Our Top Oversize Clutches for Under $150
There’s something about the summer sizzle that makes us want to get a little more casual. The strict coats, stiff boots and sweater dressing of winter and early spring seem just too serious, so we’re stashing those items as soon as we can and swapping out our go-to work bag for a big, roomy clutch. Think it’s a chore to have your hands occupied (especially after seasons of cross-body bag domination)? A few of our favorites have convertible straps that stow inside when you want to look extra chic and you can pull out when you need to have your hands free. And these bags won’t break the bank either, because while they’re not something that will go out of style, a big clutch isn’t something you would call an investment piece, so feel free to have a little bit of fun with unexpected texture, a fun color or an extra slouchy silhouette.
We were inspired to find our favorite clutches when we saw the new Banana Republic California Collection. The campaign stars real-life couples, including True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten and his wife Jessica, interior designer Nate Berkus and his fianc© Jeremiah Brent and more, all lounging around in luxe Banana Republic wares. Our favorite shot (above) features the Hilary Clutch ($150), which has the perfect slouchy shape — iPads fit without a problem — and is available in four different colors ranging from neutrals such as black and brown to bright pink and a goes-with-everything off white. Hold it in hand for a laid-back look that still says sophisticated, or wear it on your shoulder with the included convertible strap if you’re off sightseeing.
Available at Banana Republic.
For girls used to a little more structure, the Lauren Ralph Lauren Gipson Straw Clutch ($128) is still soft without going completely shapeless if you don’t have it stuffed full. The Gipson clutch is full on prep, with all the trappings of a Nantucket weekend. You’ve got a straw exterior, bright leather trim with equestrian-inspired details (it’s also available with a rich cognac leather trim) and is the perfect partner to eyelet lace sundresses, seersucker skirts and big straw sun hats. If you’re headed to the races or a garden party, this clutch is the perfect companion.
Available at Bloomingdale’s.
If your style leans towards bold, bright and boho, then there’s nothing better than the Deux Lux Karma Large Clutch ($115).
Call it the Clare Vivier effect, because lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of simple zipped pouches. At New York Fashion Week, they’re an easy way to catch the attention of the street style photographers and in Paris and London, they make jetting from the train to venue easy and stress-free. The Polder Reptilia Clutch ($148) takes the simple pouch shape and shakes it up with an eye-catching reptile pattern (embossed on calf leather, of course). In hand or under your arm, a pouch keeps your necessities at hand and gives any outfit a cool, louche look that a ladylike satchel just can’t. This one has even got a cool, contrast pattern lining to make sure all of your things, no matter how small, are easy to find. And as a bonus, these pouches are great for iPads if you want to keep them protected inside a bigger bag.
Available at Anthropologie.
If you’re all about organization, then the Melie Bianco Ellinor ($48) will keep you satisfied and completely on trend. The bold black and white look is totally now, and when you open this baby up, you’ll find zippered compartments, phone slots and more. Keep all your necessities in the white exterior pocket and everything else inside, so you won’t have to search for specifics. Keep it on the long strap or wear it in hand, because either way you’ll let everyone catch a glimpse of the neutral colored interior section. It’s the perfect clutch if you’re a fan of clean lines and minimalism with a twist.
Available at Piperlime.
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