The Chicastic Guide to CLUTCH PURSES

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A clutch is, simply speaking, a small purse. It is usually built around a frame opening at the top, held closed by a kissing lock. The clutch has evolved from this simple design and now includes the envelope, fold over, minaudière (box), frame, and wristlet.

The clutch was designed to hold only the necessities, such as a cell phone, driver’s license, lipstick and car keys. There are an infinite number of designs and styles, and they range in price from $10 to the thousands. The clutch went out of fashion in the early 19th century, but came back to popularity during World War II. They’ve remained popular to this day, mostly as evening and formal bags but there are plenty of women who use them for daily use.

Here are a few of the most popular styles of clutches.

1. Envelope Clutch

Though it is designed with a more casual look, don’t let this little envelope fool you! It can be used for formal wear as well! Depending on the materials used, an envelope clutch can transition from work to an evening out!

2. Flap

Similar to the envelope clutch, the flap closure clutch is the most popular style for bridesmaid accessories.

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3. Fold Over

The Fold Over clutch is almost exclusively a casual bag. It has a zipper top that folds down to half its size when closed.

4. Minaudière

Also known as a box clutch, this bag is the most popular for very formal events as they can be decorated with a myriad of objects such as knuckle duster handles, crystals, faux flowers, pearls, beads, leather…anything you can think of!

5. Frame

The frame usually has a hinge opening with a clasp or kissing lock, and the body is usually made of fabric in a pouch or rectangular shape. Sometimes the body is reinforced with a flexible yet sturdy lining.

6. Wristlet

All frame clutches can be wristlets, but not all wristlets can be frame clutches. It is basically a small bag or wallet with a small strap that fits around your wrist. This bag is a favorite for running errands or tossing in a bigger bag to use later.

 

To see these and other beautiful clutches and minaudieres, visit Chicastic.com!

Shell Crystal Mother Of Pearl Clutch Purse

Statement pieces are all the rage right now. They can add oomph to practically any look, making even the most basic ensembles look anything but. Whether it’s a clutch, statement necklace, shoe, or chiffon scarf, one of these pieces is sure to add a bit of flare and personality to anything you choose to wear. But when it comes to finding a bold accessory, don’t just limit yourself to jewelry. Clutch Bags are just as big a part of an outfit as anything else and people often forget just how much they can contribute to a look. A mother of pearl hard case clutch can do just that. It’s bold, it’s colorful and the texture is unique and rather versatile, despite what you may think.

No matter what your preference, the square shape of this clutch is rather adaptable and is simple enough to go with any style outfit. When worn with a more casual outfit, this piece can really make a statement. You can either play up the color with a blue patterned top to mirror the multifaceted nature of the shell inserts. Pair it with a pair of dark, slim fitting pants. You can even wear jewelry that has similar beading if you want to play up the design of this clutch. Either that or wear a simplistic, dark outfit which will make this piece stand out even more.

When it comes to formal events, a clutch is the go-to bag. While this piece can be worn for more everyday purposes, it can absolutely work in a formal or elegant setting. Just as with the casual outfit, you can play up the color of the bag by wearing a cornflower blue dress that brings out the blue overtones in the inlaid design. Choose glass beaded accessories in matching colors of blue, or bring out the bronze or deep purple undertones of the bag by accenting the ensemble with those colors. If you want the bag to stand out more on its own, then pairing it with a little black dress is the best way to go. The shimmering colors of the bag will be more of a focus when paired with black, allowing them to make more of a statement. Accent softly with blue toned jewelry and makeup but keep everything else simple to allow the clutch to speak for itself.

The great thing about this bag is its ability to look great no matter what sort of event you’re attending. It makes a statement or can provide a unique color palette from which to build an entire outfit. Have fun and experiment with bold accessories like this, you may just find some newfound inspiration and create new outfits you never would have considered otherwise.

Clutch Bags have the ability to make a statement just as much as any other accessory. This mother of pearl clutch can just be the “oomph” missing from your outfit. So buy them at Chicastic now!

Blue Mother Of Pearl Clutch Purse