Lately I’ve been preoccupied with vintage (mostly jewelry, but anything fashion-related will do), and if the shows in Paris, Milan and New York recently were any indication, I’m not the only one. Midcentury shapes and colors are all the rage, and now’s the time to get in on the trend before it trickles down to the masses.
Actual vintage shopping can be difficult – it takes an impeccable eye to weed through the racks and boxes of crap to find a gem, and even when you dedicate some time and thought to it, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually find anything you want to wear or use. That’s where vintage revival pieces come in, and my current favorite is the Sondra Roberts Pleated Box Clutch. The color, shape and materials are perfect for the tailored looks that will be coming our way in about six months.
Yellow-tinged shades of brown and tan are key to creating a 50s- and 60s-reminiscent look, and the pleated acetate that covers this clutch is the perfect color to harken back to a very specific era. Normally I would wrinkle my nose at the use of a synthetic fabric, but acetate is so appropriate for the era that it’s likely that you’d find it on a vintage clutch from the same era. Just, you know, make sure that you don’t get it near an open flame.
The cherry on top of this clutch is obviously the oversized pyramid closure, which appears to be made of acrylic. The multiple shades and opacities that make up the closure add a great deal of visual interest to the clutch while still adding to its vintage look, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a similar quality, reasonably priced vintage clutch in most consignment stores. Buy through Nordstrom for $88.