Sunday, May 26, 2013

3 Reasons Why Clutches Dominate

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Hello! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Memorial Day Weekend has always been one of my favorite weekends because it signifies the beginning of the summer (and commemorates those who have fought and died for the United States). The weekend is filled with pool openings and other summer festivities such as BBQ's. It also puts me in the summer "mindset." No longer am I thinking about essays, tests and projects but about sunny days and waking up late. And luckily, I only have one more week of high school left. Forever. It is kind of crazy to think about but I am just so ready to be done with high school! Yes, a lot of friendships have been formed and memories have been made but I am ready to begin the next stage of my life.

Hermes (herm├Ęs): A French brand responsible for the production of luxurious silk scarves among other things. Today, I channeled my inner Parisian and donned this knockoff Hermes scarf. Tied loosely around my neck, this nautical scarf is the perfect example of a summer scarf. Who said scarves cannot be worn in the summer?

To emphasize the golden-yellow color present in my scarf, I slipped into a yellow pair of high-rise shorts. High-rise shorts always elongate my figure and therefore, are worn essentially on repeat during the summer. I played around with the proportions in this look and paired a gray long-sleeve crop top with my high-rise shorts. Pairing cropped tops and high-rise bottoms will never get old in my book! Like my yellow shorts, my white heart sunglasses brought out the colors (white this time) in my light-weight scarf. Basic gray oxfords and a gray clutch completed my look.

Now a little more about clutches in general and this specific clutch....

There are three main reasons for my appreciation of the clutch.

1. Clutches make shopping a whole lot easier as I find them very convenient to carry around as I shop. I just tuck it under my arm and I am good to go. Very hassle free. No worries about it hitting something in the store or weighing down my shoulder.

2. They are the perfect size for holding everything that I need. Not too big, not too small; as Goldilocks would say, "just right!"

3. Clutches command elegance and sophistication.

This lovely clutch (featured above) has been in my possession for about a year and a half now (first worn on the blog HERE). The second that I saw it lying upon the shelves of my favorite thrift store, I knew it had to be mine. It is vintage Etienne Aigner and cost less than $10. It's odd to ponder how some of the items in my wardrobe are much older than I am. This clutch is likely from the 1950's which means that it has been around for more than 40 more years than I have.  Interestingly enough, I find that notion rather appealing.

This clutch has proved to be a timeless piece that I foresee will remain with me for the rest of my life. It absolutely breathes grace and poise.

Yellow shorts: Vintage
Gray crop top: Forever 21
Nautical scarf: Vintage
White heart sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Gray clutch: Vintage Etienne Aigner
Gray oxfords: Forever 21

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  1. You look fab with that great looking shorts! I love clutches too but more for night or for socializing. For out and about I prefer the usual tote as I prefer my hands free :) Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

  2. Love this shorts!

  3. Love the clutch! Definitely great reasons for why it's such a great style :)

    Trendy Teal

  4. Totally agree! You look adorable in that outfit, too!

    XO, Mish @

  5. I absolutely adore this outfit. Vintage pieces are my weak spot. I admire individual outfits and lengthy, elaborate post texts. Completely with you on the subject of clutches :) Thank you for commenting on my post on Chictopia, that's how I found you and I'm so glad I did :)

  6. I totally agree with you on the scarves. Scarves made of lightweight materials especially silk make for great accessories. And while I agree with you on your three points why clutches dominate, I tend to be those type of shoppers that puts down belognings whilst checking stuff out in front of a in those cases I bring a crossbody!

    Wardrobe on Wheels

  7. I love clutches, so chic

  8. Love this outfit! Those shorts are so cute!
    I agree! Clutches are such fun.(: I don't think they're the most practical things, but I love them all the same.

    Decked Out in Ruffles

  9. haha I've never really thought about it that way, but it is interesting that some of our items are older than our actual age! anyway love the sunglasses. big fan of clutches too! :)

    Metallic Paws

  10. This clutch is lovely, but I find straps much easier than holding a bag, I'm bound to leave it somewhere!

    Corinne x