As far as I'm concerned, clutches, no matter how cute, have one central character flaw: They're kind of a pain to carry. Want to hold a drink and text at the same time? Sorry, gotta pick one. Want to dance at a wedding? Guess you're leaving your bag on the table.
It's not their diminutive size that I have an issue with—after all, even us packrats have to downsize from time to time—but rather the lack of a hands-free option for those of us who aren't just planning on carrying it down a red carpet and then handing it off to an assistant for the night.
Fortunately, not all clutches are created equal, and there are some that are tailored-made with detachable chain or leather straps to sling over your shoulder when you get tired of, well, clutching your bag.
Below, shop 16 clutches you'll want to carry all night (or day, if that's your thing) by Alexander Wang, Mansur Gavriel, Zara, and more.
So pretty you'll want to store it on your bookcase when you're not using it.
Go au naturel.
Florals you can wear all year round.
Toughen up with this chain strap.
A cool croc bag from one of our favorite new handbag brands.
Like vintage, only better.
Sleek and sophisticated.
No one will blame you for petting your bag all night.
Burgundy and periwinkle—a winning color combo.
Luxe enough to wear through the holidays.
The ruffles are feminine, but they're not overly prim.
Make this your new go-to.