Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Planning Your Derby Handbag

By Alissa Hicks 

If you haven't already planned out all of the details for your Derby outfit this year, here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing and packing your clutch! 

As you may know, there is a size limit on your Derby handbag as of the past few years. With that being said, the official rule is as follows: "Purses [are allowed], but none larger than 12” in any dimension (subject to search)." So to avoid any trouble, keep it small! Not to mention, you don't want to heave to deal with lugging a large tote around anyways. However, your clutch or handbag is an accessory, so plan accordingly to what else you are wearing. 

With a handbag, you don't always have to be matchy matchy. For Oaks, if you're wearing something mainly pink, use your clutch as a way to add in a pop of fun. Same goes for the flip side; If your outfit is more neutral with a statement hat or jewelry, your bag should fall somewhere in between. Clutches are always fun to add in that pop of fun and creativity if you are playing it more classic or safe with the rest of your outfit. 

Remember that you will be carrying this thing around all day too. You want to choose something stylish, of course, but just like a pair of shoes- after a few hours, you might be annoyed. With that in mind, think of how easy you'll be able to carry it all day. Ask yourself: Is it kind of heavy? Is it difficult to hold with one hand or under the arm? Is there a strap in case your hands are full of mint juleps and lily's? Is is cloth or a light color that might get easily stained by a spilled drink? Will it hold your limited items- phone, lipstick, etc.? Just be sure to pay attention to the details. Also, make sure you can fit your big winnings in it! 

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