Wristlet . . . wristlet . . . wristlet. It’s one of those words that if you say it too many times it totally loses its meaning. So stop saying it! Let’s just call it a little bag with a short strap designed to be worn around the wrist—kind of like a bracelet with a purse attached. Wristlets are typically on the small side, and are meant for carrying just the essentials, like phone, ID, keys, and lip gloss.
A wristlet is meant to be used as a small handbag, clutch or wallet. It usually replaces a purse for occasions where only a few items are needed. Wristlets are perfect for when you don’t want to bring a larger bag along, and are especially handy for events that may have you bouncing from place to place—like cocktail parties and weddings—because the wrist strap ensures that you won’t leave your bag behind. Wristlets can also be used as little auxiliary bags within your primary handbag, so that you have something you can take on the go at a moment’s notice.
Simply slip the strap of your wristlet purse over your hand, and let the bag dangle from your wrist or lower arm. If you don’t want to use the strap, you can carry your wristlet like a clutch, either in your hand or held between your upper arm and side.
Wristlets come in a variety of colors, materials, and styles for different occasions. For parties and more formal affairs, look for embellished and metallic wristlets that pair with cocktail dresses and evening shoes. For daily use, a basic leather wristlet goes with anything and can function as a pouch or wallet within your purse, and then become a handy clutch for happy hour. Wristlets typically feature zipper or snap closures, and hardware that connects the wrist strap to the bag. The interior may have one large compartment, dividers, or even multiple slots and pockets for cash, credit cards, phone and makeup.