There are two sentences I hear almost everyday as a Milliner. The first is, "I don't think hats suit me". I answer that question separately in another Blog post!. The second sentence is "I don't know if I have a bag to match. What bag would I use to go with this outfit? Where can I get a bag?"
No outfit for a day at the races is complete without a stylish handbag. I've seen many outfits ruined by an old handbag, or even a Tescos shopping bag - honestly, I've seen it!. Once you’ve found the dress and hat, now finish your look with a clutch bag or mini handbag for your Royal Ascot, Epsom Derby or other Racing Fashion outfits. It needn’t cost a fortune if you don't want. Keep it small, elegant and fun and it will complement your outfit. Pour on the glamour with a sparkle-embellished clutch if your dress is quite simple. Or choose a simple clutch if the dress has a lot going on. Want to try the metallic trend? Then a day at the races is a perfect day for incorporating this trend.
Ever, and always willing to help my customers out with the hunt for the perfect bag to compliment the www.dress-2-impress.com hat range, I've compiled my selection of the best clutches out there for you to go with your race day outfits. A clutch with optional chain is usually best. For the pictures early in the day tuck the chain in and use elegantly as a clutch, then later for mingling and carrying your drinks, slip the chain out and wear as a shoulder bag.
Below is a gallery of some of the best clutch bags I've hunted out for you (I constantly update, add, remove bags each season). I've divided the bags into a few different categories (budgets), from those totally spoiling themselves, to the more budget conscious, so you can select from the category that suits your requirements. I constantly update, add, remove bags each season so you should find you can still grab them.
This post includes affiliate links - suggestions of items I've selected you. If you see anything you like, click the links and decide to buy the suggestion, then the retailer will give me a little commission (maybe even enough to buy a latte) to thank me.
Below is a gallery of some Luxury Bags I've hunted out for you to splash out and show off with on your big day out at the Races.
View: Rosantica Edera Bag (International). Rosantica founder Michela Panero never stops experimenting when it comes to her jewelry-inspired bags. Decorated with fabric flowers in pretty pink hues, each dotted with a single faux pearl in the middle. The best part? The top handle can be removed and worn as a bracelet.
Below is a gallery of some designer, but not break the bank bags I've hunted out for you. Still Designer brands, between £100.00 ($130) and £430.00 ($560), that you will love and use again for friends weddings, or another day at the races in years to come.
Below is a gallery of some pretty bags, perfect for the budget of someone that just wants a smart bag for the races, but doesn't want to spend a months salary on it (or even a weeks salary!). A selection of bags under £100.00.
Below is a gallery of some still super pretty bags, that are more than suitable for a friends wedding or day at the races, and cost less than a round of drinks. There are still glamorous jeweled box clutches, or pretty lace bags within this price range (but the crystals won't be Diamonds or Swarovski!). Still perfect for once or twice use occasions like weddings. If your dress is busy, you should choose one of the single colour bags.