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!

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Cotton Printed Evening Casual Envelope Clutch Purse

The summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with your accessories! Introducing the cotton printed evening casual envelope clutch purse, exclusively from Chicastic. Made from 100% cotton, this chic clutch is sure to turn heads with its innovative style and unique design. Plus, with a wide variety of fun patterns and colors to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect clutch purse for you.

Screen shot 2016-08-24 at 10.20.15 AMThe cotton printed envelope clutch measures 10 inches by 5 inches by 1 inch and includes a convenient chain strap measuring 22 inches in length. Sport your newest evening accessory as a shoulder bag or tote around like a clutch. You decide!

With patterns ranging from camo and floral to tribal and abstract, mix and match with your outfit to create the ultimate fashion statement. Buy a few different patterns today and mix up your wardrobe in a whole new way!

Check out all of the envelope clutch purses that Chicastic has to offer here!

Straw and Leather Envelope Clutch

Straw Envelope Clutches

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The Age of Fashion

Brooch featured on Age of FashionmainThe always stunning Blake Lively’s newest film “The Age of Adeline” not only shows off her acting abilities, but beautifully showcases fashion trends over several decades. Adeline Bowman, played by Lively, is 29 years old when she is involved in a freak accident in 1937 and from that moment on, does not age a day.

Although her fashion choices evolve with the changing decades, her style remains simple and classic. To get some of these great Adeline inspired looks, we recommend the vintage style chiffon maxi cocktail dress. Keep the look soft with the dress in coral or yellow, a big Spring/Summer 2015, trend or go with the animal print to give it a more modern twist. Pair with some T-strap peep toe platforms and classic envelope clutch and you’re in business. Finish off the look with a sterling silver cocktail ring for some vintage looking charm.

For a more casual look, the high low layered top paired with a pair of slacks or very dark denim is perfect. In addition to being a flattering cut on almost anyone, the buttons on the shoulder gives it the Adeline flair. The shrug style cardigan is great if you need to layer. Finally, a rhinestone studded broach not only gives you that classic look but also ties the whole outfit together nicely.

Chicastic can help you look great no matter what decade you’re dressing for!

Throwback Thursday- The Simpsons

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Glitter Mesh Envelope Clutch

Envelope Clutch Purse

As holiday gatherings approach, you may think you need to buy a whole new outfit. We suggest adding one or two new fun accessories instead. A great option is a glitter mesh envelope clutch. It will give your current wardrobe … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday- The Craft

The Craft

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Chicastic is continuously adding new products to its inventory, so we thought it would be fun to spell out all we have to offer. C lutches- We have so many clutches to choose from! Check out our knuckle dusters, envelopes, … Continue reading