Now, here’s a larger alternative to the clutch that I’m quite warmed up to. Though the Lauren Merkin clutch is eponymous, the brand is playing with their comfort zone with this bag. Sure, this Lauren Merkin Tess Pebbled Bag is a tad different than what we’re used to from the designer, but for those of your skeptics and nostalgics- look there, right in the center! A single inverted pleat acts as a nod to the Merkin style we know and love.

Lauren Merkin Tess Pebbled Bag
For someone who isn’t much of a clutch-carrier, this provides a cute accessory for a nighttime party dress, one that’s much more appealing to me than a clutch. The pebbled leather is tinted metallic, ensuring its glam factor, and besides that, it’s versatile. The chain strap can be worn long or doubled, so you can go all 20’s style flapper if you so desire, and if you’ve got a beaded dress and seamed stockings to rock it with.

And though it’s a tiny detail, one that’s often overlooked, I can’t help but point out that chain strap. It’s not the normal chain-link that sometimes gnaws on your skin, but a woven gold braid that, while it might leave some marks, won’t bite. For that added measure of comfort, plus the fact that I have the liberty to use both hands, I highly approve. Buy through Shopbop for $325.

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