Sole Story

All Sweetness and Light

Trendsetters have long been slipping envelope, fold-over and oversized clutches under their arms in lieu of a cross-body or shoulder handbag.

77-body_image_2Despite the rise in both proportion and popularity of the daytime clutch, miniaudières still feel exclusive to the evening time. Their petite size and embellishments have relegated them to after-hours events only.

Once you free these compact clutches of their usual evening regalia of sequins and metallic finishes, however, they can easily be worn all day long. The key is to simplify-- simplify your clutch, outfit and jewelry.

Beginning with your clutch, take a cue from Jenny Plog of PlogStyle and carry one in a daytime-friendly hue like her Vince Camuto Horn Clutch in ash grey. The pared down details and subdued color immediately lightens up the look for day. As for clothing, a body-conscious ensemble will signal a more evening-appropriate look. Instead, go for silhouettes that have a little movement to them like wide-leg trousers or a breezy maxi dress. Here, Jenny’s prim top and airy skirt (with a window-pane print for an extra kick) nicely contrasts the structured Horn Clutch.

Finally, the jewelry on your fingers should be minimal both in quantity and weight. Leave your cocktail rings in your jewelry box. Instead slip on delicate rings and bracelets that will not look heavy when your fingers wrap around your clutch. Lightening up the clutch’s ornamentation and paring down your overall ensemble will help your miniaudière easily come out in the daylight.