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Small wristlets make big fashion statement

| Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 7:53 p.m.
KOHL'S
Apt. 9 beau knotted wristlet ($36), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
KOHL'S
ELLE pleated wristlet ($39), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
BRIGHTON
Brighton Collectibles card/id case ($56). Go to www.brighton.com to find an authorized Brighton Collectibles dealer near you.
VERA BRADLEY
Vera Bradley 'Heather' wristlet ($34), available at www.verabradley.com.
JCPENNEY
Nicole by Nicole Miller 'Randy' wristlet ($18), available at jcpenney stores and www.jcpenney.com
NORDSTROM
Vince Camuto 'Vivi' zip-around wristlet ($78), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.nordstrom.com
KOHL'S
ELLE 'Carnivale' ruched wristlet ($39), available at www.kohls.com
KOHL'S
Rosetti 'Sally' studded wristlet ($39), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
BRIGHTON
My Flat in London by Brighton tassel small pouch ($115). Go to www.brighton.com to find an authorized My Flat in London by Brighton Collectibles dealer near you.
GUESS
Marysa large zip-around ($50), available at www.guess.com
GUESS
Camryn zip-around ($50), available at www.guess.com.
SHOPBOP.COM
Tory Burch fold over leather wristlet ($155), available at www.shopbop.com
SHOPBOP.COM
Marc by Marc Jacobs classic Q wingman wristlet ($148), available at www.shopbop.com.
VERA BRADLEY
Vera Bradley 'Lola' wristlet ($34), available at www.verabradley.com.
VERA BRADLEY
Vera Bradley 'Cocoa Mossr' wristlet ($34), available at www.verabradley.com.
KOHL'S
Rosetti 'Sally' studded wristlet ($39), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
KOHL'S
Rosetti 'Sally' crinkled wristlet ($39), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
KOHL'S
Apt. 9 beau knotted wristlet ($36), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
JCPENNEY
LuLu by LuLu Guiness wristlet ($28), available at jcpenney stores and www.jcpenney.com
KOHL'S
Chaps flap wristlet ($39), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com.
CLAVA
Clava 'Wellie' fold-over clutch with wristlet ($70 with monogram, $55 without), available at www.clava.com

Sliding a wristlet around your arm gives you the ability to talk on the phone, text, email, browse through clothing racks or hold your Starbucks coffee without having to worry about where your purse is.

Leaving your hands free is what makes this micro purse more than just a fashion accessory.

“Wristlets are popular because they fit the convenience part of our lives,” says Amber Herring, accessories editor for Self magazine. “The clutch has had its moment, and now the wristlet is a takeoff on the clutch.”

Wristlets are available in everything from solid colors to bold hues to wild patterns and animal prints. You can find them in genuine and vegan leathers, quilted fabrics and cotton materials.

“The high-end wristlets are usually miniature versions of the designer's larger bags,” Herring says.

With big bags being banned at National Football League games for security precautions — unless they are clear — a wristlet is the perfect game accessory, says Herring, who took one to a preseason game.

“(Wristlets) are great because they are attached to your arm, you know where your handbag is,” says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom fashion director. “They are also small enough that they don't hinder your movement. Some people say they are often considered to be a grown-up wallet, and with so many different colors and patterns, they are a fun way to accent any outfit.”

Wristlets can hold a phone, keys, makeup, money, identification and credit cards. They are really the next step down from the cross-body bag, Andrews says.

Women will stash a wristlet inside their everyday larger handbag or tote, and pull it out after work and take it for drinks or out to dinner so they don't have to carry a big bag with them, Andrews says.

Wristlets provide a way to incorporate designer accessories for an affordable price.

“That's a great place to start with a luxury brand,” Andrews say. “It is a small investment that can add some punch to your look.”

Wristlets are convenient for social events, says Suzanne Mauro, a stylist accredited by the Association of Image Consultants International and producer of “Style Everyday with Suz” on PCTV.

She says a personal favorite is the flap clutch wristlet. The design of the bag is so simple, but, yet, it has a very chic and modern look and can basically go with any outfit.

“Now more than ever, wristlets are becoming more of a trendy piece than in past seasons,” Mauro says. “They have proven themselves to be not only a handy handbag, but also a fashion statement, as well.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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