In the past, clutches were always known to be that overly embellished purse your mom kept in the back of her closet and only revealed during special occasions. She typically had one, and somehow it would magically go with everyone’s evening attire, and got passed around from sibling to sibling whenever they attended Prom, Homecoming, or the Sadie Hawkins’s dance. It was not typically the most beautiful clutch and certainly not the most functional, but somehow it managed to fit your camera, lip gloss, and any cash you needed for the evening.
Fast forward a decade and clutches are making a comeback, with a vengeance! While oversized bags can be great to tote around all of our necessities day in and day out, designers are getting smart whenever it comes to “the clutch” and creating beautiful, small purses that are edgy, fashionable, and functional enough to even carry your wallet. Designers are getting more innovative with their creations, and designing clutches that compliment the modern day woman.
For spring 2014, we are seeing medium sized clutches as well as the beloved tiny ones that we treasure. They are on point with the current over-sized handbag trend and are made to carry our everyday essentials while still being playful in design and being able to mix and match them with our various accessories. We will be seeing bags embellished with hardware, indulging in Pantone’s “Color of the Year,” radiant orchid, and metallic’s. Pastel colors will also be a big hit, as well as flesh tones, and more and more designers will be using vegan leather.
Yes ladies, the clutch has been revolutionized by modern day designers and have turned it into a must have closet essential that will no longer be pushed to the back of your wardrobe, but be a dominant part of your everyday style. The iconic clutch is back again, and this time leaving its mark on the designer world.
10 GiGi New York, Personalized Python-Embossed Leather Clutch: $195
Who doesn’t love a little personalization on their accessories? This fabulous Python Embossed Leather Clutch from GiGi New York is the perfect, refreshing springtime accessory to add to your wardrobe. It’s certainly perfect for many different purposes and is constructed of such rich colors for a beautiful season. It is a glamorous style with its zip enclosure tassel embellishment, animal print pattern, and designer plaque in the front, making this the perfect day to night accessory. The personalization will add a little wait for the bag, but is totally worth it in the end.
9 CLARE VIVIER, Crocodile-Embossed Leather Fold-Over Clutch: $210
The understated silhouette, yet bold color and materials in this Crocodile-Embossed Leather Fold-Over Clutch from Clare Vivier are the perfect spring accessory. The pop of color with the bright royal blue is a beyond brilliant accessory, but the fold over design makes it even more perfect and an easy finishing accessory. The clutch folds up and opens to reveal a 11.5 by 6.5 space for women to fill and is fully lined to protect everything inside. An extra added bonus is that this beautiful spring clutch in made in the U.S.A.
8 Tory Burch, Adalyn Metallic Clutch Bag: $350
This clutch by Tory Burch for spring 2014 is a great example of a seamless combination of both the metallic and radiant orchid trend. This bag is great for a night out on the town because it is made of the classic evening bag design with a modern day twist. It is made complete with gold hardware, the Tory Burch logo, and leather threaded chain for extra embellishment. This luxury lifestyle brand appeals to its modern day client by making this clutch functional with an interior zip pocket and divided interior. Perfect for every woman on the go!
7 Alexander McQueen, Demanta Floral Printed Satin Clutch, $540
Since April showers bring May flowers, this floral printed satin clutch from Alexander McQueen is hot, hot, hot for spring! The unique shape of the bag that is coveted by fashionistas everywhere, is easy to throw all your daily essentials inside, and still grasp with ease to go about your day. The mesmerizing, brightly colored print brings color to a whole new level with its exceptional details. Currently spotted from row in winter colors, this clutch is sure to make a splash in spring.
6 Dolce & Gabbana, Lace Zip Pouch, $675
This Dolce & Gabbana oversized lace zip pouch is a super feminine twist on a classic clutch with much extra added space for all of our woman essentials. Lined with silk and adorned with silver hardware, makes carrying this bag a luxury experience all on its own. It is super functional; as it can be used beyond just everyday wear, but can seamlessly be incorporated into your travel accessories. Dolce & Gabbana made spring a little sweeter whenever they designed this one.
5 Stella McCartney, Falabella Fold-Over Clutch Bag: $925
This Stella McCartney bag is the epitome of the perfect clutch that makes every day wear completely effortless! She drew inspiration from the flesh tone trend whenever she chose the metallic gold faux leather, as she is known as a designer that doesn’t use real leather. Then, jumping on board with the metallic hardware trend, she outlines the clutch in a dark gold chain, adding great contrast. The clutch is finished off with a magnetic closure making it easy to get in and out. The overall subtle luster of the faux leather and the dominant hardware give this clutch an edgy yet graceful look.
4 Dolce & Gabbana, Miss Marilou Floral Clutch: $1,295
Another winner for spring 2014 coming from Dolce & Gabbana. This Miss Marilou being an amazing modern day twist on a vintage silhouette that is perfect for the warm weather. Constructed from a silky woven jacquard fabric, the printed pattern shows a wide array of flowers and fruits all over. The dainty chain strap, leather trimmed frame, classic kiss lock enclosure, and vintage chain link strap give this clutch all the details to make you feel like you pulled it straight from your favorite vintage clothing store!
3 Jimmy Choo, Chandra Shimmer Suede Chain Clutch Bag: $1,295
Following right on trend, Jimmy Choo has created an evening bag with the perfect balance of embellishment that can be worn any time of day. This design mastermind drew inspiration from the flesh tone trend for handbags for spring and created a champagne tone with just a hint of shimmer. Constructed on sheepskin suede, and wrapped in a metallic chain detail, this bag is the epitome of luxury. With its contemporary design, the bag opens up so that its owner is able to fill it with their precious treasures.
2 Khirma Eliazov, Herzog Oversized Python & Crocodile Clutch Bag: $1,895
Here is an oversized clutch that screams luxury. Crafted out of contrasting python and crocodile leather, layering muted gray over a bright royal blue, makes this bag pop and draw attention from anyone who spots it. Further enhanced with gunmetal hardware, a removable chain strap, and adjustable clips, making it possible for this clutch to transition into a cross body, makes this bag ideal for a fashion obsessed woman living a fast paced life. Khirma Eliazov adds the last touch of luxe on the inside, featuring suede lining. This is truly an “it” bag for the upcoming season.
1 Fendi, Baguette Beaded Shoulder Bag: $2,750
Fendi is well-known for having amazing shoulder bags, small enough to be considered a clutch, season after season. They never disappoint customers whenever it comes to being innovative in their design style! This Baguette Beaded Shoulder Bag features their signature silver hardware, leather trim, and snap button enclosure. What makes this style unique and perfect for spring 2014 are the sparkling baguette beads that this bag is completely covered in! Each bead shines brightly to easily draw attention, but is not overdone in their skin tone, light pink hue.