With Lucy Rowley
DEAR Stylist – So we’re officially in the party season and my office party outfit is more or less complete however there is just one thing missing. It’s the accessory that no woman can be without; day or night. No of course I’m not talking about a man; I am talking about the perfect clutch. It’s always by my side to hold my must-haves and needs. As it is Christmas I thought I would treat myself to a new one… do you have any suggestions?
Choosing a bag is never easy, you don’t need to tell me – at least five laps of the store will be needed until I settle on one. There are lots of things to take into consideration, size, colour, strap or no strap? All of these things you are best having some idea of before heading out on this trip, otherwise prepare to be overwhelmed.
Now if you are anything like me you will go for timeless pieces. A bag that may cause you to widen the purse strings (or extend the overdraft, whichever you prefer) but one that will never date and even in five years time will still look good under the arm. Take the Stella McCartney Falabella clutch for example; with its signature chain detail and faux suede texture this is sure to be a knock out with your LBCD (Little Black Christmas Dress). It is available in a multitude of colours and prints and at £515 you can consider it an early Christmas present to yourself.
If I have just broke the bank with that one then here is something slightly more affordable. I am sure all of you have seen the stud trend this season. So what better way to work it than with studs…and lots of them. With added wrist strap (safety first ladies) you will have this Sam Edelman clutch by your side all night (£240).
Now for my last one we have this delightful DKNY number (£135). It’s black, it’s embellished, it’s a box clutch. The ultimate clutch for the festive season, with added mirror there is no reason for smudged lipstick.
Lucy Rowley is a personal shopper at Harvey Nichols Leeds. Call 0113 204 8000.
CLUTCH THESE: Stella McCartney Falabella clutch, £515; Sam Edelman with studs, £240 and DKNY in black, £135.