Forget the toy boy a la Zain Malik or Ashton Kutcher to be flaunted on red carpets of fashion capitals; the hottest celeb arm candy this summer is the oversized statement clutch. A huge trend back in Autumn 2011 and not content with being left behind in the shade, oversized clutches have carried over to Spring 2012.

With stellar fashionistas like Shingai Shoniwa, Tolula Adeyemi, Alexa Chung and Rihanna hugging on to these babies for dear life and paring them up with casual day wear looks as well as glam evening wear, we can’t argue that having a statement clutch, no matter what the outfit, is enough to, erm, make a statement.

 

 

 

 

 

If your budget won’t stretch to the hot numbers featured on Spring/Summer ’12 runways of major fashion houses from Ferragamo to Prada, worry not, as the oversized clutch has long made it on to a high street near you, and just a look around major brands will guarantee you clutches with bags of style. African designers such as O’Eclat, Rebirth, N’Damus and Jidz also have some sumptuous pieces.

Rebirth

N'Damus

Whether paired with a floor sweeping red carpet number or pared down with summery shorts and a crop top, an oversized clutch is guaranteed to spruce up any outfit. Try them in season’s trendy neon or pastel colours to up the ante. Just make sure you have enough clutch control, whether you want to hold on to yours with only your fingertips or hug them close to your hip.

Tips:

– Do not overfill to avoid the bulky look, you want to make a statement not make like you’re carrying your ktchen sink around.

– If you can’t find your perfect match amongst a plethora of options available, why not opt for a chic laptop/iPad case which will also do the trick.

– Go for a brighter clutch to add a splash of colour to an otherwise muted outfit.

– Go for one of the season’s hottest styles: the oversized envelope clutch.

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