Ask Belle: All-Purpose Clutch
Oct 29, 2015
If you could only own one clutch, what style would you pick? I ask because I need one for some upcoming parties, but I can’t really afford to buy (nor do I need) more than one.
Thanks for taking reader questions. CS
First off, let’s cover the “don’ts” of clutch buying. Because when you need something all-purpose, you need to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Don’t buy something with a lot of embellishments. This heavily spangled clutch is gorgeous, but utility piece. It’s the second clutch — the I have my basics covered, so now I can go wild, clutch.
Don’t go small. Sure, minaudieres are tiny and fun, but they ain’t practical. At some point, you’re going to want to carry more than your phone, a credit card, and a lipstick. Oh, and if you have the iPhone 6 Plus, forget about putting it in that Lilliputian bag.
Avoid all black. Some women will tell you a black clutch is a basic, a staple, a cornerstone piece. These women have never worn a pastel dress to a summer wedding in the South. Black is not your most versatile selection.
Spend within reason. Just because you’re only buying one does not mean you need to go all-in on something pricey. Just inspect the quality of any affordable clutch; a cheap-looking clutch can bring down a nice outfit. More than a few excellent clutches can be found in the $50-$100 range.
Now, let’s pull some options.
Metallics are always a good option for a one-and-done clutch. I like gold, so I’m all about this pale gold clutch. This envelope clutch is also worth a look. I also like this clutch/wallet hybrid from Hobo.
Leopard can be worn in cold weather and warm weather. This slim clutch is a good option; I also like this large pouch-style from Mark & Graham. For something with a bit more width to it, try this ASOS clutch.
Snakeskin is a great alternative to black. This clutch is mostly black but still has some lightness to it. This Steve Madden clutch is mostly white. But this Topshop foldover clutch in grey is the one that takes the cake.