While embellished clutches may be a staple at festive holiday parties, lately we've noticed a slew of summer-ready versions just begging to tag along on your next tropical vacation. But even if you're not lucky enough to be traipsing along the Cote d'Azur or enjoying some off-duty time in Turks and Caicos this season, we still think a decorated, handheld bag would make a fanciful addition to your warm-weather wardrobe, which is why this is an accessory trend you simply must Go Buy Now! From a fringe-adorned option to a few intricately beaded iterations, we carefully selected a score of clutches you're sure to love!
On the Runway
Per usual, we couldn't have chosen today's selections without a bit of inspiration to get our creative juices flowing. So what spawned our ideas this time around, you ask? None other than Matthew Williamson's S/S 12 show! The collection was filled to the brim with colorful looks and rich prints, but we had our eye on one spirited piece in particular. We instantly fell in love with the designer's Large Embroidered Suede Clutch ($1475, 212-255-9881), thanks to its ornate, brilliantly-hued embellishments that make it seem like a piece of art rather than just a pretty accessory! This runway iteration was all the illumination we needed, so we set out in search of equally noteworthy, yet more affordable options for you to try. Be sure to read on for the details on all of today's must-have clutches!
On The Market
1. River Island Beige Toucan Embellished Clutch Bag ($40)
Everything about this River Island clutch makes us eager to snag one pronto! From the adorable toucan embellishment at the clasp to the affordable price tag, you really can't go wrong with this buy. Whether you're sipping cocktails poolside or simply heading to lunch, this clutch is the perfect accompaniment for all your summer events.
2. Bakers Adrian C Clutch ($78)
With so many ornamented clutches available right now, it was tough to narrow down our favorites. That said, when we spotted this iteration by accessories retailer Bakers, we knew we had a winner! With its confetti-like beaded detailing and mix of bold colors, this energetic clutch rightfully tops our list and would make a striking finish to a LBD or even a jeans-and-tee combo.
3. Steve Madden Bsunset Clutch ($58) in Orange
Steve Madden definitely knows how to make a fantastic pair of shoes, but the designer is also equally adept at creating covetable handbags. Case in point: the Bsunset Clutch! We're crazy about the bright orange hue and unique stitching, which lends the piece a vintage-meets-artsy look. For your next sun-soaked fete, make this vivid clutch pop by pairing it with a little white dress for an irresistibly stylish combination.
4. Cleobella Akoko Bag ($317) in Nude/Ivory
If you're searching for an investment-worthy addition to your handbag repertoire, we think we found the perfect piece. Featuring beaded macramé and fringe detailing, this standout leather clutch by Cleobella is worth every penny! Plus, the neutral hues ensure it will go with any outfit under the sun-in other words, you won't leave home without it all season long!
5. Simone Camille Deming Clutch ($360)
Want to make a statement with your summer or vacation ensemble? All you need to do is pick up this elaborately embellished clutch by Simone Camille. Handmade with vintage textiles, this piece is truly a one-of-a-kind stunner and will transform any cocktail outfit in an instant. As an added bonus, it's even roomy enough to stash an iPad-or a slew of evening essentials if you're determined to have a technology-free vacay.
6. Gap Beaded Flap Clutch ($40) in Natural
Where would we be without Gap's stylish-yet-affordable interpretations of our favorite trends? The beloved retailer hit yet another home run with this Beaded Flap Clutch. We think the summery, easily cleanable linen bag is an ideal daytime option, while its colorful beaded detailing will add just the right amount of pizzazz to a fuss-free ensemble.--Erin Fitzpatrick