Christian Louboutin Bikini Clutch, $995 via Net-a-Porter. MaxMara Embossed Evening Clutch, $486 via Matches UK.

Even though much of the handbag world seems to find Christian Louboutin’s non-shoe accessories hit or miss, every now and then he comes out with a bag that you absolutely can’t miss because not only is it adorable, but every retailer in the known universe ordered it in three colors. This season, it’s the Christian Louboutin Bikini Watersnake Clutch, which comes lovely, dusty shades of cerulean, turquoise and fuchsia, which you see above.

The only problem, naturally, is that the Louboutin clutch costs a thousand dollars. For those who would rather go the faux-snakeskin route (or who would rather have a similar clutch in a neutral instead of a bright), check out the MaxMara Embossed Evening Clutch for less than half the price of the Louboutin bag. Sure, MaxMara calls it embossed lizard, but I think we all know faux python when we see it.


The Louboutin clutch definitely wins on color and material, but I think I prefer the structure of the MaxMara bag better. The chain just isn’t for your wrist; instead, it functions as a true shoulder strap or is entirely removable. And instead of a zippered opening like the Louboutin, MaxMara’s bag has a flap, which makes it more of a viable option for dressy events. Either way, though, you’re getting a cute, useable bag that will look current for seasons to come. Buy the Christian Louboutin through Net-a-Porter for $995, or the MaxMara through Matches UK for $486.

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