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.

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  • Jane

    Simply gorgeous. I love the tailored look of this clutch. The swirled fabric, and the pyramid acrylic clasp are simply elegant. For $88 wow what could be better.

  • Jane

    Oh no, I was just looking at the other colors the clutch comes in when I hit on the gray there was a pull in the fabric all the way from the top of the clutch to the bottom. I hope that doesn’t mean that the fabric is going to fall apart in a just a few days.

    • Amanda Mull

      Oh I totally see what you mean. I didn’t look at the grey closely because I liked this color so much. Well, at least we know that Nordstrom will take anything back if the fabric DOES pull easily and that’s not a fluke.

  • mochababe73

    It appears that the clutch is the color of old school pantyhose. If were in a brigher color, I would go for it.

  • Karin bag4bag

    I like the black one, but the lack of wearability in the fabric worries me. Second thoughts on purchase… I know it is cheap but I want it to last more than one outing !