Envelope Purses

Written by Tara Peris
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Open any fashion magazine these days and you're likely to note the resurgence of the envelope purse. This sleek clutch has been around for decades, but it has been given new life in recent years by fun new fabrics and contemporary twists. It's a central addition to any wardrobe and one worth updating with some of the season's hottest new looks.

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The most conventional envelope purses come in calfskin leather, providing a critical wardrobe staple that can transition from day into night seamlessly. It's a design that looks elegant in every setting, and just about every woman has (or needs!) one of these bags. In black or brown, they will go the distance through the years, more than earning their keep in your closet.

Newer designs, however, have added some spice to this trusty favorite. Notably, envelope purses have been reinvigorated with fun new fabrics, including funky colors and distinctive accent pieces. No longer a subtle accessory tucked under the arm, these bags are meant to make a bold entrance.

In addition to color and design, they have also been enhanced by texture. Alligator clutches are must-have items, and the distinctive grains and leather markings make these bags particularly beautiful. Feel a bit out of your price range? Not many can afford an authentic alligator bag; however, many great alternatives exist. Look for designs in tweed, suede, and canvas to provide a hip twist on the original.

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