You may have noticed that it isn’t unusual for the fashion world to jump from one extreme to another. For proof, just take a look at the latest accessory trend to sweep the red carpets. Instead of the mini bags of last season, top tastemakers like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kirsten Dunst are opting to go big—via oversized clutches, that is. Luckily, this trend is as sensible as it is stylish—no longer do you have to choose between your lipstick and your lip gloss, because everything fits! On that note, click through to today’s Accessory Report for all the need-to-know details on how to work this trend.
Although an oversized clutch is sure to catch the eye, you don’t have to let it steal focus from your outfit. On the contrary, one of the best ways of trying this trend is to match your clutch to your outfit, as evidenced by Charlize Theron. Earlier this month, Charlize wore a green Reed Krakoff dress to an award brunch in Palm Springs. Her dress had black trim, making her oversized black clutch the perfect accompaniment—it stands out against the green, but doesn’t steal focus from the dress. To make Charlize’s look your own, try pairing a clutch like ASOS’s Pyramid-Lock Clutch ($27) or Botkier’s Charlotte Clutch ($197) with a bright dress like Rag & Bone’s Nightingale Dress ($415).
Another way to work this trend is to make your oversized clutch part of your color story, which is exactly what Rosie Huntington-Whiteley did for the Burberry Prorsum show back in September. Notice how Rosie’s leather trench, lightweight top, and oversized clutch all have an earthy tone—whether it is clay orange, olive green, or brown? This is another way of working your clutch into your outfit so that it stands out as “part of the story” without becoming the story. To try Rosie’s look yourself, pair a clutch like Haute Hippie’s Python Envelope Clutch ($998) or BCBG’s Croco Clutch in Dark Brown ($136) with pieces like Burberry’s Suede Trench ($1,995) and AG Denim’s Boxy Tee ($35).
Jessica Biel worked her oversized clutch in a similar way while out and about at Paris Fashion Week in October, pairing a mint green clutch with a lilac dress, a pale blue coat, and sea green booties. The main difference in this example, however, is in the way Jessica has chosen a clutch embellished with silver dome studs. This is a clever and easy way of breaking up the outfit, ensuring that the pale colors don’t blend together or make the outfit look washed out. To make Jessica’s look your own, try pairing a clutch like ASOS’s Portfolio Clutch ($36) or Cleobella’s Wenona Clutch in Nude ($260) with Zac Posen’s Asymmetric Ruffle Silk-Crepe Dress ($347) and Valentino’s Platform Sandals ($435).
Now that we’ve covered how to blend your oversized clutch with your ensemble, it is time to take a look at how to make it the focus of your outfit. In this example, we’re taking notes from Kirsten Dunst, who was spotted in London in September wearing a white button-down shirt, a beige skirt, and black pumps, with a patent black clutch in her hand. The key to his look is simple. By picking a patent clutch, Kirsten let her clutch stand out against her matte ensemble. To try Kirsten’s look yourself, pick up a clutch like Yves Saint Laurent’s Patent Clutch ($475) or Maison Martin Margiela’s Envelope Clutch ($395) and pair it with Twenty-Seven Names’ Maya Dress ($226).
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