.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Python is huge for fall. I haven’t been an overwhelming proponent of many of the season’s python looks, but it’s hard for me to turn down a good, natural, neutral python bag.


For better or for worse, spring and summer mean that it’s time for outdoor events. I have weather-sensitive hair, so I’d generally rather be indoors, but a good garden party, picnic or scenic outdoor wedding can win over even this lover of airconditioning.