Most of the time we carry a lot of unnecessary stuff in our handbags, making them heavy, messy, and big. It's time to downsize! If you're looking for a bag that is light, fashionable, and that doesn't alter the line of your body and your fabulous outfit, you should get a clutch bag. Bring only your essentials and rock that outfit like a Hollywood star.
Choosing the perfect bag for you can be overwhelming since there is a huge number of designers, materials, and styles. Fortunately, we're here to make the job easier by handing you the research we did. We found Coach's Tabby Chain Clutch to be a wonderful option. The quality of its materials is great, and it has a neutral look that will enhance a casual outfit or look stunning with a more elegant one. Keep reading on for the rest of our top 10, and check out our buying guide so you know how to choose the right one for you!
Aside from shopping by designer, selecting the right clutch bag is a matter of finding the best one for each occasion. Here’s a list of tips to choose your perfect bag.
It goes without saying that if you’re carrying a clutch bag, you need to bring only the essentials. However, the meaning of "essentials" changes from situation to situation. For example, some people may only need to carry their phone and some mints; or you might need to keep other stuff handy such as makeup or tampons.
Fortunately, clutch bags come in many available sizes. Choose a size that can hold all that you need to bring with you without losing its shape. If you stuff a small bag, it will look bulky and will ruin all the flair. So if your list of essentials goes beyond lipstick and an ID, you should maybe choose a bigger shoulder bag.
There’s a chance you may need to have more than two items in your purse and you’ll need some of them more often than the others. If this is your case, go for a bag with interior pockets or pouches, so you can have keep some items more secure while your phone or some cash is at the reach of your hand.
Leather is a very popular material for handbags for many reasons. It lasts for years and the bag even looks better as it ages as opposed to many other materials. They can also be very neutral-looking and they make a good match with a casual or elegant outfit.
Cattle leather is the most popular and resistant. However, if you get something more exotic like python skin, you may need to be extra careful with it because that's more delicate. If you select leather, make sure that you have a care kit with items such as leather cleaner and cream polish.
If you love the looks and versatility of leather bags but you’re concerned about animal rights, you can always choose faux leather. They have the same looks like a leather bag, but unfortunately, they are not as durable. Over time signs of wear and tear will start to show.
Luckily, most of the time they are less pricey than their genuine counterparts so it's easier to justify buying a new bag when one starts looking old.
Fabric bags are often more elegant and outfit-specific. Velvet is great to give a deep and soft look to your bag, whereas silk gives it texture and movement. You can get satin or suede for a similar effect.
Fabric is usually more lightweight than leather, too, and has a more forgiving shape if you need to overstuff it just a tad.
Clutch bags are not only for special events. They can also be worn casually if you can commit to not carrying a lot of stuff.
If you want a casual everyday bag, go for neutral colors such as brown, beige, black, navy blue, and dark green. This way they will look nice with pretty much every outfit that you have. Envelope-style clutch bags work great to enhance casual outfits.
Some of these bags are perfect to be carried inside a bigger bag. For example, you can bring a bigger bag to work, but only carry the casual clutch bag to go to meetings or to lunch.
If you are planning to wear a bag with a specific outfit, then you can go for the color and style that flatters your outfit the most.
You can try any color, and even choose designs with stones, sequins, crystals, and other accents. However, these glamorous finishes may mean you need to be extra careful with the bag, since stones or sequins may come off or damage the fabric of your clothing if you wear it as a shoulder bag.
Shiny locks or buckles are also a great option if you want some extra bling without the need for crystals or sequins on the whole bag.
Though the original idea of a clutch bag didn’t include any staps, nowadays most of them have a removable strap.
Straps are mostly made of either leather, metal, or a combination. Both materials are very durable. Straps are usually slender so you can carry it inside the bag while not using it. If you’re not sure whether a strap may fit you well, choose a bag with an adjustable one!
When selecting a clutch bag, take into consideration its shape, size, and materials. It is also important to keep in mind whether you want to pair it with one specific outfit or with multiple ones. Here's the list of our top 10 clutch bag picks arranged by versatility, materials, and more!
Judith Leiber Couture
Tabby Chain Clutch
Soft Ruffled Clutch Bag
Adria Pleated Vegan Leather Clutch
CLUTCH in Velvet, Black and Gold-Tone Metal
Emmie Triple Degrade Glitter Clutch Bag
XS Flower Buckle Envelope Clutch Bag
Azura Asymmetric Shell Minaudiere Clutch Bag
Gotham Python Clutch Bag
Disc Midnight Strikes Clockface Crystal Clutch Bag
A Bag That Suits All Occasions
A Versatile Neutral With Just a Bit of Shine
A Clutch Bag That Holds a Bit More
The Animal-Friendly Clutch Option
A Stunning Soft Luxury Bag That Will Draw Attention
A Designer Clutch to Make You Shine
A Dainty Clutch With Shine from Crystal Flowers
A Unique Bag With a Lot of Taste
An Exotic Fashionable Bag
An Extravagant Bag for a Unique Outfit
|Material||Leather, suede||Leather||Leather||Faux leather (polyurethane)||Fabric||Fabric with leather trim||Silk, viscose||Rafe kabibe shell and metal||Python and caiman leather||Metal and crystals|
|Shape||Envelope||Envelope||Soft bag||Rectangular||Soft bag||Envelope||Envelope||Asymetric||Envelope||Round|
|Dimensions||5.25 x 7.75 in.||10.6 x 5.9 x 2.8 in.||8.7 x 13 x 5.1 in.||Not specified||6.2 × 10.7 × 5.5 in.||4.7 x 8.7 x 1.2 in.||5.1 x 9.5 x 1.4 in.||5 x 9 x 1.6 in.||5 x 9 x 1 in.||7.5 x 7.1 x 1.5 in.|
|Dimensions||5.25 x 7.75 in.|
|Dimensions||10.6 x 5.9 x 2.8 in.|
|Dimensions||8.7 x 13 x 5.1 in.|
|Material||Faux leather (polyurethane)|
|Dimensions||6.2 × 10.7 × 5.5 in.|
|Material||Fabric with leather trim|
|Dimensions||4.7 x 8.7 x 1.2 in.|
|Dimensions||5.1 x 9.5 x 1.4 in.|
|Material||Rafe kabibe shell and metal|
|Dimensions||5 x 9 x 1.6 in.|
|Material||Python and caiman leather|
|Dimensions||5 x 9 x 1 in.|
|Material||Metal and crystals|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 7.1 x 1.5 in.|
Now that you are clutch bag savvy, you might be interested in selecting new outfits to look great at all times. Here are some other fashionable pieces you might be interested in!
Home electronics, PC, camera
Cosmetics and skincare
Food and drinks
Kids and baby
Interior and furniture
DIY and tools
Sports and fitness
Books, CDs, DVDs
Cars and motorcycles
Housing equipment and renovation
Smartphones and mobile phones
Investment and asset management
Credit cards and loans