Style Tip: How to Choose a Clutch

Jan 17 2013 • by Deanna

Clutches have now become fashion staples in many women’s wardrobes. They are not only worn for formal or evening occasions, clutches are now carried on the streets as part of everyday wear. With the many stylish options available, choosing a clutch is easy as long as you know the basics. In this post, we’re giving you some tips on how to choose a clutch which you can use depending on your need. We’ve also found some bloggers who provide inspiration on styling a clutch with various outfits.


Here are just a few things you need to know:

1. Determine your budget. How much are you willing to spend on a clutch? Would you go for designer or retail? Prices can range from two to four digits. If you are on a tight budget, you can opt for clutches that are affordable but be sure to check the quality. Real leather is durable and crystal-inlaid clutches are luxurious but the price can be pretty steep. You can opt for leatherette or faux crystals instead.

Many shops also offer regular and seasonal sales such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on designer clutches so watch out for them.


Designer chic. 3.1 Phillip Lim Clutch on Hallie (Hallie Daily)

SPEND (top): 3.1 Phillip Lim Black Nashiki Neoprene and Leather Clutch (currently out of stock)

SAVE (bottom): Hobo International Sadie 2 Clutch, $108

2. Know the occasion. You might be needing a clutch when an important event comes up such as a wedding, a party or any formal occasion. Sometimes, you just need a clutch for everyday wear. This leads to our third tip below.

3. Pick a style. There are many style options within reach and one thing to consider is its make. Do you want a sturdy leather clutch or a glittery minaudiere? Depending on the occasion, you may want to take note of the following:

Style: Beaded, sequined, glittery, bejeweled, studded or spiked, vintage

Material: Leather (real and faux), silk or satin, velvet, patent, mother of pearl

Size and shape: Minaudiere, envelope, hardcase, barrel, round, long, rectangular, oversized, skinny

You can also check our blog directory for a comprehensive list of styles, material and brands.


Party-ready. Black Studded Clutch on Katelyn (The Skinny Blonde Girl)

SPEND (top): Marc by Marc Jacobs Thunderdome Studded Leather Clutch, $328

SAVE (bottom): House of Harlow 1960 Tilda Clutch, $229

4. Choose one that suits your body type. A clutch can flatter your figure and one that is the opposite shape of your body provides balance and proportion. If you’re tall and slim, a round clutch will work; for fiercely real women, a sleek envelope or a structured clutch will play up your curves nicely. For those with petite frames, you can always carry an oversized or long clutch.


Oversized but not overwhelming. Yellow Oversized Clutch from Nanooosh

SPEND (top): Michele Chiocciolini Star Clutch, $417.9

SAVE (bottom): Nila Anthony Colorblock Clutch, $38

5. Pick a color. We all know that a pop of color can make an outfit come alive. If you’re wearing a plain or neutral color, pick a bright hued clutch. Make sure your clutch doesn’t clash with your outfit, including your shoes. If you’re already wearing a busy print, choose a clutch with a more subdued design or color.


 Statement-making. Beaded Colorblock Clutch on Micah (Raww)

SPEND (top): Sass & Bide The Union Clutch, $290 (was $390)

SAVE (bottom): Santi Beaded Box Clutch, $196

Ultimately, your personal style and preference is key to choosing the clutch you want. For tips on how to carry a clutch, check out our previous style guide here. We hope you’ll be able to find your dream clutch with this basic guide. Happy clutch-searching!