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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.