Linzi just mentioned that the striped version of my beloved Clare V Honeypot bag is currently 25% off at Clare V…which is v. exciting.
It dawns on me that my cute little straw bag is on its…third(!!) summer. At this point, it has become such a closet staple that I’m actually considering buying another simply in case Something Bad Happens. Granted, my bag — the one without the stripes — is not yet on sale, but the fact that Clare V has now restocked this bag at least three times could mean one of two things:
- It’s a classic and will live forever and ever
- This is IT, folks. THIS. IS. IT.
Truly, I don’t know which way the wind is blowing. I do notice, however, that both Nordstrom and Shopbop are NOT carrying the bag this summer (despite the fact that it’s sold out of both places twice before), but I can’t tell if that’s due to pandemic cut-backs or if means SOMETHING OMINOUS for my favorite bag.
I keep calling this bag the ‘honeypot bag,’ but it’s real name is Clare V’s Pot de Miel. The only place to currently find this bag is at Clare V itself. The crossbody strap is detachable, and the bag fits a surprisingly large amount of stuff.
On most days (in the summer), this bag will be loaded down with my phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses, sunscreen (face powder sunscreen and either a stick sunscreen or spray), bug spray and reading glasses. I can also throw in a lightweight sweater or windbreaker.
And in the winter…well. I don’t use this bag in the winter.
But this particular bag — because of its sturdiness, texture, and pops of darker colors — this bag can transition well into fall, and I usually start wearing it early in the spring.
Basically it’s sturdy enough to stand up to cashmere and denim.
And allow me to demonstrate the roominess of the bag using a thick sweater, just for funsies…..
Outfit Ideas With The Clare V Woven Pot De Miel Bag
Here are a few (of the many) ways I’ve been wearing this bag….
So…yeah. I’ve worn this bag with jeans, shorts and dresses. I’ve worn it with sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts and strappy little tanks. I’ve worn it on the weekends, during the week, and all dressed up. I throw it into my bike basket, I’ve packed it in a suitcase.
Truthfully, this bag is tricky to pack into a suitcase. However, if you stuff it completely full with socks and sweaters to keep its shape — then yes, it can be packed.
In short, I can’t recommend this bag enough. The cost-per-wear, at this point, is very, very low, and it’s saved me from having to buy a new summer bag for several years now.
And if you are debating between the two colors (especially since the striped one is on sale)….I do think the extra bit of black on the stripes might make it work even longer into Fall/Winter than the natural one. But you won’t go wrong with either.