Clutch bags are known for their small size and big style. They are usually reserved for evening and special occasions; sometimes they are carried inside a larger purse to hold essentials like lipsticks and cell phones. Clutches have been considered impractical for daytime use because of their size. However, just because they are not as big as the usual all purpose utility handbag or tote does not mean they cannot be functional as well as stylish. If you streamline your purse contents into the necessities, you may find that a clutch can function well during the day.
The reasons for carrying a smaller purse are different for every woman. Some ladies prefer the modern and youthful edge they add to an outfit. Their minimalist structure removes all the fuss you usually get from a larger bag. Clutches are lightweight, which gives your neck and shoulders a break. On a more practical level, they keep you organized by forcing you to carry fewer items.
When using a clutch purse in the daytime, you must consider paring down the contents of your regular handbag. Women like to be prepared, so it is not surprising that they often carry larger purses. Here is a list of things that may be necessary for your daily operations.
- Cell phone
- Mini wallet, ID holder, or coin purse
- Small mirror
- Phone or tablet charger (if you will be out all day)
Depending on your needs, you may be able to use a small to medium sized purse. Oversized clutches have become very popular over the last few seasons. Luckily, most come with detachable or optional straps that can tuck inside, making them easy to keep track of in a crowded situation.
If you do plan on utilizing this trend, make sure that your ensemble is well thought out. The trick is to make it look effortless. For instance, do not carry a purse covered in crystals if you are wearing denim shorts and a t-shirt. Instead, carry a casual envelope. If you must have some sparkle, there are a multitude of shimmering fabrics that these bags are made from. Or you can choose one in a quilted pattern with a kiss lock closure. Some are even made in a basket weave pattern, perfect for warmer weather styles! If you are more adventurous, an animal print such as snakeskin, ostrich or leopard may work for you!
Remember, fashion is all about learning the rules, then breaking them. As long as you are confident in your outfit, you will look great.