Clutch Me Close.

As I sit here writing this post for you gorgeous lot I realise I have run away with myself.


You see this post was meant to be more of a discussion piece; instead it seems to have turned into a shopping list for the millions of bags that I’m currently coveting.


But I’ve taken the liberty of assuming that you won’t really mind feasting your eyes on the profusion of pretty that I’ve laid out for you below. Plus looking at a host of scrummy pictures might help to get your debating juices going – it’s a thought anyway.

And so to business.


Jewel-encrusted clutches, big-day purses, oversized pocketbooks and glittery miniature totes. You name it, I probably want it. Whilst shoes, for many of you, are your downfall, bags are my kryptonite.

They make me go weak at the knees and I break out into a little pony-stamping dance if I see a piece of leathery goodness and I can’t have it. I am such a drama queen.

But….somewhat surprisingly, I went bag-less on my actual wedding day. I just couldn’t be doing with holding the bouquet and then a bag on top. Instead I left my essential valuables in my room and gave my lipgloss to my bridesmaids to hold.

This wasn’t my best move…but that’s another story.

So I want to hear what you think.

Have you purchased a wedding day clutch or will you relying on an old favourite? Perhaps, like me you’re choosing to opt out of the big day bag scenario because the thought of it is too much to bear.

Either way I’d love to hear your arguments – both for and against.

And whilst we’re discussing the finer points, here’s some delectable clutches to have a look at.

Metallic Maidens

I know. I know. I’m a broken record.

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the fact that I love all things golden so I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to mix my bag lust with my favourite colour palette.

In my defense there’s something about glittery, sparkly hues that scream PARTY!

Be it an oversized clutch, a sequin encrusted pouch or a miniature boxed case complete with jewels there’s pretty much something for everyone here.

Which brings me onto my second question…

For those of who will be appropriating a bag on your big day…how big do you go? How big is too big? How small can you go before it all seems a bit pointless because you can’t actually fit anything in apart from your lippy?

FYI my favourite golden clutch here is the Bottega Veneta although I’d probably have to remortgage my house to buy it.

Berry Burst

Admittedly you’d have to be a brave bride to opt for a huge bag in bright orange like this girlie at the top here. That said, I love a bride that makes a bold fashion statement on her big day.

I confess that this concoction of images is inspired by my current obsession with viburnum berries which take on an amazing metallically, petrol blue colour – hence the feathered teal clutch at the bottom. And then I just generally felt berry inspired (sorry I couldn’t resist!).

In all seriousness though there are so many evening bags in this colour spectrum that are available to purchase right now. I’m not sure whether it’s this time of year but it seems that all of my regular haunts are stocking clutches in reds, corals, oranges, yellows and pinks.

The world is your oyster my friends.

Don’t you just love the book inspired bag with the ‘once upon a time…’ inscription on the front. Perfect for the start of your new chapter together.

Feathers And Frills

….and studs and appliqué and mother of pearl and fur and tassels and pearls.

You name it, this board has it!

But when does so much become too much?

I’m in awe of the spiky number at the top here but I wouldn’t quite know how to hold it. For example, popping it under your arm is a definite no-no unless you want to spear yourself in the process.

I do love the frilly number in the middle too – perfect for a bride with a ruffled frock, it just oozes romance and could very easily be reused after the big day for other nights out.

Perhaps my favourite however is the circular tasseled bag and the feathered clutch which would suit girls wearing a 1920’s inspired frock on their big day. You can just imagine a fringed bride shimmying her way around the dancefloor to The Charleston whilst grasping one of these numbers.

Internal Workings

This last moodboard is not so much concerned with the bag itself but rather your perfect recipe for its contents.

What would you pack?

Having learnt from experience I strongly recommend that any bride keep a pack of tissues as close to her person as possible. If you’re anything like me then you’ll blubber your way down the aisle all the way to the speeches and then some more if you’re lucky.

Take it from me it’s best to keep some tissues on hand.

If you want to stay ahead in the style stakes then investing in some pretty paper for this purpose is the way to go. I wished that I’d come across these equestrian inspired tissues for my own big day; aren’t they gorgeous?

Any girl worth her salt knows that a perfectly applied lip is the keystone to a glamorous look. It makes sense then to not only include your favourite lippy and blusher but also a cutesy pocket mirror too – I’m in love with this mirror from Depeapa.

Hairgrips are handy too if you’re planning to go all out on the dancefloor. Make them glittery and fun or kitschy cute to ensure you look your very best.

And lastly, a girl can never have enough pocket mints – you want to make sure that you’re minty fresh for your new spouse don’t you?!

So will you be clutching a glitzy number on your wedding day or is this another bit of paraphernalia that you can really do without?

Who will be looking after your prized possessions instead?

Your chief bridesmaid or your mum?

I should also note at this stage that I am in no way responsible for any damage that may be inflicted upon your bank balance after viewing these clutches, purses and miniature totes.

Alternatively it might be worth leaving the laptop open at this page for ‘passers by’ in order to give them some inspiration for your Christmas presents.

Failing that there’s always Santa…but then that depends if you’ve been a good girl this year.

Have you?

All my love Lolly xxx

Author: Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.

22 thoughts on “Clutch Me Close.

  1. I’m with you Lolly, bags are my little weakness…I nearly cried the other week, I went to H&M and queued for the launch of the Margiela range, but was still too late for the metallic silver Candy clutch – I’ve since been stalking eBay for a reasonably-priced one! My all-time favourite is a black satin envelope clutch with bright yellow Batman symbols all over it by Luella Bartley – it always gets lots of comments on a night out.

    I’ve already bought a Wday bag, from Topshop of all places – it’s a little hard clutch in black leather with silver studs. But now I’m having second thoughts! Maybe I could have several bags, like those celebs who change frock 7 times during the course of an awards show? I really really like that spiky one, and most of the colour-poppy ones too!x

  2. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly!!! What are you doing to me?
    I am now in love with that gorgeous blue Marchesa clutch!!!! I daren’t look online (although I may have to trawl the lovely land of e-bay!!!) 😉

    I do love a new bag, in fact I managed to convince Dave at the weekend that I needed a new over the shoulder satchel & got a gorgeous little red Fiorelli number for my birthday!!! 😀 heehee

    As for the day, I will be having a little bag. Well it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t! 😉
    I did get a cute little cream clutch with brown feathers from the local charity shop for a bargainous £5! (I’m not doing it justice here, it really is very pretty) But after all this pretty I want a new bag!!!!!!!!!!! ha ha


  3. I was actually hoping to avoid a bag Lolly – how come not having a bag wasn’t your best move?

    I figured it’s not appropriate for a bride to carry cash, I won’t want my phone near me on the day and any tissues, lippy, mints etc can go in my sister’s bag!

  4. @Kitty well my lovely bridesmaids neglected to tell me that my make-up artist had given them a lip-gloss for me to look after. So I spent much of the day with nude lips. Arghhh.

    I didn’t need any money and my nearest and dearest were with me hence no need for a phone. I managed to rob tissues from my best friend too.

    Actually it was quite freeing to not have a bag on the day if a little bit odd…

    @Rebecca Oh I love me a little bit of satchel action! And yes the Marchesa is to die for! I reckon seeing as you’ve been a really good girl this year you deserve a new bag!

    @Lou oh yes!! Have at least 5 bags and have a wardrobe change for different parts of the day – that would be epic. I’m loving the sound of your batman bag – I have a Luella horsehair bag in camel and it’s one of my faves too!

  5. Ah, well I’ve already asked my sister if she’s OK to have my touching up make-up in her bag so hopefully it will be OK.

    I love going out and not having a bag with me, it is a bit odd but I love not worrying about leaving it under a table or it slipping off my shoulder! x

  6. Mmm bags!

    My dress has POCKETS!!!!!

    I plan to carry hankies and mints, maybe some savoury snacks like mini cheddars for when I get peckish (not really)

    Anything else can be carted around by my sister. Luckily my MUA is one of my best friends so she’ll no doubt bring an entire case of ‘top up’ goodies. xx

  7. Hmmmmm bags. When I was 22 my house mate bought me 3 bags for my birthday. This happened because I had said at work that I didn’t get the bag thing and only had one (yes one – I know how did I manage?!?). This so horrified my workmates that it went around most of the glasgow hospital grapevine back to my housemate who worked in an entirely different hospital and got asked “is it true your house mate only has 1 handbag?”. She was so ashamed she bought me 3!!! Ever since I have been bag mad (it doen’t matter how fat you feel the bag still looks good). So a few years ago for my 30th birthday I treated myself to the holy grail of bags as far as I’m concerned, a Mulberry Bayswater. I woke up in the middle of the night for about a week afterwards in a cold sweat thinking I must be mad to have spent so much on a bag. Thing is I went back into the shop a few weeks ago and its now worth £200 more than I paid for it!! Result – you would’t get that kind of increase in your money in any investment fund in the last two years. And I still love the bag. Sadly its a little too large to walk down the aisle with but I may get my Mum to hang onto for me for afterwards!!!

  8. I bought a small pearl box clutch from accessorize but then H2B bought me an Anya Hindmarch Valorie Glitter Clutch! I love it and it looked fab in the photos! Came in useful on the day too as carried tissues and lippy – oh and i kept my place card after the meal in it – I was scared i might lose it!! xx

  9. @JoL – that’s the kind of economics I like!!

    Also, @Rebecca @Lolly @Kitty – when I say ‘all’ I just mean you, not the actual entire world. Those outside of the circle of trust havent had a peep! xx

  10. @JoL @Karen I like those economics too. It’s an investment, right?!

    @JoL I have a Bayswater but I ‘loved’ it so much that I kind of ruined it. I’m hoping that my sister will tire of her one (in black) and I can nab it off her.

    @Karen oh love – we need to have a ‘bag’ day where I introduce you to loads of bags that none of us can afford resulting in us just sitting there and weeping into our hot chocolates.

  11. Ah, I LOVE the beaded heart one – it’s totally gorgeous – and it reminds me of a small beaded purse I had as a very small girl – oh boy did I love that little pink beaded purse – this one took me right back there!
    Love the frilly one too, it’s just so feminine isn’t it?

  12. Gorgeous eye candy, thank you! Personally I never feel my outfit is complete without a fabulous bag so why should a bridal outfit not be the same. Loving a vintage clutch and would have to fill with cola bottles and lipstick!

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