Wristlet Purses Are Sleek, Chic Way to Stay Organized

Wristlet purses seem to be everywhere.

Writers recommend these trendy handbags as the perfect gifts.

One trade publication suggested the Vera Bradley wristlet, with its multiple compartments for everything a woman might need, as a performance incentive for work well done.

USA Today touted Travelon wristlets as a great way to keep necessities at your fingertips.

Coach wristlets are credited with a brand turn-around.

It's easy to understand why these trendy handbags appeal to everyone from bargain shoppers to fashionistas who insist on designer labels.

Coach Wristlets Saved an Empire

Advertising Age called Reed Krakoff a "style genius" for innovating wristlet purses. He was creative director for Coach luxury accessories.

When well-designed, a wristlet seems to have the right-sized pocket for every important item you'll during the day or evening.

Coach wristlets were designed to tuck inside larger matching bags.

These small wallet-like trendy handbags are designed to use alone for evening wear or a quick trip to the supermarket.

I often use the trick of tucking mine into a larger work tote, then easily can remove it when all I need are cash, credit card, ID, phone, and a few other things.

Imitation Expands Variety of Handy Designs

An industry analyst observed that Coach had created "a new usage category that resonates phenomenally well with consumers."

The aftermath was double-digit growth for Coach and the inauguration of a sought-after accessory that is imitated everywhere.

Designers are coming up with more and more ingenious ways to keep you organized in slim and sleek ways.

Compartments are ideal for cell phones, lipstick, credit cards, travel documents, bills and change.

Clutch Handbag Is Ancestor of Wristlet Purses

Trendy handbags are some women's passion.

One self-confessed bag lady, Anna Johnson, became a collector of purses when she researched a book about them.

"Bag mania forces a woman to wear a lot of black. It is the only way to create a proper canvas for your favourite fashion pet," Johnson writes.

In Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the Tassen Museum documents the evolution of purses from simple pouches with a collection of 3,500 bags. Some of the earliest examples are simple pouches used in the 1600s.

Among the most recent trendy handbags at the Tassen museum are contemporary clutches.

These tidy and totally feminine bags were favored by such celebrities as Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

While sleek and small, they rarely had the organizing power of today's creations, such as the famous Coach wristlets.

Why I Love My Wristlets

It's well worth the time to fine the perfect wristlet for your needs.

When I found one for less than $15 that sleekly holds everything from my Kindle to Kleenex in one tidy little package, I purchased three in different colors.

Some of us who wear women's comfort shoes are limited in color and style for this accessory. So a small colorful handbag is an inexpensive way to add color and spice to an outfit.

Whether you want a sequined something special for a night on the town or animal print trendy handbags of compact size for everyday chic, there are wristlet purses available in every color and an assortment of sizes.

And of course, they make perfect gifts. If you landed on this page because you were looking for an interesting idea, here are three more: a unique necklace that expresses personality, a sensually soft shawl, or a laptop skin that makes passers-by ask, "Where'd you buy your computer?"


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Johnson, A. (2002, June 19). The Happiest Bag Lady in Town. London Daily Telegraph, p. 17.

Thompson, S. (2005, Nov. 7). Coach Wristlets. Advertising Age, 76(45).

Yucel, S. (2007, Sept. 7). Handbags in history; Museum traces accessory's evolution. Montreal Gazette, p. 2.

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