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.

Or terrifying.

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:

  1. It’s a classic and will live forever and ever
  2. This is IT, folks. THIS. IS. IT.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.

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.

The Clare V Pot De Miel Woven Bag

I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.

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.

I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.

And allow me to demonstrate the roominess of the bag using a thick sweater, just for funsies…..

sweater (xs) | trench *sustainable* (xs) | jeans *sustainable* (27) | sneakers *sustainable* | bag


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….

I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.
I call this woven goodness the 'honeypot bag,' but its real name is the Clare V Pot de Miel. It's sturdy, has texture & can fit a lot. Outfit ideas + why its worth it, inside.

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.

xo,

S

12 COMMENTS

  1. Love the bag…but the throw back pictures of the outfits you’ve worn it with makes me want to revisit all of those posts and buy the clothes as well. 🙂

  2. I loved this bag because of you so many times, it haunted me — and I almost never carry a bag! The price always kept me away and then one day (months ago), I found the black version on super sale and snapped it up. Words cannot express how I adore it!

    I agree with the poster above — the outfits are great as well. What’s the black shirt (and bra) with a strappy bra peeking out, please?

  3. Just ordered! I’ve never spent that much on a purse, and looked around in vain for a dupe (came pretty close finding some cute ones from “Baskets of Africa”) but you’ve convinced me the cost per wear is worth it. Do you find the condition of the straw holds up as time goes on? Excited to pick out a cross body strap or two to switch it up!

    • I get that. I held out for a while, too, hoping there would be a dupe…nope. But to answer your question, YES. It’s not *really* straw – or maybe it is, but it’s a really tight weave, something that’s very tightly woven. So it holds up like a champ. Mine is looking a little lopsided at the moment, but that might be because I frequently stuff it full of heavy things….or, more likely, because I brought it to Italy with me last summer. I didn’t *quite* stuff it properly in the suitcase, lesson learned. But I stuffed again when home and was able to bring back the shape. So. Yeah. It’s durable, even for idiots like me.

  4. I love this bag and loved it just as much when I ordered it during a sale last year… but I had to return it because it doesn’t fit my continental-style wallet 🙁 Just a forewarning for giant-wallet folks.

    • You bet. I have this one from Supergoop: https://shopstyle.it/l/bjt3W

      It’s my favorite way to touch-up my face SPF when I’m wearing a face full of makeup. I also like that there’s a sort of mattifying effect too, to take away the shine.

      Reviewers don’t seem to like the brush it comes with, and I agree that the design isn’t ideal…but it’s one of those products that actually is working when you think it isn’t. (And I’ve tested it numerous times – whenever I think nothing came out, I still end up protected.). I think the danger is if you shake the heck out of it, trying to get more powder.

      That said, I might try this one next. It might be less messy: https://shopstyle.it/l/bjt5V

      These both also work well for puffing onto a part, if you sunburn on your head at all. I used to use the translucent color to puff onto Raines’ bald head when he was a baby (he’d often refuse to keep a hat on).

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