The Best 5 Clutch Purses

The clutch purse is a unique little fashion statement—intended mainly for events, weddings, and special occasions as a pretty and practical fashion statement or the final touch to a dressed up outfit. While not necessarily ideal for everyday use due to their limited carrying space, petite clutches still have their moments to shine. These are our five favorite picks for clutches that are pretty, versatile, and still at least somewhat practical for carrying your most essential items.

Milisente Evening Clutch

Turn heads with this floral clutch

This sweet and flirty clutch will make anyone glad they invited you to their wedding or high-class event.
Eye-Catching Winner

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This charming floral clutch is ideal for a glamorous night out or for making you the stylish wedding guest everyone notices. Its size is not too confining, leaving enough room for most phone sizes, as well as a few small, essential items. For those who aren’t as keen on pink, the bag comes in 15 colors altogether, with the floral elements remaining the same and the bag color itself changing to a variety of shades to match any bridesmaid dress or other formal attire.

Pros:

  • Classy and sophisticated
  • Multiple color options
  • Washable material
  • Unique, eye-catching design

Cons:

  • Without gentle use, floral attachments may come loose
  • Attached chain option may not be sturdy

Envelope Clutch with Crossbody Chain

Stylish and sophisticated

This stunning and simple clutch is a versatile choice that doubles as a cross-body bag with the addition of a slim gold chain.
Spacious and Sleek Pick

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Undoubtedly the most spacious of these picks, this beautiful and sophisticated clutch is a highly versatile choice. This envelope clutch features a sturdy gold chain intended to turn the purse into a crossbody bag, and its more ample compartment makes it more practical than the average clutch for every day use. The bag has several card slots in the interior, as well as 2 open pockets and a large zippered pocket. While no clutch is ever really “roomy,” this beautiful option comes about as close as it can get.

The bag has a magnetic closure and is made of faux leather and gold-colored hardware. Better yet, this style comes in over 30 color options, including classic colors, vibrant colors, and even a few crocodile leather style patterns.

Pros:

  • Lots of color options
  • Plenty of room for storing a phone and other small items
  • Doubles as a crossbody bag
  • Sleek and stylish look

Cons:

  • May arrive with a chemical smell
  • Chain may be too short for taller wearers

Coach Corner Zip Wristlet

A designer option in a more simple look

This Coach brand wristlet clutch is truly beautiful in its simplicity. Perfect for a more casual outing, made to match any look.
Best Upscale Option

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Coach is a beloved standby in the world of purses and bags, and this sweet little zippered clutch will be no exception. The white color is a classic that will fit with just about anything you wear, and the subtle simplicity of the design will make it an easy bag to turn to whenever you’re heading out on the town; this clutch won’t just be relegated to weddings and high-end events.

The bag is made from crossgrain leather and light gold hardware. The pocket zips closed and has two interior card slots. It is a smaller size, so don’t be expecting to fit too much inside; even larger phones are unlikely to fit in this particular clutch. The bag does come in other colors and patterns, though not all are available or at the same price.

Pros:

  • Quality material
  • Simplistic design that won’t go out of style
  • Attached wristlet strap
  • Versatile color

Cons:

  • Smaller size
  • Higher priced option

Soft Leather Clutch with Chain

Spacious clutch in an evergreen style

This sophisticated, beautiful bag will add the perfect touch of style (and practicality) to any outfit.
Most Space Runner-Up

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Here’s another ideal choice for those who like their clutch purse a bit on the bulkier side. This beautiful bag is made from ultra-soft faux leather and also features a chain-style crossbody strap to increase the versatility of the piece. The larger pocket in this clutch will fit most phones, though some of the largest models will still likely be too large. The interior is carefully designed to create the most logical storage space, with two interior compartments, four credit card slots, an interior zippered pocket and an exterior zippered pocket. This clutch truly maximizes both effortless style and functionality.

Pros:

  • Lots of pockets and storage space
  • Crossbody strap option
  • Soft, supple faux leather material
  • Comes in several attractive colors

Cons:

  • Strap may be too short for taller women
  • Chain is delicate

Envelope Style Evening Clutch

A fun and feisty option, perfect for a budget

This bright, vibrant clutch has a classic style and a killer price tag that will make you want to pick up one in every color.
Affordable Winner

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This final pick is an exceptional option for evening wear that won’t break the bank. It features a more formal “night-out” style, with the sophisticated (magnetically closed) envelope flap and slim, short chain. The bright red is an eye-catching statement color, but if doesn’t match your dressed up look, they have several other options, including some velvet styles and others embellished with rhinestones.

The material on this particular clutch is a faux leather, and the strap is not a full crossbody, but a detachable carrying strap you may choose to use or remove. The bag is also fairly large, in terms of the average clutch, and will fit smaller phones, as well as other petite essentials like credit cards and makeup. Unlike some of the others which feature several pockets and zipped sections, this one has a small interior side pocket and one main open compartment.

Pros:

  • Multiple color and style options
  • Great, affordable price
  • Fairly roomy
  • Great for upscale events and weddings

Cons:

  • No zippered closure, only a magnetic flap
  • Won’t stay closed if overfilled

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a clutch purse hold my phone and wallet?

That depends entirely on the size of your phone and wallet, as well as the size of the purse. If you have a large phone model, chances are that few clutch purses will have enough space for your phone. And unless you use a tiny wallet, most probably won’t hold that either. Clutches are intended to be both a fashion statement and to hold the bare minimum items you need: credit cards, cash, makeup, lipstick, mints, and other small night-out necessities. This is also why many include credit card slots for safer storage. Before you buy any clutch, check the dimensions against the dimensions of your phone to ensure that it will fit with enough wiggle room.

When is a clutch used instead of a traditional purse?

Typically they’re ideal choices for weddings, date nights, upscale events, and other occasions at which you’d like to carry some makeup and other items without ruining an elegant look with a large, distracting purse.