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The MyBag Guide to the Clutch Bag

The MyBag Guide to the Clutch Bag

As a fashion accessory, the clutch bag is undoubtedly up there with dresses, jewellery and shoes forming the quartet of statement making essentials for any evening event. But while the clutch was once deemed a nocturnal accessory, we’re only recently discovering the daytime practical virtues of the clutch. An embrace of minimalist living? A rejection of modern consumerism? Whatever the reason, the rise of the clutch has seen designers respond in recent years with a plethora of new and innovative styles ranging from utilitarian practicality to daring ostentation.

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With such a wealth of styles and designs now in our midst, finding the perfect clutch bag has become an increasingly more challenging task. Whether it is fabrication, size, functionalities or design that is the deal breaker, the MyBag Guide to the Clutch Bag is designed to help you sort the wheat from the chaff and help you discover the clutch bag that best suits your wants and needs.

 

Classic

Distinguished by its timeless design, the classic clutch bag is an essential in your arsenal with versatility to see you through formal events or more dressy nights out. Due to its classic design, when it comes to finding your perfect clutch the devil is in the detail: look carefully at the quality of the leather and hardware, think about the style of fastening you need, and keep one eye out for functional features such as slip pockets or card slots which can make all the difference in a smaller clutch.

 

Statement

Whereas the classic clutch is all about subtle, complementing accessorising, the statement clutch is your go-to when looking to inject individuality and character into your outfit. Alongside a luxurious construction, your statement clutch bears maximalist features in its design, fabrication and details.

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Party

The clutch has become synonymous with the quintessential party bag, and with good reason. Its classic petite design comfortably carries all your soirée essentials without the weight, and designers have helped the clutch take the mantle of ultimate party bag by excelling in party-ready, often metallic designs.

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Envelope

Instantly recognisable for its fold-over front, the iconic envelope clutch carries easily from day to night while retaining its timeless elegance. The perfect addition to any working wardrobe, this clutch updates the classic laptop bag whilst doubling up as a document holder.

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Fold-over Clutch

Defined by its functionally and deceptive design, the fold-over clutch bears the signature petite size of a classic clutch while offering double the capacity thanks to its design. Ideal for fitting all of those ‘necessities’ for a night out, lipstick, chewing gum, second pair of shoes…

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Oversized Clutch

The pace of 21st century life and the rise of the commuter lifestyle means that the smaller clutch bag doesn’t quite offer the necessary capacity needed by many for day to day use. The oversized clutch bag retains the timeless design qualities associated with the clutch but scales up to deliver greater space and convenience.



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Style Editor

With a wardrobe mostly made up of timeless classics, you’ll find me investing in great quality accessories that are both long-lasting and on-trend. When I’m not writing about fashion and style I’m… writing about fashion and style on my personal blog, dreaming up my next holiday or continuing my research on the best glass of Prosecco in Manchester.