With Lucy Row­ley

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Fashion -

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.

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