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.
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.