It seems like barely a weekend goes by at the moment without a wedding or graduation, garden party or barbecue. And, much as we love summer's busy social schedule, putting together a different outfit for each occasion can become a chore.
When it comes to style, we abide by the rules of the capsule wardrobe – a limited collection of versatile, enduring staples that can take you from season to season. So there's little chance you'll see us shelling out on a new outfit for every summer celebration.
A generously-sized clutch bag is the perfect solution. It's the easy way to give a simple dress a glamourous, colourful lift, plus, it will hold everything you needthroughout the day, from your camera to your sunglasses, without weighing you down.
As a year-round wardrobe essential, an elegant clutch bag will prove useful time and again, so you can allow yourself this new addition!
The workday wonder...
Daily life moves far too quickly to be weighed down with an enormous handbag, hauling everything but the kitchen sink. Pack your workday essentials in your clutch bag and fluidly carry your look from day to night – a little pop of colour finishes any outfit!
And for those of us who can't bear to be separated from our iPads or laptops, the ANTA clutch bag is the perfect size.
For the high-flyers...
Today's jet-set lifestyle sees many of us boarding a plane almost as often as we jump on a bus. As you trot the globe for work or pleasure, your clutch will soon become your trusty travelling sidekick. It obligingly turns document case as needed, keeping passports and boarding passes zipped up and tucked snugly inside your carry-on.
If you're lucky enough to be packing for a summer break, free up some space in your case by foregoing the chunky handbag. A simple clutch will give you an effortlessly elegant look as you explore the streets of your chosen holiday spot...