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Minaudières: Good Things Always Come in Small Packages

by Fashionlady

Have you ever heard of minaudières? Do not mind even many serious fashionista are unaware about this terminology. So these fashion accessories are quite a rage these days.

What is a minaudière?

It is a woman’s fashion accessory, usually referred as a jewelry piece, a substitute for an evening bag. This traditional ornament case usually comes with compartments, enabling storage for several small items, including compact, lipstick, watch, reading glasses and keys. These days the modern accessories offer space for your iPhones as well!

What’s the story behind this pouch?

Minaudière (pronounced min-oh-dee-air) was designed in 1930 with an intention of helping ladies to keep their make-up and all other necessary yet small things in one place in an organized way. From pretty hard-shell case to these days’ fancy numbers, these women’s fashion accessories have evolved hugely and is used as a dose of glamor quotient.

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Variations which are in trend

Since this 19th-century fashion accessory has made a come back with such a craze, fashion designers have geared themselves to set trends in various innovative ways.

Long back we had posted a piece on 10 Most Expensive Handbags, where we had mentioned about Judith Leiber’s gem-encrusted number which is often sported on red carpet events. This number is the perfect example of modern-day version of this classic clutch, which is technically not a clutch though.

Bottega Veneta’s classic woven leather number is another example to mark its luxury significance.

Elaborate detailing, heavy embellishment and bright colors are making a huge comeback through minaudière. You could also have noticed this art deco masterpiece in the Great Gatsby movie. The solid geometrical-shapes pouches are also quite a rage these days.


Their purpose

These miniature purses fall under the category of occasional-wear bags and are mostly used as decorative hand-piece for selective events. However, the basic purpose is to limit one’s items to a basic few. It’s certainly a smart way to keep in check women’s tendency to stuff in excessive things in their handbags.

This art accessory immediately adds a spark to the wearer’s outfit, whilst being functional offering sufficient space to store immediate items such as make-up, keys and mobile phone.

The cause of their comeback

These mini purses were always a sophisticated way to carry essentials in style. Furthermore, this piece of luxury enabled the fashionista to travel light, replacing over sized handbags and clutches. Just imagine if you carry a tote bag with your evening gown. Huh! It’s going to be nothing but a complete fashion disaster.

Price doesn’t matter

Since minaudières are considered among luxury items, so these are quite expected to be bit pricey. The price range from reputed designer labels starts at 2,000 and ranges till 4,000.

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