I haven't bought a good clutch in an unusual amount of time for me. But that is because, quite simply, I haven't seen anything that I absolutely fell in love with. (Ok, ok...I haven't seen anything that I absolutely feel in love with that also wasn't about $4,000...) For me, a good bag is just as important to an outfit as a good pair of shoes. They are the finishing touches, and unless you are wearing something really memorable, they are often what people notice and comment on. And a bag -- specifically a clutch -- is where your hands are, so it will inevitably always draw attention (in other words, please also make sure your nails look nice!).
So when I started thinking about what accessory to feature this week (it is Friday, after all...), this little piece of deliciousness from Ash basically jumped off the computer screen at me. Where to start with why I love it so...well, I could mention the perfect size (slightly oversized but not awkward to hold in one hand), the lovely shape (sort of a softer version of the common "envelope clutch"), the ornate, opulent-yet-rockery-cool studs and beading in an amazingly modern pattern, the fact that those studs and beads and stitching are in GOLD (my always-prerequisite metallic), the high-quality black leather (it matches everything! you HAVE to have it!), or the shocking price for all of that of only $265.
Now, for the styling. I have said this approximately 6 million times in the past, and I will say it again...unless you are also somewhat of a fashion expert and know exactly what can compliment a "busy" bag like this (rather than compete with it), let it be the star of your outfit. Wear it with a great pair of jeans or black pants, a non-printed top, complimentary jewelry (other gold pieces that aren't too dainty or two overbearing), and your favorite black boots. Then try topping that outfit off with a cozy fur jacket or an also-cool leather jacket.
This bag is really such a stud. Let it make you feel like one too (in the most feminine way possible, of course...).