36 Best Clutches for Daytime, Parties, Vacation, and Beyond

Whether for a wedding, black-tie event, or vacation, the best clutches undoubtedly deserve a place in your wardrobe. However, don’t look at these small purses as occasion-only one-trick ponies—they pack a major punch. Some offer far more space than you’d expect and can easily transition from day to night, while others are versatile silhouettes that transform into a shoulder or cross-body bag with the help of a strap. Of course, others are striking objects that serve as conversation starters every time they’re worn—think party-ready box clutches, novelty shapes, and jewel-like minaudières. However, many pint-sized bags like envelop and flap styles, smooth leather designs, and modern or soft shapes go the distance with more outfits than you’d imagine, from casual to cocktail-worthy. Ahead, discover Vogue’s edit of the best, from minimal to artful and ornate.

The Touch of Shimmer

Party clutches are among the most remarkable and fun. So, go big with captivating adornments like dazzling rhinestones, crystals, feathers, and metallic touches.

Benedetta Bruzziches Venus metallic mesh clutch

Prada leather mesh and satin clutch

Kara crystal mesh lunch bag

Dries Van Noten embellished velvet envelope clutch

BruceGlen sparkle pouchette mini convertible bag

Mach & Mach wavy satin bag

The Acrylic Accessory

Box clutches are quite classic, but that doesn’t equate to dull. Modern versions range from elegant acrylic and glimmering black-tie–worthy styles to novelty designs that’ll boldly accent any outfit.

Cult Gaia Eden acrylic clutch

Alexander McQueen skull knuckle box clutch

L’Afshar Lucite Grace box bag

Sophia Webster Clara crystal minaudiere

Edie Parker mini Lara clutch

The Luxe Leather

A leather clutch is an essential accessory, whether you prefer a pouch, fold-over, or drawstring design. In particular, one with clean lines or polished hardware is ideal to transition from day to night, with casual and elegant attire alike.

Saint Laurent black lambskin quilted baby bucket bag

Nanushka bar faux-leather clutch

Gucci horsebit 1955 small bag

Bottega Veneta small slanted intreccio leather clutch

Zara pleated leather clutch

Proenza Schouler Rolo frame clutch

The Timeless Satin

Lustrous satin clutches are some of the most elegant for parties and special events. Take the elegance a step further with special details like rhinestone adornment, polished hardware, or a unique knotted design.

Anya Hindmarch bow fringed satin clutch

Roger Vivier Broche Vivier buckle Boite de Nuit micro clutch in satin

Jimmy Choo Madeline mini satin crossbody bag

Givenchy Kenny mini satin clutch

Serena Uziyel Alessa embellished satin clutch

Alexander Wang Marquess micro bag

The Novelty Minaudière

Though some barely contain the essentials, you’ll have the most fun with a novelty clutch or jewelry-like minaudière. These are among the most distinctive—often paired with cocktail and black-tie attire—featuring a structured shape and decorative details from lustrous hardware to glimmering crystals and gems.

Alexander McQueen mini clutch in gold

Judith Leiber bow crystal clutch

Olympia Le-Tan Basket of Apples embroidered book clutch bag

Bienen Davis x Aureta Xenon minaudière top-handle bag

Jimmy Choo Cloud embellished leather clutch

Benedetta Bruzziches Armonia Methacrylate clutch

The Beachy Clutch

Your vacation and summer wardrobe unquestionably calls for specific clutches to pair with the light and airy pieces you adore. Seek out designs crafted from natural materials, like raffia, sisal, and cotton—all boast a delightfully artisanal feel.

Cult Gaia Banu mini clutch

Cleobella Nia crochet handbag

Loro Piana puffy small raffia-effect clutch

Sensi Studio Maxi geometric-weave Sisal clutch bag

Valentino Roman stud raffia clutch bag

Johanna Ortiz Oye Mi Canto woven clutch


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