Spotted: 1 Clutch, 5 Ways

Five local fashionistas show us how they style GiGi New York’s oversize leather clutches.

We have an unspoken style rule when it comes to must-have fashion: Spotting it once is a chance. Twice is a coincidence. Three times, and we start accelerating the style to the top of our want list. So when we spotted five of Washington’s fashion bloggers sporting the same sleek, snake-embossed clutch from GiGi, we took a mental shopping note.

These leather bags are perfectly sized to fit all your daily essentials, come in a dozen shades from muted to bright, and can be personalized with a monogram. Take a look at how each of these District darlings paired her envelope clutch, then snag your own bag at Georgetown’s Sassanova or online.

Business Casual

Vintage dress, La Petite Marmoset; shoes, Maiden Lane. Photograph courtesy of Liz Fassbender

Liz Fassbender of So Much to Smile About doubled up on the mint trend with a seafoam version of the clutch and matching nails. Balance the girly color palette by pairing with slightly more masculine pieces, as Liz did with her crisp shirtdress.


Dress, Elizabeth McKay; scarf, A.Barclay; bracelets, Julie Vos, J.Crew, Pink Pineapple; shades, Karen Walker; shoes, Michael Kors. Photograph by Sophie Newbold.

Pair bold prints with accessories in the same color family. Take cue from Lauren Wynns of Necessary and Proper, who pairs her navy-and-white elephant-print wrap dress with a deep blue clutch and a blue and green scarf.

Bold & Bright

Shirt, J.Crew; skirt, Finders Keepers; bracelets, Marc by Marc Jacobs; watch, Michael by Michael Kors; shoes, Rachel Roy. Photograph by Michael Kress Photography.

We love a girl who’s not afraid of bright colors! Kendal Stopak of Metropolitan Thread dazzles in a purple blouse, a seriously cool asymmetrical skirt, and a mint clutch. Keep this look sleek and balanced with solid hues and clean cuts.


Dress, ASOS; jacket, Blank NYC; bracelets; GiGi New York, Lilly Pulitzer, T+J Designs; pumps, Christian Louboutin. Photograph courtesy of Abbey Brandon.

Who says you can’t pair navy with black? Abbey Brandon of District Dress Up does it perfectly in a black-and-white dress, black pumps, and a navy clutch. Toughen up the sweet drop-waist dress with a leather jacket and spiky bracelets.


Top, Loft; dress, H&M; sunglasses, Ray Ban; watch, Michael Kors; shoes, Jacques Levine. Photograph courtesy of Meaghan Moynahan.

Take the nautical look in a totally modern direction by mixing prints. Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle started with a tried-and-true classic like a striped top or a loafer, and then paired it with an unexpected print and accessories in a coordinating color palette.