If brevity is the soul of wit, what’s the soul of fashion? I like maximalism as much as anyone (in fact, probably far more than most people), but the grandiosity of it can feel exhausting from time to time. The trends toward layering textures, colors and prints are some of my favorite fads in years, but that doesn’t mean I can’t look at the Valentino Satin Bow Box Clutch and think that it seems positively refreshing by comparison.

Valentino often goes maximal with its accessories, so the subtle charms of this little clutch are even more welcome. From the perfect shade of blush to the expertly obscured slot for hand-carry, this is an evening bag that doesn’t try to overshadow whatever beautiful dress with which you’ve surely paired it.

I’m one of those people who can’t tie a pretty, symmetrical bow to save her life, so the precision of the one that accents this clutch is all the more appealing to me. With the color, material and sleek feel, I can’t help but think that this would be the perfect evening bag to take to the ballet. Just make sure that your ensemble lives up to this bag’s quiet glamour. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $845.

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