Lauren’s Luxurious Looks For Less: The Minaudière or Box Clutch

I have to admit, I really desire to own an Alexander McQueen minaudière. In case you are wondering what that is, the Webster definition of a minaudière is a small decorative case for carrying small articles (such as cosmetics or jewelry). Yes, it’s a little affected, but they are also known as box clutches and tend to have a shell-like exterior and you are going to be seeing a lot more of these ornamental cases this season. Anyway, I was completely enamored of the black & white Alexander McQueen Punk Shell embellished minaudière pictured above. However, considering I would be lucky if it held more than a lipstick, 1 smartphone, 1 key, 1 piece of identification and 1 credit card, the asking price of $3,275 seems a little astronomical to say the least. Mind you, if someone handed it to me I wouldn’t turn it down, but I know that’s not going to happen. So I took it upon myself to find a few minaudières I also wouldn’t mind owning this season. Ones which cost significantly less. There are less expensive Alexander McQueen versions and House of Harlow has some really stunning box clutches for under $200. If you are an adept vintage fashion hunter, I’m sure you can find some fabulous finds. If you are like me and just don’t have the time to hit every vintage store in town, here are some minaudières I found online shopping:

1. Anya Hindmarch Marano Glitter-Finish Box Clutch, $595

2. Diane von Fursenberg Tonda Watersnake Box Clutch, $395

3. House of Harlow 1960 Marley Frame Clutch, $195

4. ASOS Perspex Clutch, $63.63

5. Rafe New York ‘Maryanne’ Wood Minaudiere, $495

6. Givenchy Python Obsedia Minaudiere, $1,945

7. Natasha Couture Crystal Caged Floral Clutch, $298

8. All Saints Quartz Clutch, $130

9. Bottega Veneta Studded Intrecciato Leather Knot Clutch, $1,780

10. La Regale Mesh Box Clutch, $98

- Lauren Dimet Waters

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