A clutch bag is a handbag without a handle which has to be clutched (hence the name), though quite often clutch bags come equipped with a practical detachable shoulder strap. Traditionally, the most common clutch bag is rectangular in shape with a hard shell, but there is now an endless array of clutch bag styles with more imaginative shapes, bold colours and sparkling embellishments.
Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Hermès have consistently delivered subtle statement clutches for decades, defined by their discreet approach to luxury bags and signature monogram detailing. Other brands like Moschino, Prada, Fendi and Salvatore Ferragamo have gone down bolder routes with bright-coloured, heavily embellished clutch bags in novelty shapes - not to mention the delightful vintage and even antique clutch bags out there from Faberge cigarette cases to Chinese silk embroidered purses.
Though most commonly associated with glitzy cocktail parties, Upper East Side dance floors and gala events, the great variety of designer clutch bag designs available suggests that their usage span extends beyond festivities to include work, play and the everyday. Whether you’re on the lookout for a sequin and rhinestone-embellished vintage minaudière (metal clutch) for a night out or a large black suede clutch for weekday necessities, the right clutch bag can add just the final flourish an outfit needs. Below we have outlined some key investment clutch bag styles and how they are best used and styled.
The large black leather or suede clutch is the ultimate understated style and a good example of how this traditionally eveningwear accessory can also work with daywear.
The bold coloured clutch is the go-to clutch when you need to add a hit of colour to your look. Metallics are perfect for wardrobe minimalists as silver works with almost any other colour – teamed up with whites and prints in summertime and with darker hues for winter.
The quirky embellished clutch is a statement style with a unique shape or excessive embellishments and sure to draw attention – a worthwhile party accessory, functionality aside!
OfV says: Vintage and designer clutch bags are fail-proof pieces for dressing up a plain outfit in no-time, perfectly transcending your look from desk to evening drinks. Invest in a selection of vintage clutch bags to secure that easy fashion fix. Browse our unparalleled, statement-heavy selection of designer and vintage clutches and find your special one, be it monogram patterned, animal printed, embellished with antique gemstones or plain black suede.