Wednesday, July 8, 2015

How I Wear My: Clutch

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Summer is the season for alfresco dining and casual parties and rooftop get-togethers, so what could be easier than throwing on your favorite dress or pair of capris and carrying a lovely clutch to all those soirées you’ve been invited to? Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I agree that a clutch seemed the perfect wardrobe item to focus on for July’s “How I Wear My” roundup!

As a terrible bag addict I could not help being charmed by the great photos featuring clutches that came our way, and I love to see how everybody carries theirs during the summer months. I think you will enjoy seeing this post as much I did putting it together!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Counry, above, my wonderfully talented “How I Wear My” partner writes, “Here I am carrying the Adora clutch that comes with every Adora bag. The clutch is connected by a removable strap - like a leash - and is great as a secure place to keep valuables while carrying the tote or on its own and I am doing here. I am carrying the orange Adora, which is quickly selling out and will no longer be made, and wearing it with Tamera Beardsley Bliss Sea Glass bracelets set, a Stella Carakasi Attitude is Everything tunic in Neptune and white J. Crew jeans. I love the way the orange clutch adds a splash of color to this summer outfit and it’s just the right size to carry all the important things: a small wallet, my phone, car keys and some lip-gloss.”

I love these dreamy colors on Adrienne and I’m with her—that Adora clutch adds the perfect splash of color to these cool tones, and Tamera’s lovely bracelets bring a touch of seaside glamour to this entire ensemble!

A close-up of the clutch, as well as the gorgeous bracelets!

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “This outfit was worn recently around the 4th celebration. I love this clutch because it’s my mom’s and I remember as a kid going to the Gucci store with her when she bought it. My mom is extremely frugal and never buys anything extravagant and this was a big splurge for her.”

Oh I love stories like this! I love Alice’s memory of her mom buying the bag, as well as the fact that she looks so amazing in this outfit, carrying that vintage clutch!

Teresa. Photo by Denton Taylor.

Teresa, wife of photographer Denton Taylor, is wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress, Charlotte Olympia shoes, and a fabulous clutch from the 2012 Prada Flame collection (love!). Denton says, “It only struck me when I was looking at the photos, but that’s an all-woman designed outfit.”

How wonderful of Denton to point that out! I really love this chic summertime look on Teresa. That Prada clutch was such a great purchase, that is never going to go out of style.

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “I tend to carry a small clutch for more formal events. This little pearl covered number is vintage, as is the bauble bracelet that was my grandmother’s, so they add a special touch to this Made in the USA Nanette Lepore skirt and silk Weston Wear top. Just enough for phone, lip gloss and wallet.”

This is another of Ana’s lovely and feminine ensembles and that beyond-gorgeous vintage pearl clutch takes the outfit over the top. She is so lucky to own such a beautiful bag. Look at the detail, below.

Ana’s gorgeous vintage clutch. Wow!

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades says, “Clutches can easily complement a look without outshining the rest of the outfit.”

I like this wonderful pairing of a neutral-colored clutch, which adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to her print dress.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge says, “I use this calf-hair animal print clutch from Clare V. more than any other. It adds such a nice punch to a simple outfit.”

I own a very similar leopard clutch that I bought from Sheree of It’s Not That Deep and I’m with Deja, an animal print clutch always punches up an outfit! I love this all black look on her.

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society writes, “For this black/ivory/gray look I added my favorite magazine clutch that I bought in downtown Los Angeles last year. The Ivory vest and my silver necklace are both available on our web site.”

I really like this feminine-with-edge look Nora has put together. I especially love that long necklace, don’t you?


Happyface313 says, “As I prefer bags with a strap, I don’t even have a handful of clutches. But this one is special – it’s a 25-year-old Louis Vuitton Pochette Trapèze. I found on eBay for $99 10 years ago. I love it, because it’s so different, but hate it, because I really have to clutch it and it’s hard work if I fill it up to the brim.”

I do love a vintage clutch and this one is in amazing shape for being 25 years old! I love that Happyface carries it while wearing other accessories in bright and bold colors.

A detailed shot of Happyface’s vintage Louis Vuitton clutch.

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust.

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust says, “I love mixing prints, so for me pairing the leopard clutch with my gingham shirt was a no-brainer. I view leopard as a neutral so this clutch works well with so many things in my closet.”

I agree with Debbie, a leopard clutch is something every woman should have in her closet and I love that she has worn it here with a gingham shirt in bubblegum pink. I really like the colors in this entire shot, including Debbie’s vibrant red hair!

Yvonne of FunkyForty.

Yvonne of FunkyForty writes, “This year in May I went to Como for a weekend and picked up this little clutch. I love it because it is bright yellow and so funky - it is the perfect size for my mini iPad, some paper and my phone so I tend to use it when I am off on a work meeting somewhere. The fact that it is so bright means that I never worry about it matching anything - it always seems to make a statement of its own.”

I think this clutch is so whimsical, colorful and fun. Now I want one!

A close-up of Yvonne’s cool clutch.

Malia of Style by Malia.

Malia of Style by Malia says, “With so much going on this summer, I love dressing up and being casual at the same time. This yellow striped dress is from Ashley Stewart and I added a simple pair of white casual sneakers and my classic wicker clutch from Kate Spade.”

Malia looks like so vibrant and sunshiny in this ensemble and I agree with her sentiments about wanting to dress up and be casual at the same time during what can be a hectic season!

Darlene of Whosaprettygirl.

Darlene of Whosaprettygirl looks so wonderful in this colorful ensemble, all thrifted except for the shoes, and featuring a vintage Lou Taylor clutch that she picked up for $3.99. I love the colors in her outfit and that she paired them with a neutral clutch. Summertime chic!

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “I played off the studs on the clutch for a bit of a rock-and-roll funky vibe with cut off BF jean shorts, a graphic print tank, and cage sandals.”

This is one of those looks where the accessories are kicking simple outfit pieces up a notch. I like this edgy look on Dawn Lucy!

With my gold clutch.

As much as I am a fan of handbags I don’t own many clutches, just three—in red, leopard, and this textured gold straw clutch by the late L’Wren Scott, from her “Serengeti Sunset” collection from Spring/Summer 2011. I picked it up on eBay late last summer, just when I had a gold clutch on my mind. It’s a big one so it fits quite a bit inside and it’s lined in both shimmering gold and pale green leather, so whenever I open it I get to see a lovely little shot of color and shine. I wore this ensemble, with a linen shirt and necklace by J. Crew, to a 4th of July barbecue. The capris are by Old Navy and the metallic flats are by Audrey Brooke. The clutch is definitely a summer piece so I hope to get a lot of use out of it in both July and August!

A clutch by L’Wren Scott, from her “Serengeti Sunset” collection S/S 2011.

The sides feature shimmering gold, a detail I adore.

I love the luxurious green and gold inside of this clutch.

I thought it would be fun to get a shot of the clutch along with the necklace I am still loving—the Crystal Baguette necklace from J. Crew that I bought two years ago. I wear it so much it has paid for itself a few times over!

I never get tired of this J. Crew necklace!

I hope you and your clutch are making all the summer rounds and enjoying the joie de vivre of the season!

For August, those dog days of summer, grab your straw hat, you are going to need it to block that sun from your face and keep your cool! Nothing says summer like a straw hat, whether you wear it on the beach or while strolling the boardwalk, whether you are sipping rosé at an outdoor café or sitting in the stands at a Grand Slam tennis tournament. So find your fedora, fascinator, boater or glamorous wide-brimmed number and join us for “How I Wear My: Straw Hat.” Send a photo to us at by August 3, 2015 and be sure to tell us a little about your outfit!

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more amazing ladies carrying cool clutches.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!


une femme said...

Fabulous collection of clutches all around! Your gold straw clutch is a perfect summery accent and just right with the navy and white. Thanks for putting this together!

Jill said...

Hi Deja! I am so glad you could join us and I really liked your all-black look with the leopard clutch. That is just my kind of outfit! xx

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

A great collection, Jill! I am so sorry I missed this one! But, loved looking at all of the stylish ladies!

Darlene Fadem said...

Thanks for including me in this group of stylish ladies. Love how everyone 'wears their clutch'!

Jill said...

Hi Pam, I hope you will join us in August for straw hats! xx

Jill said...

Hi Darlene! I really liked those colors on you, you look gorgeous! I also loved your neutral clutch. I need one like that! I am so glad you joined us and I hope you will again in August! xx

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Love everyone's clutches. I love them but don't use them as much as I should. It gives a certain polish I feel. I think your clutch will be a firm collectible... X

Adrienne Shubin said...

Fantastic post! Now I want to go shop eBay for L'Wren bags!
Everyone looks gorgeous in their clutch looks.
I am looking forward to HIWM #49 next month...Straw Hats.
Thanks for another great How I Wear My post!
xoxox, A

Nora Minassian said...

Love all these beautiful looks on amazing women. I have a gold straw clutch very similar to yours and I love mine as well and use it all the time. Thanks so much for putting this together every month.

GSL said...

Very nice collection of clutches ladies...Jill I can see you're behind on your 'Den' reading.

Suzanne Carillo said...

Everyone is looking wonderful and there are so many really unique clutches on display. I must say the stand out for me was Teresa and that Flame clutch/dress/shoes. Spectacular!


Alice Warren said...

All wonderful looks! I love all the fun clutches everyone shared. I love the texture of your clutch and a gold one is so versatile.


Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

Denton said...

Thank you Suzanne! Also love that vintage pearl clutch and also that L'Wren Scott! I will have to keep an eye out for some of those.

Jill said...

Thank you to everyone who left a nice compliment about the post, I do appreciate it! Re L'Wren bags, I think I got lucky on this particular clutch, I have not seen another one like it on eBay. I do see her frame handbag fairly frequently, and vendors are not selling it cheap! If anyone gets a L'Wren Scott bag let me know which one! xx

Anonymous said...

Love your timeless clutch, Jill! The j.crew necklace is great too. Love all the different looks in this month's challenge. I am in love with Teresa's Prada clutch and her VW dress is gorgeous.

Apologies for missing the clutch challenge (it's been a crazy summer), but I hope to submit my Panama hat look for the next HIWM challenge. xx

Jill said...

Helen, please forgive me for not emailing you asking for a picture for this month's roundup! I hear ya about it being a crazy summer, it's turning out that way for me too. I hope you have a straw hat because we would love it if you joined us in August! xx

Shybiker said...

What a fabulous collection of bloggers, half of whom I follow. Great post.

Anonymous said...

No worries Jill, but you did ask me and I failed in following through. So totally my screw-up, apologies to you!

Yes, I have a Panama hat that I love dearly. I will have to take a pic for the challenge! Have a great week, Jill!