Charlotte Olympia Pandora Feather Clutch, $995 via Moda Operandi

In general, I’ve always been a fan of little lucite (or perspex, if you’re British) clutches. Making the things you carry part of a handbag’s visual design is an interesting move, and a box clutch is small enough that you’re unlikely to be carrying anything particularly messy or embarrassing. Choose your phone cover and card case wisely, but other than that, there’s little over which to fret.

For those who are made slightly more nervous by the prospect of a see-through bag, the Charlotte Olympia Pandora Feather Clutch would be a beautiful way to dip your toes in the water. This new version of the Pandora for Spring 2012 features a little bit of privacy through inlaid feathers, but your bag’s contents will still be on display.

Texture, including feathers, is an ongoing trend in fashion, and these clutches allow you to experiment without running the risk of buying a handbag that’s prone to molting. For $995, this clutch may seem a tad pricey, but it allows you to try out two huge evening bag trends without committing wholeheartedly to either of them, which is not without its charms. If you’re so inclined, both colors can be pre-ordered via Moda Operandi, for those who have an account. Sale ends 10/21.

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