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Even though we’re huge fans of practical handbag styles such as roomy totes and backpacks, we have to admit that not carrying around a bag that weights the equivalent of a small child can feel like a breath of fresh air. And there are certainly occasions such as weddings and cocktail parties, when styling your outfit with a smaller purse looks a lot more elegant.
So this season, ditch your bulky carryall and opt for a lighter (and brighter) clutch. We love classic silhouettes updated in bold hues or textured fabrics. Envelope-style pouches in leather, for example, look incredibly sophisticated and professional so you may even consider one for a work event.
And those made from natural straw are the epitome of effortless chic. Small enough to fit your most essential belongings such as your phone, cards, and keys, they are perfect for when you’re on vacation.
Now peruse our favorite clutches and pouches you can add to your handbag collection right now.
Oscar de la Renta Leather Clutch
Add some color to your spring wardrobe with this structured leather clutch that comes with a detachable shoulder strap for easy carrying.
To buy: $2,290, modaoperandi.com
Kayu Crete Wicker Clutch
This is the perfect accessory to take with you on your next beach vacation—it’s fully lined inside and has room for your phone and cards.
To buy: $250, modaoperandi.com
Proenza Schouler Curl Small Chain Smooth Leather Clutch Bag
This chic leather clutch features contrast stitching and a beautiful sculptural leaf-like ornament at the front. It also comes with a detachable chain shoulder strap.
To buy: $995, bergdorfgoodman.com
Hayward Bobby Floral-brocade Clutch
This envelope-style clutch is such a perfect option for spring and summer—it features a bright floral print and, in addition to the main compartment, it also has a front zippered pocket.
To buy: $1,890, modaoperandi.com
Valentino Garavani Rockstud Patent Leather Clutch
Valentino’s signature stud accents turn this classic patent leather clutch into an everyday handbag option with an edgy vibe.
To buy: $1,645, nordstrom.com
Fendi Wonder Monster Calfskin Leather Wallet on a Chain
Crafted in calfskin leather in a soft pink shade, this feminine wallet/clutch also features Fendi’s signature Bag Bugs eye detail recreated by the two studs at the front.
To buy: $1,290, nordstrom.com
Gucci GG Marmont 2.0 Matelassé Leather Clutch
It’s always good to have a classic leather clutch in your closet. This quilted Gucci one is a chic everyday option that can be styled with anything.
To buy: $1,290, nordstrom.com
Mulberry Amberley iPhone Leather Clutch
The rich “hibiscus red” hue of this clutch will immediately add a bright pop of color to a monochrome ensemble. It also comes with a detachable wrist strap.
To buy: $595, nordstrom.com
Bottega Veneta Lauren 1980 Metallic Intrecciato Leather Clutch
When Bottega Veneta first launched this clutch, a replica of the one Lauren Hutton wore in American Gigolo, it sold out pretty fast. Now, the elegant, 80s-inspired style is back and, of course, features the brand’s iconic intrecciato pattern, a leather weaving technique.
To buy: $2,400, net-a-porter.com
Anya Hindmarch Neeson Woven Leather and Straw Clutch
This chic clutch is handcrafted from leather and natural straw and features the designer’s signature bow at the front.
To buy: $550, net-a-porter.com