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The Best Clutch - 2022

Last updated on August 29, 2022

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Our Picks For The Top Clutches

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Our Take
  Top Pick

FashionPuzzle Envelope Wristlet, Crossbody & Clutch

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FashionPuzzle

Envelope Wristlet, Crossbody & Clutch

Overall Take

Easy to CarryThis clutch gets high marks for portability and security.

  Runner Up

Naimo Detachable Chain Flap Clutch

Naimo

Detachable Chain Flap Clutch

Overall Take

Lots of RoomKeep all your gear near with this simple yet elegant bag.

  We Also Like

Dasein Women’s Faux Suede Cocktail Clutch

Dasein

Women's Faux Suede Cocktail Clutch

Overall Take

Soft, Classy FeelThis spacious clutch is fashionable without being fussy.

  Also Great

Nodykka Women’s Evening Sparkling Envelope Clutch

Nodykka

Women's Evening Sparkling Envelope Clutch

Overall Take

Fits Any OccasionThe gold chain makes this a go-to bag.

Guide written by Tod Caviness
Last updated on August 29, 2022

Cute little purses have always been fashionable, but it’s in this modern era that the clutch is truly coming into its own. They might even be getting more popular than the traditional purse for the same reason you don’t see as many bulging wallets ruining the look of men’s pants. We’re all becoming less apt to carry cash, coins and even extra credit cards, and that makes these compact accessories a lot more attractive.

Yes, clutches serve a practical purpose, but you’ll probably want to start by thinking about style. You want a reliable clutch that can store all your things but also complements your clothes. Before you spend hundreds on a bag that perfectly matches your favorite evening gown, you might want to consider how many other outfits it goes well with. Do you want a sparkly, sequined clutch that stands out or a sleek little number that blends in with your look? You can go either route, but think about your budget. Understated clutches can be your go-to bag both at the office or out on the town. That glitzy one might only work for parties, so you may need to buy another for everyday use.

There are many different types of clutch, but again, picking them is mostly a matter of aesthetics. An “envelope” clutch with a fold-over top is the most popular configuration, and it’s easy to get items out of quickly. The “box” style tends to be bulkier but has a definite retro appeal, while “wristlet” clutches are petite and perfect for a quick night out. Just make sure they can hold all the things you’re likely to carry along.

Next, give some thought to how you’re going to clutch that clutch — or not. The classic handbag clutch had no handles of any kind, and you were expected to simply carry it around. Undeniably cute, but not very practical. Today’s clutches usually have some kind of strap or handle. It’s a particular bonus if you’re able to unhook the straps or simply tuck them inside. That way you’ve got the best of both styles. If you’re going to be hanging that clutch across your body, keep in mind that the strap will need to be longer than if you’re carrying it over one shoulder. Handles are less messy if you plan to have a hand free. Whatever you choose, just make sure they’re secure, especially if the clutch is going to be your everyday bag. When it comes to wear and tear, straps are usually the first things to break.

Of course, material matters on the clutch itself — both inside and out. Make sure the interior of the bag is lined with some kind of fabric, and the softer the better. That will save your phone or cards from any undue scratches. (Separate compartments will help with this, too.) On the outside, leather is always good bet. It’s got a distinctive look and its water-resistant qualities make it as durable as it is stylish. Suede is a popular fabric for handbags, but it might require a little more care. And while vinyl or simple cloth clutches might save you a little money, you’ll see tears and scuffing a lot more quickly.

The Best Clutches

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  Top Pick

FashionPuzzle Envelope Wristlet, Crossbody & Clutch

There's both a wrist strap and an eye-catching chain on this posh bag. That means you can wear it loosely off the shoulder, across the body or dangling close at hand. There's also a zipper and magnet enclosure to make sure all your valuables stay put.

Features


Specifications

Brand
FashionPuzzle
Model
2
  Runner Up

Naimo Detachable Chain Flap Clutch

This bag is compact enough to carry around all day but roomy enough for all the essentials. Your phone, keys and cards will all fit comfortably and everyone can find something to fit their outfit thanks to the range of colors. The shoulder strap is removable if you want a minimal look.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Naimo
Model
3
  We Also Like

Dasein Women’s Faux Suede Cocktail Clutch

The classic lines and velvety texture on this one will suit a variety of outfits. Expect ample space for phones and even a bit of makeup inside. All in all, the classic design makes it a good pick for formal nights or a bridesmaid ensemble.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Dasein
Model
4
  Strong Contender

Milisente Women’s Suede Envelope Clutch & Crossbody

The simple but functional chain is a perfect complement to the sleek suede look of this purse. You'll find plenty of pockets inside to store a day's worth of necessary items. When you're on the go, it seals up and opens with equal ease thanks to a magnet on the flap.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Milisente
Model
5
  Also Great

Nodykka Women’s Evening Sparkling Envelope Clutch

There's a subtle sparkle to the fabric on this clutch, along with a gold chain and accents. The result is a bag that goes equally well with office wear or the red carpet. The fabric inside keeps phones safe from undue wear and tear.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Nodykka
Model

Our Clutch Buying Guide

Cute little purses have always been fashionable, but it’s in this modern era that the clutch is truly coming into its own. They might even be getting more popular than the traditional purse for the same reason you don’t see as many bulging wallets ruining the look of men’s pants. We’re all becoming less apt to carry cash, coins and even extra credit cards, and that makes these compact accessories a lot more attractive.

Yes, clutches serve a practical purpose, but you’ll probably want to start by thinking about style. You want a reliable clutch that can store all your things but also complements your clothes. Before you spend hundreds on a bag that perfectly matches your favorite evening gown, you might want to consider how many other outfits it goes well with. Do you want a sparkly, sequined clutch that stands out or a sleek little number that blends in with your look? You can go either route, but think about your budget. Understated clutches can be your go-to bag both at the office or out on the town. That glitzy one might only work for parties, so you may need to buy another for everyday use.

There are many different types of clutch, but again, picking them is mostly a matter of aesthetics. An “envelope” clutch with a fold-over top is the most popular configuration, and it’s easy to get items out of quickly. The “box” style tends to be bulkier but has a definite retro appeal, while “wristlet” clutches are petite and perfect for a quick night out. Just make sure they can hold all the things you’re likely to carry along.

Next, give some thought to how you’re going to clutch that clutch — or not. The classic handbag clutch had no handles of any kind, and you were expected to simply carry it around. Undeniably cute, but not very practical. Today’s clutches usually have some kind of strap or handle. It’s a particular bonus if you’re able to unhook the straps or simply tuck them inside. That way you’ve got the best of both styles. If you’re going to be hanging that clutch across your body, keep in mind that the strap will need to be longer than if you’re carrying it over one shoulder. Handles are less messy if you plan to have a hand free. Whatever you choose, just make sure they’re secure, especially if the clutch is going to be your everyday bag. When it comes to wear and tear, straps are usually the first things to break.

Of course, material matters on the clutch itself — both inside and out. Make sure the interior of the bag is lined with some kind of fabric, and the softer the better. That will save your phone or cards from any undue scratches. (Separate compartments will help with this, too.) On the outside, leather is always good bet. It’s got a distinctive look and its water-resistant qualities make it as durable as it is stylish. Suede is a popular fabric for handbags, but it might require a little more care. And while vinyl or simple cloth clutches might save you a little money, you’ll see tears and scuffing a lot more quickly.

DWYM Fun Fact

Never doubt the power of a designer handbag. In the 2013 Woody Allen film “Blue Jasmine,” Cate Blanchett plays a super-rich socialite who carries around a leather Hermés Birkin purse. According to Blanchett, it cost more than the entire wardrobe budget for the film and had to be borrowed from Hermés’ public relations liaison.

The Clutch Tips and Advice

  • When you’re picking a clutch, an attractive chain strap can be a definite selling point. As always though, consider the outfit you’re wearing it with. There’s no reason to worry about chains with most outfits, but they have a tendency to pull and get caught on sequins.
  • Going to be away from your desk for most of the day? Turn your handbag into a “smart clutch.” Simply keep a wireless charger in the phone pocket and you can charge up whenever you’re on the go.

About The Author

Tod Caviness 

Tod Caviness has been a features journalist and writer in Central Florida for the past 20 years. His stories covered everything from indie fashion to nightlife, but they have only slightly improved his taste in clothes or the quality of his homemade Manhattans. Luckily, he still looks good in black.