It's the Year of the Clutch—These Are the Best Ones You Can Buy

Best Clutch Bags: @rosiehw carries a white clutch bag

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No doubt about it: 2021 has been the year of the clutch. At least, it’s been the year of clutch appreciation. The bag style became incredibly popular in 2019, when Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta bestowed us with The Pouch—undoubtedly the reason clutch bags became a fashion staple once more. Spotted on celebs and street style stars alike, it was the trending bag of choice for so many of the fashion people we love. And now that weddings and party season are back on the agenda, there’s never been a better time to invest in a fresh clutch style. However, don’t feel the need to reserve yours for fancy occasions—whether worn with jeans and tee or a printed midi dress, the clutch reached new levels of outfit possibilities. 

Best Clutch Bags: @rosiehw’s collection of clutches and bags

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As an aspiring fashion writer in my teens, I remember thinking of women holding clutch bags as the pinnacle of chicness. Tucked under one's arm, maybe with a coat hanging off one's shoulders, probably holding a glass of prosecco… To me, there was nothing cooler. I pictured myself embodying the likes of Carrie Bradshaw when I would tuck one under my arm for a school party. Now, here I am a decade later, and they've come back, and I’m going to make the most of it. 

It's not just The Pouch (with its investment-level price point) that we're loving when it comes to clutch bags, either. There are so many to love—from quilted versions through to second-hand treasures. Keep scrolling to discover how the fashion set have been styling their clutch bags recently, and shop my edit of the best ones—from designer to high-street to vintage.

HOW TO STYLE CLUTCHES

Best Clutch Bags: Rosie Huntington-Whitely with Bottega Veneta The Pouch bag

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@rosiehw

Style Notes: Rosie is the original champion of the Bottega Veneta clutch bags. She wears them day or night, but we love when she pairs it with an everyday look we can copy.

Best Clutch Bags: Tiffany Hsu with Bottega Veneta The Pouch bag

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@handinfire

Style Notes: We keep seeing people pair beige and cream outfits with bright blue, and we're here for it. 

Style Notes: Small clutch bags work so well with structured pieces like workwear trousers and white blouses. 

Style Notes: Prada nylon is always a good idea. We love how Jeanette chooses a pop of colour. 

Best Clutch Bags: Sylvie Must with a tan suede clutch bag

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@sylviemus_

Style Notes: Clutch bags can also work with minimal outfits, just like Sylvie’s. 

Best Clutch Bags: Linda Tol with Bottega Veneta Bag

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@lindatol_

Style Notes: Matching your accessories (like shoes and a bag like Linda's) is such an easy styling trick to elevate any look.

Style Notes: Queen of Scandi cool, Pernille opts for double leathers, and it looks so chic.

Style Notes: Ellie of Slip Into Style uses contrasting hues to such good result with this red-and-pink look.

Best Clutch Bags: Blanca Miro with Anya Hindmarch clutch bag

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@blancamiro

Style Notes: Blanca's Anya Hindmarch clutch is the perfect addition to this maximalist look.

Style Notes: Rich hues like burgundy and navy are such a great colour alternative for a classic bag.

Best Clutch Bags: Grece Ghanem with Bottega Veneta The Pouch bag

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@greceghanem

Style Notes: Keep it simple with your outfit and let your accessories do the work. 

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This article was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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