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Aspire/Acquire: Convertible Clutches

In our starry-eyed world, Gwen Stefani is the fashion goddess, and unto us, she hath bestowed the convertible clutch. We're not sure if she's the one who invented this versatile bag, but we admire a woman who really gets what women want. In the past, we've skirted the clutches in the purse department because, even though they're sophisticated, we kind of find them a pain to carry in hand. Convertible clutches avoid this issue by cleverly unfolding into a whole new purse, enabling you to carry them as a tote by handle or by shoulder strap. Not only that, but you can throw even more things inside once you unfold them. LOVE.

We'll discuss the bags pictured above from left to right.

The convertible clutch that first caught our eye was the L.A.M.B. Signature Carlisle ($425) from a couple of seasons back. This piece came in various exciting patterns and colors and folded in half as a clutch for a more concise version of its tote-bag-self. As the Carlisle is no longer for sale, we have more current options in store.

The Sak Silverlake Convertible Clutch/Crossbody
($140) is essentially our dream bag. This little ditty can fold in half as a clutch, unfold with a short strap as a tote bag, or unfold with a longer strap as a crossbody shoulder bag. The exterior is made of leather, and thoughtfully, the interior is an exclusive print made just for The Sak by French graffiti artist, Gilles Jordan.

At a small fraction of the price, the Ashley M Cadillac Leather Convertible Clutch ($60) resembles the L.A.M.B. convertible model (Yes! We're talking about purses like they're cars!). The woven synthetic leather and Cadillac crest is nautical in appearance and unfolds into a tote bag with a built in handle or shoulder bag with an attached strap. This convertible clutch comes in navy and brown to coincide with your outfit however you please.

Windsor's Grey Studded Handbag ($46) is just as versatile as the aforementioned three convertibles. The bag folds into a clutch, unfolds into a tote with a built in handle, or into a shoulder bag with an attached strap. Only after viewing this bag from all angles will you appreciate its features, such as an outer zipped pocket placed on the back and a cell phone pocket inside. The studs kind of make us feel like a tough girl, too, à la Gwen!

We think we know which convertible clutch we're going to go for. Now to just fill them with goodies...

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