Clutch Purses


Clutch purses are just so darn chic! If you have a purse obsession you might agree with me on how gorgeous these are.

Clutch handbags come in all kinds of styles - so there's something for every woman's personal taste. Examples are the classy and low-key leather clutch envelope (my fave) and sexy croc patent textured clutch for you trendy fashionistas. And also those satin and crystal beaded evening bags for special occasions.

Caramel Zip Clutch Handbag by Marc by Marc Jacobs
Zip Clutch by Marc by Marc Jacobs via Zappos

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Clutch purses come in other styles than just the classic rectangular shape. You'll discover clutch in hard boxy styles and softer, rounded shapes as well. Although they are smaller than an average purse, they vary in size - oversized being my favorites! :)


How to Buy a Clutch Handbag

Scale the clutch purse to your body size

Here are a couple of guidelines on how to choose the right bags according to your body proportions:

    Eva Longoria carrying a clutch purse
    Eva Longoria via Coutureinthecity
  • Petites should opt for a small clutch (unless you want to look smaller, then go bigger) in a shape that complements their body shape
  • Plus size girls should look for larger purses (unless you want to look bigger, go smaller) in a shape that complements their body shape
  • If you're a petite plus size, then go for medium-sized in a shape that complements your body shape.
  • If you're thin you should look for softer, rounded clutches

A general rule of thumb is to avoid repeating the same shape of your body shape:

For example, if you have curvy features, opt for a clutch purse that is structured but softly rounded - this helps balance out your curves.

Also, avoid carrying bags that are way too big or small for your body scale as it can make your size more obvious in comparison. So if you're a plus size, look for purses that are medium to large scaled. Or if you're petite, go for small-scaled purses.

If you're a petite plus size, opt for medium scale.

Secure the versatile styles first

Secure at least one or two clutch purses that go with everything and which you can use for many years to come, such as solid neutrals and colors like black and brown.

Also look for something with minimal in style and with timeless details (envelope or snap tote purse in leather or satin. No complicated prints). These go with everything and never go out of style.

Consider buying a clutch bag with strap

Yup, clutch purses are fashionable but they are easier to get snatched which can also jeopardize your safety. Also, straps are often practical if you're not the type who likes to grip to a thing all the time. This is especially a food-for-thought if you have small hands. If you don't want to wear straps then make sure you hold it close to your body and never leave it out of sight.

Make sure to plan what you want to carry in your purse

An overstuffed and bulky bag can distract people's eye from a fabulous-looking outfit. If you're planning on stuffing your whole life in it (not literally) then you're better off with a handbag or the biggest clutch bag you can find.

However I prefer a handbag because it's easier to carry if you are bringing a lot of things with you.


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Here are my favorites from around the web, for both evening and everyday wear:

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Clutch Evening Purses

Pick among beautiful fabrics and embellishments like satin, lace, rhinestones, beads, gold and silver frames.

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For Parties and Everyday Wear

These are used rigidly (as in stuffing in your things at least 5 times a week, going out, etc.) so you need a clutch purse that is sturdy and durable. Leather is in my opinion the best material for everyday use.

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Remember what I said about clutch purses being so darned cute? Well, I'm sure you've noticed that I may have stuffed too many options right in your face (imagine having to comb through 5000 clutch styles)! It was hard to cherry-pick only a handful of purses because they are all a knock-out! :-)

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