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What is a clutch?

It’s the thing you burned out when you were trying to learn how to drive stick. Just kidding. Well, it is that. But, we’re talking homonyms here, and the clutch you’re after is a strapless women’s purse that is small enough to be carried by hand, as opposed to slung over the wrist or shoulder. A clutch may also be called a pocketbook, or in its more formal state, an evening bag.

When did clutches and evening bags come into fashion?

The clutch arrived around the same time as the red carpet. Starlets who put hours into hair, makeup and gown fittings didn’t want to carry their essentials in a regular purse, so the evening bag was created as a necessity to complement formal styles. Over time, the clutch or evening bag became an accessory in its own right, often attracting at least as much attention as jewelry and shoes.

Styles of clutches . . .

Clutches come a huge variety of styles for nearly every occasion, from the everyday to the very formal. Because they are so small—petite enough to be carried by hand—it’s possible to make them from a wider variety of materials, ranging from supple, like leather and satin, to rigid lacquers and metals. The size of a clutch purse allows for a huge amount of creativity when it comes to embellishments, like crystals, fringe, studs, quilting, clasps, and other unique hardware. Some clutches are even shaped like miniature animals or other familiar objects. Closures include zip top, envelope, fold over, clasp, hinge, button and tab. While most clutch bags are strapless, you may find clutches or evening bags with a simple strap that can be hidden when not in use.

Why carry a clutch when you could carry so much more?

When it comes to the clutch, less is more. Sure, you could carry everything you own in a large tote, but that’s not really the style you want when wearing a cocktail dress or formal gown. Clutches or evening bags are perfect for carrying the essentials to weddings, cocktail parties and other formal events. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a clutch for daily use as well. A casual leather clutch looks great with jeans, booties and a blazer.

 

Shop women’s clutches and evening bags on sale from Ash, Diane Von Furstenberg, Hobo International, Judith Leiber, and Valentino.

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Leo Envelope Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff
$95.00
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$258.00
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$1,750.00 $875.00
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$3,395.00 $2,715.00
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Lena Sauvage Leather Clutch Bag
Valentino by Mario Valentino
$745.00 $216.00
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$156.00 $59.97
from Athleta
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$258.00
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Leo Envelope Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff
$95.00
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$49.95 $24.96
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CARMEN CLUTCH
Tory Burch
$298.00
9
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$98.00 $49.99
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$128.00 $99.99
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$3,895.00 $1,049.99
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$95.00 $23.20
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$128.00
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$125.00 $83.75
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$690.00 $172.50
from Shopbop
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Ivy Leya Clutch
Sam Edelman
$108.00 $59.99
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$95.00
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Lock Clutch
Loeffler Randall
$395.00 $158.00
from Shopbop
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$1,795.00 $673.13
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$228.00 $119.99
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Burning Man Clutch
Charlotte Olympia
$1,995.00 $449.97
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$118.00 $59.99
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Leather Quilted Clutch
Brooks Brothers
$248.00 $124.00
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$108.00 $58.97
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$49.50
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Metallic Saddle Evening Clutch
Diane Von Furstenberg
$228.00 $136.80
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Molly Metro Leather Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff
$75.00 $52.50
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Joni Clutch
A.L.C.
$545.00 $327.00
from Shopbop
5
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Talia Leather Clutch
Sam Edelman
$148.00 $79.99
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Lena Sauvage Two-Tone Clutch Bag
Valentino by Mario Valentino
$745.00 $270.00
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$125.00 $30.40
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Embellished Cork Clutch
Banana Republic
$98.00 $50.97
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$110.00 $54.98
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$1,495.00 $747.00
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$1,790.00 $1,074.00
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$298.00 $223.00
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$595.00 $416.50
from Shopbop
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Leo Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff
$125.00 $87.50
from Shopbop
4
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Paulte Leather Convertible Clutch
Valentino by Mario Valentino
$745.00 $319.99
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$78.00 $29.99
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$148.00 $69.99
4
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$295.00 $79.99
4
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$1,890.00 $684.99
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$2,095.00 $1,078.00
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$180.00 $43.20
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$95.00 $23.20
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Mixed Media Clutch
Banana Republic
$108.00 $68.97
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$395.00 $237.00
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O-Ring Clutch
Diane Von Furstenberg
$228.00 $136.80
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$50.00 $40.00
from Shopbop
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$80.00 $56.00
from Shopbop
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Clutch
Diane Von Furstenberg
$248.00
from Shopbop
3
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Paulte Leather Convertible Clutch
Valentino by Mario Valentino
$745.00 $319.99
3
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Vanity Suede Mirror Clutch
Charlotte Olympia
$1,165.00 $419.99
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Leather Envelope Lock Clutch
Loeffler Randall
$295.00 $149.99
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$80.00 $27.50
3
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$150.00 $75.00
from Natori
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$1,885.00 $1,039.00
3
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$118.00 $79.99
from J. Crew
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$49.99 $17.99
from H&M
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$260.00
2
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$349.00
2
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Large Jet Set Convertible Clutch
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$168.00
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$255.00 $225.00
2
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Beaded Clutch
Sole Society
$54.95 $27.47
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O-Ring Clutch
Diane Von Furstenberg
$268.00 $160.80
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O-Ring Clutch
Diane Von Furstenberg
$228.00 $136.80
3
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Leo Leather Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff
$95.00 $66.50
2
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Barbara Envelope Clutch
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$198.00
2
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Glitter Molly Metro Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff
$75.00 $52.50
2
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Folder Clutch
Helmut Lang
$320.00 $160.00
from Shopbop
4
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Leo Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff
$145.00 $87.00
from Shopbop
2
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$255.00 $71.62
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Mirabel Clutch
Sam Edelman
$68.00 $39.99
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Sleeping Cat Clutch
Judith Leiber
$4,995.00 $2,499.99
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$1,365.00 $509.99
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Capture Convertible Clutch
Badgley Mischka
$199.00 $99.99
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$295.00 $114.99
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Azalea Velvet Clutch
Sam Edelman
$118.00 $59.99
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Quilted Velvet Clutch
Badgley Mischka
$250.00 $119.99
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$550.00 $184.99
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$125.00 $84.00
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$199.00 $108.50
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$265.00 $147.00
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$199.00 $105.00
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$2,250.00 $962.50
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$199.00 $105.00
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$175.00 $87.00
from Natori
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$195.00 $97.00
from Natori
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