They don't have to be basic
Clutch bags don’t have the best rep. Like kimonos and ballet pumps, a few desperately uncool styles have ruined it for the whole lot.
Of course, when we say ‘clutch’, we’re not referring to anything tacky or basic (hey, there’s a reason ‘Kate Middleton clutch bag‘ is one of the biggest fashion searches on the net). It’s not the kind of clutch you have to borrow from a family member for a wedding because you haven’t foreseen your normal bag doesn’t go with your outfit. We’re talking about those standalone statements and the classics you can use for years that won’t go out of fashion.
We’ve picked our 15 favourites for the new season and beyond. Roksanda and Mansur Gavriel get our vote for ones we’ll be carrying for seasons — opulent block colours, luxe leathers, un-bling detailing, while this season Zara, Toast and House Of Dagmar are providing our staples.
We can’t talk about the best clutch bags without talking about occasion-wear. DVF’s fold-over satin bag and Uterque’s minaudiere will set you up for the whole of wedding season, or ASOS’s cage sphere clutch if you’re on a budget.
The best of the high street has got to be & Other Stories’ gold chain leather clutch. Almost a bit NSFW, it will go with basically everything but we’ll be balancing it out with an oversized white shirt, jeans and heeled boots.
If you’re not buying it for a particular occasion, and are looking for some styling ideas, just look to the fashion week crowd. They’re still team clutch, usually worn with oversized knits and outerwear.
The only time a clutch is a must is with anything resembling suits or pyjamas. Tailoring and two-pieces do not benefit from a shoulder scrunching strap, so hand-held is the only option.
Check out our pick of the best clutch bags to shop now…
The right amount of leather and chainage.
Set off the light tan with a pastel blue or pale denim.
This will be coming with us to every wedding this year.
We need this for any occasions we’re wearing a dress with a full skirt.
This Anya clutch is good for quirks and normcores alike.
A good un-clutch clutch bag.
As black clutches go, this is the winner.
We all need a pouch to carry our easy-to-grab belongings in.
That bird = heart eye emoji.
The perfect holiday clutch, plus it’s light and squishable for packing.
We want everything in this season’s Mansur Gavriel collection.
We’ll be wearing this floral embroidered clutch with a crisp pale blue shirt and wide-leg trousers.
We’ll be wearing this with dark denim, or to jazz up a sensible wedding season look.
If you’re a work clutch kind of girl, this is the one.
Yellow’s this season’s coolest colour and bags are the simplest way to wear it.