Clutches: Best Styles and Selection From All Your Favorite Fashion Stores2,523 products
About ClutchesSophisticated, stylish and versatile, clutches offer the appropriate amount of storage, charm and finesse without weighing you down. Ideal for an elegant dinner or evening out, the clutch purse keeps all of your essentials close and doesn’t get in the way of your good time. Clutches are perfect for every accessory goddess, and they are far from extra. They’re just right!
Sophisticated, stylish and versatile, clutches offer the appropriate amount of storage, charm and finesse without weighing you down. Ideal for an elegant dinner or evening out, the clutch purse keeps all of your essentials close and doesn’t get in the way of your good time. Clutches are perfect for every accessory goddess, and they are far from extra. They’re just right!
History of Clutches
Known as a symbol of wealth and status among ladies, clutch bags as we know them appeared on the fashion scene in the 18th century. They were, however, called reticules and stored female essentials of the day, such as a handkerchief, smelling salts and, perhaps, a coin purse. They were splendid, intricate creations of silk, beads and jewels that were often designed to coordinate with a lady’s ensemble.
In the 19th century, handbags became more voluminous, and the clutch as we know it fell out of fashion for a while. It made a resurgence in the 1920s with the creation of the classic clutch bag, a strapless, bejeweled bag that could easily be held in one hand.
In the decades since, clutches have become a mainstay in the handbag world. Every girl has one or two, and if she doesn’t, she wants one.
Popular Styles of Clutches
There are several styles of clutches to choose from, including the pouch, box, envelope and minaudiere. Let’s take a closer look at each:
Sleek, elegant and efficient, the pouch clutch is comprised of one pocket that’s ideal for storing small items, such as a lipstick or compact. The slender, streamlined design of the pouch means you can slip your clutch into a larger bag or glove compartment whenever necessary. However, the intricate design of the clutch makes it an eye-catching accessory whenever you choose to carry it alone.
The box clutch has a sturdy, rigid design that allows you to fearlessly store fragile items, like jewelry or a couple of hot sauce packets (no judgment here). Covered with fabric or encrusted with jewels, the box clutch is a classic fashion heirloom that will never go out of style.
Envelope clutches are aptly named after their design. Rectangular in shape with a triangular flap, these clutches resemble envelopes in structure and shape only. Crafted from a multitude of fabrics, these bags may be delicately woven or blinged out with Swarovski crystals or glitter.
Dainty and petite, minaudiere clutches are small enough to fit in one hand. Slightly larger than a compact, these pretty accessories are ideal for formal cocktail parties and weddings. While they’re only large enough to hold an item or two, minaudiere’s are powerhouse accessories that pop!
Available Clutch Closures
Clutch closures add more than the peace of mind that your items will be protected; they also add a stylistic element that can dramatically change the look and appeal of the bag. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular clutch closures.
Perhaps the most simplistic of clutch closures, flap closures, are commonly found on envelope and pouch clutches. These closures may or may not be equipped with extra security components, such as a snap or magnet.
If you’re a girl that needs a little extra security for your personal effects, choose a clutch with a zipper closure. A nifty metal zipper adds a little sparkle, and it will also keep your contents from spilling out if you drop your clutch.
Reminiscent of antique reticules from the Victorian era, clutches with drawstring closures are timeless. In this type of clutch, a decorative cord is woven through eyelets cut in the fabric at the opening of the clutch. When you wish to close the clutch, simply slide the cord clasp closer to the bag.
Dazzling Clutch Details
The fun is all in the details when it comes to clutches. From decorative zippers and chains to embellishments, such as crystals, studs and glitter, clutches clearly have what it takes to dazzle. Looking for something that’s handsome and sophisticated? Choose an embossed or quilted clutch.
Delightfully unique with a filmy floral applique or chunky and masculine with studs galore, embellished clutches can be anything you dream up. Beads, glitter, textiles, crystals, prints and more all come together perfectly to give you the bag that will monopolize the conversation.
Flaunt your favorite brands by carrying a logo clutch. Emboldened designs and instant brand recognition will get you the attention you deserve wherever you go.
Adorned with a delicate, oh-so practical shoulder strap, chain clutches offer the ultimate in style and versatility. Simply stow the delicate chain away when you want to keep your clutch in hand.
Eddie Borgo chain strap round clutch - Red
Love the timeless look of quilted patterns? Then you’ll love quilted clutches. Expertly designed to be riveting pieces of art, these clutches will take your next formal event to a whole new level.
Live life dangerously, or at least on the edge, with one of our studded clutches. Whether you prefer dainty metal details or thick, rugged studs, you will love what you find in our collection.
Rich, enduring texture is the hallmark of embossed clutches. Designed with vibrant, eye-catching materials, our embossed clutches offer a wide variety of textural detail, including reptilian and geometric imprints.
Dazzle others with your youthful energy and flawless sense of style whenever you carry one of our glitter clutches. If you want just a hint of glitter or a full-on bombshell of glitter to go with your bag, we’ve got you covered!
Clutches are constructed with a wide variety of materials, including soft fur, silky satin and sensual velvet and suede. Other fun materials include denim and straw. Whatever material you choose for your next clutch, you can’t go wrong. Let’s take a closer look at our two most popular types of materials: leather and canvas.
Constructed with durable materials, our leather clutches and pouches are designed to amaze. You can choose from an assortment of details, refinements and embellishments when you shop our designer leather bags.
Breathable, lightweight and fabulous, our canvas clutches are every girl’s go-to accessory. Whether you’re looking for a clutch to slip into a larger bag or wanting one that will be the centerpiece of your evening look, you can never go wrong with a canvas clutch.
Stylish Clutch Colors
Who needs a clutch in every color? You do, of course! Choose from our wide selection of colors, which includes the following:
Associated with sophistication and elegance, black is the ideal color for a formal event. What’s more, it’s a versatile color that goes with anything! Need proof? Take a look at our black clutches.
Yellow clutches give off a happy, optimistic vibe, which makes them perfect for spring. Gold is the color of power and wealth. Happy, wealthy? Sounds like a win-win to us. Maybe you need a clutch in each hue.
Earthy, cozy, warm our brown clutches come in a wide variety of prints and styles. From wild animal prints to warm honeyed leather and everything in between, we’ve got the perfect neutral clutch for your ensemble.
Adventurous, passionate and energetic, red is the color of power. If you want to show off your feisty, powerful side, there’s no better way to do it than with one of our red clutches.
Light Grey (silver)
Silver is glamorous, graceful and sophisticated. If you want to feel any of those things, you need a silver clutch. What’s more, a classic silver clutch will go with practically anything!
Perrin Paris La Newyorkaise embellished clutch bag - SILVER
Amazing Clutches on Sale
Dazzle them at your next formal event with a breathtaking clutch smothered in brilliant Swarovski crystals. Don’t have one? Don’t worry! Our clutches and other accessories are always on sale! Check out our sales page.
Must-Have Clutch Brands
What do Prada, Valentino, Jimmy Choo and Nina have in common? They all offer devastatingly gorgeous clutches that are dying to get into your rotation. From elegant and classy envelope clutches to over-the-top, jewel encrusted box clutches, you will find everything you’re looking for when you shop these brands.
Classy and swanky, Jimmy Choo’s clutch collection has a little bit of something for everyone. From gorgeous glitter box clutches to metallic clutches with chain details, Jimmy Choo’s collection is all about shimmer and shine.
Bottega Veneta’s clutch collection is identified by rich, deep color and eye-catching quilted patterns. Available in a variety of colors, materials and finishes, the brand’s woven clutches will leave you breathless.
Love crystals, sequins and embellishments galore? Then you’ll love Nina’s gorgeous clutches. Exquisitely designed and smothered with sparkly details, this collection is ideal for uber formal events, such as weddings.
You will sparkle whenever you carry a bag from ALEXANDER MCQUEEN’s clutch collection. Resplendent with flashy embellishments and bejeweled ring clasps, this collection is absolutely divine.
Alexander McQueen double zip clutch - PINK
Vibrantly crafted with bold colors and prints, Prada’s clutch collection is for every girl to loves to stand out. From neon green to deep emerald green, Prada’s clutches will always be a step above.
Valentino’s clutch collection includes loads of classic designs, such as the leather studded envelope clutch and quilted pouch. Classy and formal, these clutches are as ideal for the office as they are for a cocktail party.
Sleek and sophisticated, Rebecca Minkoff’s clutches offer clean lines and neutral colors, which means they will go with everything. From casual outfits to glamorous ones, you will never go wrong with a Rebecca Minkoff clutch as an accessory.
Ways to Wear Clutches
Although they are perfect for formal events, clutches can be paired with just about anything, including casual wear. The key is to pick the right clutch that will complete your look. Following are just a few outfit ideas for your clutches:
- Dressy Jumpsuit with Sparkly Clutch – For an unforgettable evening look, pair a swank black jumpsuit with a silver clutch embellished with crystals.
- Animal Print paired with Yellow – Animal prints go great with yellow. To put together this look, start out with a flirty yellow dress and accessorize with an animal print clutch and matching shoe.
- The Casual, Whimsical Look – Make things interesting on your casual days with a whimsical clutch, such as a clutch designed to look like a book or a crystal hamburger clutch.
As you can see, there are many ways you can wear your clutch. Remember, you’re only limited by your imagination. Push your fashion boundaries by making unexpected choices.
Clutches – Always On-Trend
Although colors, materials and embellishments change with fashion trends, one thing has always been a constant: clutches. Since the 1920s these tiny bags have remained on the forefront of fashion trends. This year will be no exception.
In 2019, be on the lookout for bright, bold colors, such as marigold yellow. Animal prints will also be hot as will tie die and patchwork prints.
Clutches in Celebrity and Pop Culture
The famous residents of Hollywood really know how to make clutches look good. What’s more, they never look awkward carrying them. It just comes to natural to them! If you’re not sure how to carry your clutch, look to these stars for inspiration:
- Kate Middleton has mastered the elegant clutch hold. Simply clasp your clutch with both hands and hold it demurely in front of you.
- Hayden Panettiere recently hit the red carpet gently cupping a minaudiere in one hand. And it looked sensational!
- When it comes to oversized clutches, celebrities like to tuck them up in one arm, like a book. You can thank Kate Moss for this tip.
Clutches – The Forecast
Just as they have been a staple in women’s closets for the past several decades, clutches are going to remain at the forefront of fashion trends. If your bag collection doesn’t contain one or more of these dainty beauties, it should!
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