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. Don’t let that fool you, though; see-through clutches have been around for decades and are often the best thing that a vintage store’s handbag selection has to offer.

If you want something with a more modernist edge (or if vintage shop-trawling simply isn’t your favorite hobby), we’ve done a little bit of legwork for you. In this edition of Save, Spend, Splurge, we highlight three clear plastic handbags at three very, very different price points. Check ’em out after the jump and tell us whether or not this is a trend that you’d ever buy into in the comments.


If your personal style icon is Zooey Deschanel or you’ve heard multiple people describe your look as “twee,” then the ModCloth Clear for Take-off Case might be the perfect option for your girly, retro personal style. Plus, the price can’t be beat. $14 via ModCloth.


Incredibly feminine and totally modern all at once, the delicate-but-not Charlotte Olympia Pandora Clutch is my easy favorite of the group. The only problem is that this bag is so pretty that I wouldn’t want to clutter it up by putting anything inside of it. $995 via Net-a-Porter.


Lucite clutches are generally quite feminine, but the Jimmy Choo Cadence Acrylic Wristlet Clutch takes thing in an entirely different direction with a decidedly S&M wrist cuff. It’s an interesting clutch, but the price is puzzlingly high. $3495 via Net-a-Porter.

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