Say Buh-Bye to the Mini Bag and Hello to the New Go-To

Roundup of the best clutch bags

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If you were to read any of the text chains between my friends and me, it would be abundantly clear how often we discuss one of the most impractical trends of the century: mini bags. While some handbags have been popular for a long time, it is only within the past few years that the mini-bag trend has risen in prominence. This is due in part to Instagram-favorite designers like Jacquemus helping to usher the trend into viral territory. My mini-bag ramblings have yet to dissipate, but I must admit that I’m relieved to see a new, more practical purse is on the horizon. Please welcome back the timeless clutch bag. 

Clutch bags first emerged in the 1920s to address the needs of consumers who, in lieu of a more practical, traditional carryall, were craving small, stylish bags that would complement specific looks. It’s true that, like mini bags, clutches can be a fussier choice since, by definition, these bags are handheld. But that doesn’t mean they’re not practical. Some of the best clutch bags actually can hold more than a Tic Tac, cost less than a fortune, and—dare I say—give pockets a run for their money. Don’t believe me? Ahead, I’ve rounded up the 44 best clutch bags in every shape and at every price point.

The Cloud Clutch
Roundup of the best clutch bags, including the cloud clutch

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Bottega Veneta introduced the popular cloud-shaped clutch back in July of 2018, and three years later, it’s clear that this bag and its various iterations are here to stay.

Shop cloud clutches:

If you live for a “moment” or just a dramatic bag, then this faux-shearling clutch will do it for you.

Did your jaw just drop? Mine did too, fam. Mine did too. 

Okay, Ted Baker’s coming in clutch with this sparkly black bag. 

Leather is still big this fall, so this cloud-shaped clutch is a safe bet. 

This is the type of versatile clutch that everybody wants to get their hands on.

Not able to yet invest in Bottega Veneta’s cloud clutch? This one should hold you over. 

And finally, it’s not a tribute to the cloud bag without the brand that made the cloud clutch happen: Bottega Veneta. With new iterations of this clutch shape, including chunky chains, fringe, and faux fur, Bottega keeps this It bag ever relevant.

The Pouch Clutch
Roundup of the best clutch bags, including the pouch

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The pouch dates back to medieval times, but it has evolved over the years from its original handheld version to iterations that include zippers and even handle straps. Whether you opt for a traditional square style or a pouch shape (which will be trending through the end of the year), you can’t go wrong with this clutch.

Shop pouch clutches:

Isn’t this just the cutest? Pretty sure your go-to hand sanitizer fits perfectly, too.

Pouches are all about making a mini statement, and what better way to do so than with this satin pouch bag with an embellished starfish?

If you want to channel the 1920s origin the of pouch clutch, opt for a satin or beaded version, like this design from Bronze Age.

You'll carry this clutch for years to come. 

A classic satin drawstring pouch will never go out of style. 

Perfect for when you only need the essentials.

Everything about this pouch-shaped bag is perfection. 

The Envelope Clutch
Roundup of the best clutch bags, including the envelope clutch

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One of the more iconic versions of the clutch bag, the envelope/folded clutch is a staple piece in many stylish wardrobes.

Shop envelope clutches:

I have yet to find a Bottega Veneta clutch I don’t like. 

Now that you’ve found the perfect envelope clutch for a night out, you have to actually make plans. 

Is it just me, or did the fringe on this bag make your heart skip a beat? 

Found: the ultimate and most coveted envelope clutch. 

This is a fantastic clutch bag. Plus, it’s a steal.

If you’re looking for a modern take on an envelope clutch, this is the one.

The Box Clutch
Roundup of the best clutch bags

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Another iconic iteration of the clutch bag is the box clutch. Typically, this bag is made from acrylic, but today, you can find it in a variety of materials, sizes, and styles, making it a fun piece to add to any ensemble.

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What makes this box clutch perfect (aside from the pearl detail)? Its surprisingly affordable price.

Brandon Blackwood’s clutch is a fresh take on the classic box-clutch shape. 

Who said box clutches had to be put in a box? Case in point: this buttery-yellow leather clutch with a bold buckle and top handle. 

You’ve probably spotted this bag before. (It has quite the fan base, including Meghan Markle.) Fans aside, it’s a must-have for any collector.

It doesn’t get more classic than a black kiss-lock clutch. 

I love a rattan bag, especially when it comes in the form of a box clutch.

Cult Gaia does it again with this see-through box clutch. 

It doesn’t get dreamier than Olympia Le-Tan’s box clutch in the shape of a book. BRB, pinning this to my shopping board

The Wristlet Clutch
Roundup of the best clutch bags, including the wristlet clutch

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Let’s be real here: Some of us love clutches but hate having to hold them. Enter the wristlet. While there’s also the bracelet bag (think of Chloé’s famous one), this style still qualifies as a clutch, but it can easily slide on to your wrist so that you don’t have to worry about carrying something.

Shop wristlet clutches:

The best thing about this Staud bag is its versatility. With its detachable strap, you can style it as a wristlet, clutch, or shoulder bag. Plus, it comes in eight different colorways, so you have options

Wristlets don’t have to be fussy—look for a classic one like this that can be worn for seasons to come.

A cloud-shaped tweed wristlet clutch? Here for it. 

While a clutch may require more effort to carry than a traditional handbag or shoulder bag, its unique elements (like this clutch’s curved handle) make holding on oh so delightful. 

Who wouldn’t want to slip this cute tote bag on to their wrist?

A reminder that clutch bags come in all forms. This one just so happens to be circular. 

Woven leather will continue to be big this fall, so this clutch wristlet is a great buy. 

Another wristlet clutch to pin to the Dream Bag board.

You can style this bag as a wristlet clutch or a shoulder bag, making it one of the most versatile purses in your arsenal. 

If you’re looking for a more affordable designer version of the iconic cloud-shaped clutch that won’t cost the equivalent of New York City rent, Mansur Gavriel’s wristlet bag is the one you’ve been dreaming of.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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