April 5, 2013 - Style

Payday Pretty | In the Clutch

I have one rule for handbags…the bigger, the better.

My bag is so big, I’ve nicknamed her Large Marge.

Marge isn’t sexy.  She’s utilitarian, a workhorse of a girl filled to the brim with everything under the sun.  She holds it all – from nail files to nail polish, cotton balls to moisturizer.  Heck, I could give makeovers out of her.

I’ve tried going with those petite, cute little purses but they only lasted a day or two before I saddled myself up with Marge again.

 Yet there are times when Marge just isn’t the best companion.  Like the other night when I was getting ready for date night with hubby. A bright clutch would’ve been perfect but I don’t even own one.

So instead I dragged Marge along.  Ugh.

   I think it’s time for some clutch shopping.  Sorry Marge, but mama needs a brand new bag and you are NOT invited along on the next date night.

These are some of the affordable and trendy spring clutches that I’ve got my eye on.


[Neon Studded Envelope Clutch – Target]


[Color Block Clutch – DSW]


[Cheetah Envelope Clutch – A-Thread]


[Kate Landry Stripe Box Clutch – Dillard’s]


[Tribal Print Clutch – Jimmy Jazz]

It’s Your Turn:  Are you a Large Marge or petite purse girl?  Tell me in the comments!

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  1. Ha ha! I love the name of your purse. I used to be a “Large Marge” girl, but it got so out of control with receipts, etc. that I downgraded to a cross body bag. But, I sure am loving the neon and colorblock clutches! Heather

  2. Love the name 😉 For work I usually use one of my bigger handbags but even they aren’t big enough and I need another tote bag for my sandwich, fruit, maybe a pair of gloves, a bunch of letters I need to mail, etc. etc.
    Clutches are accessories when I go out and I love them in various colours while my daily bags are more neutral colours or black.

    Lady of Style

  3. I definitely have mixed feelings about large clutches. One one hand, they look really cute, but I just don’t see them being very practical I mean, you don’t really want to fill it with enough things to make it bulky, so they seem sort of unnecessary.

  4. Girl! I am just a bag girl period. I have a massive collection of everything from tiny clutches to giant totes. 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  5. I’ve always been more of a “Large Marge” kinda girl. However, my daughter bought me a cute clutch last year for my birthday and I loved it! I scored a navy one and a green one for $5.00 each on clearance at JCP a couple of months ago and I love them too! Great for date night and church. I do still carry my large purse on a daily basis. I think I need to name her. How about “Big Bertha”? lol Bertha and Marge need to get together and go shopping. 😉

  6. I’ve never been a bag lady. I carry one because I have to. A bigger one for work is necessary since I spend eight hours a day at the office. But for other times, I use a wristlet. I have a few and would love to get a couple more. Wristlets come in a variety of sizes and are a very safe option.

  7. I’m a big purse girl too. I don’t own even 1 clutch….but I have a couple that I’m featuring next week (or maybe it’s the week after?) and I’m thinking about getting 1. Clutches are WAY more chic than my huge bags. I really like that last tribal one you featured.

  8. Alison, I really love the name of your bag hahaha, you are too funny. I usually grab for a bigger bag for work as there needs to fit my lunch, breakfast and some documents. I usually use clutches for going out with friends or the man. In the future I need to get a leopard printed clutch.

  9. I love the neon Target clutch!!! I actually had it in my hand the other day but I was trying to be responsible so I put it back. I still really want it though! And I have a large Marge too – convenient for work, yes, but not so practical for going out. 🙂

  10. Haha- I love it, “large marge”! I think everyone has a large marge in their closet. I actually ran into the same problem this past march, so I went on my merry little way to target and got this bag- http://pinterest.com/pin/7248049372612281/
    I think it’s the same one that Niki in the above comment is talking about. I love it! My Marge has been put in the back of the closet… maybe never to be seen again…
    I like the clutch choices you picked above as well!

  11. Ahhhh I love clutches. The first 3 are my faves. Love the color-block one. And Large Marge hhhhaaaahhaha.

    When you have a chance check my latest post on Vivian. I am sure it will put a smile on your face. =) Also, by tomorrow morning I will have My Week’s Best Looks, Alison. =)

    P.S. I voted for you again.

    Have a Great Sunday Evening!!

  12. Love me a fun clutch! Just submitted your name to Babble so hopefully something comes out of it! Hope all is well and you’re keeping busy. Jill

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