Ladies (and gentleman too, but this only applies to the most fabulous among your ranks), I’m here to talk to you today about an issue that’s plaguing the closets of all too many women: clutch neglect. I’m not talking about formal evening bags; I think that a lot of us have a sparkly little something-or-other ferreted away, just in case. I’m talking about an actual clutch, one that can be carried to a dinner with friends or weekend afternoon cocktails with your girls (does anyone actually do that?) or, you know, wherever you feel like it, so long as you don’t have a baby in tow and you don’t have to haul groceries in the course of the outing.
A good clutch is a bag that will hold your keys, a small wallet, your phone and your sunglasses without bulging awkwardly, and carrying something handheld instead of a shoulder bag not only makes you look elegant and a bit carefree, but I find that it also makes me feel instantly more stylish. There’s something stately, almost regal, about telling the world that your average evening plans are going to go so well that you don’t need to worry about a shoulder strap. Just don’t lose your purse! We know how you get when you drink tequila.
Ahem. Check out our picks to fill out your bag wardrobe after the jump.
Maiyet Ponyhair Ceres Clutch, $1850 via Barneys
Jason Wu Daphne Warrior Clutch, $1595 via Barneys
Fendi Snakeskin Chameleon Large Wallet Clutch, $920 via Barneys
Mark Cross Scottie Wristlet, $1695 via Barneys
Lanvin Python Partition Pochette, $3145 via Barneys
Reed Krakoff Kit Leather Clutch, $995 via Net-a-Porter
Lauren Mirkin Iris Stamped Snake Clutch, $395 via ShopBop
Alexander McQueen Suede Fold Over Clutch, $1325 via Neiman Marcus
Givenchy Colorblock Obsedia Clutch, $1375 via Barneys