Who would have thought the diminutive clutch would replace the oversized tote in our "favorite everyday bags" rotation. Maybe it's the freedom that comes with having to pare down our essentials. A phone, keys, lipstick and cash is far more liberating than carrying the full contents of our top desk drawer. And there's the distinct allure of a bag that you can carry to a business meeting or a black tie bash. Besides, who doesn't love an accessory that begs you with eponymous charm to clutch it close. Maybe the effect of all our high-low dressing, the cultivation of daytime glamour and the focus on statement pieces have all combined to make the clutch the bag of the season. Take a look at exhibit a, b, c…
We're crushing on monogrammed bags this season, and this Etsy original will cost less than the Rebecca Minkoff version.
A basic black clutch has no place on our fall hot list. This calf hair twist on the classic, however, fits the bill perfectly.
For when a clutch still means party time, this gold lame jacquard piece scrunches scrumptiously. But we can totally see it with a sharp black suit for a power lunch, too.
Phillip Lim may call this a cosmetic bag, but it really deserves more of a spotlight than that (it's bigger than you think). Colorblocked with white leather on the reverse, it takes the must-have leopard clutch a step further. Check out how Song of Style styled it here.
Mixed media is so in the mix this fall. The combination of python-embellished and patent vegan leathers with metallic beading and gold metal tips is super chic.
This mini classic is the perfect kind to keep in your purse for quick dashes or dinner plans that pop out of nowhere.
There's something about the pouch silhouette that is very of-the-moment and understated chic. This one comes with a detachable strap to convert it to crossbody bag — perfect!
This is a definite daytime clutch, a notion that's far from subversive after seasons of ubiquity. You need a smart one in your handbag wardrobe.
The book-as-clutch is definitely a trend piece of the season. This limited-edition by Olympia Le-Tan is surely a collectors piece, but if you're looking for something a bit more accessible, there are a ton of imitators on Etsy.