3 Reasons Why a Clutch Should Be Your New Go-to Work Bag
We’ve all been there: Searching through the black hole that is the tote bag for that thing you need now. Whether you’re fumbling for your coffee rewards card in front of an impatient barista and an ever-growing line or scrambling to find your phone (because you thought you definitely put it in your bag… phew, there it is!), it’s in these mildly panic-filled moments that you may realize there is such a thing as too much space in your bag. That’s where your clutch comes in. The smaller, hand-held pouch, typically the accessory that ties together your night-out look, is way more versatile than we give it credit for.
Take it from handbag and fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, who’s teaching a brand-new online class for Brit + Co on how to design your own statement clutch from scratch. Here, she’s spilling why it should be your new go-to bag both on and off the clock. Read on for the three ways you can hack your clutch for nine-to-five and five-to-nine.
1. Pack It With Your All Day Grab-and-Go Essentials: Don’t think of your tote bag and your clutch as being at odds with each other — they *can* work together. “I find more and more women want to carry a huge, bulky bag. You can keep your essentials in a clutch, though, and put that inside a bigger tote bag,” Rebecca tells us. Pack your clutch with the items you use most on your morning commute, then toss it in your tote on top of your packed lunch and laptop. That way, you can access all of your commute essentials with ease. The days of your wallet, train pass, earbuds and lipgloss getting lost in the hustle are officially over.
2. Swap It Out With Meeting Must-Haves at Work: When you get to your desk, swap out the items in your clutch for stylish work accessories you know you’ll need as you hop around the office. “It easily holds a small notebook — a must-have for the woman on the go — or whatever you need for that next meeting,” Rebecca said. Balancing your phone, notepad, pens, water bottle and glasses on your laptop was never cute, not to mention the I-forgot-this-at-my-desk moments that can delay your team’s brainstorm. Carrying your clutch around the office is the chic and easy solution.
3. Transition from Desk to Dinner like That: With your clutch in tow since 9am, your after-hours look is more than underway. Just make sure to wear equally easy-to-transition pieces to keep the costume change effortless. For Rebecca, that means adding amped-up accessories to your work wardrobe rotation. “A great pair of heels carries you from day to night with ease. For holidays, I love the Rosalie Heel ($250) — a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit! I love the suede Amis Coat ($898) for fall — a new take on the timeless trench. And a pair of earrings completes any outfit. These Two Part Pearl Earrings ($38) that cuff the ear are my favorite at the moment.” Cleverly take the tote out of the picture on nights you know you have plans by trading your leather carryall for a lightweight, packable version that you can easily tuck in your clutch.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)