If you are a newbie to the purse game and are wondering how to wear a clutch, you have come to the right place.
We break down all the stylish ways to style and carry one while casually strolling the streets or attending a black-tie event!
What to Wear With a Clutch to Look Fashionable?
You need to consider the occasion you are dressing for and whether your statement purse is to be the star of your outfit.
If yes, opt for a solid cocktail dress in a luxurious fabric to highlight the bag and your accessories. Similarly, a pantsuit would work the look effortlessly in a color that contrasts nicely with the bag.
For a more casual or semi-formal appearance, go for a neutral clutch in a larger size. It will blend effortlessly with your clothes and is perfect for holding all your belongings in one place.
Style your clutch with a sequined maxi skirt for a flashy look, or simply opt for a bejewelled bag. You can spice things up with rhinestones, pearls, and sequins. They are super trendy and can be a fun DIY instead of breaking the bank.
Tips on Carrying a Clutch the Right Way:
There are so many methods to carry one effortlessly! But do not forget to take the shape and size of the purse into consideration.
- Hold it in front of you with both hands, much like our beloved Princess, Kate! This is the most formal and proper manner to ooze elegance and class. Usually, longer, rectangle-shaped purses look best in this hold.
- If you have an oversized clutch, it looks best held below your arm and support it with your hands in the manner shown below:
- Smaller ones look best held in a hand from one end, rather than the middle of the top or bottom. This allows for easier grip and you can move your hands and arms around freely.
- Do not compromise on your accessories, especially on your hands and arms. The best way to make your clutch stand out is to be fully equipped!
- Mix and match various outfits around one bag. Make it the statement piece of your outfit and plan around it with different shoes, accessories, and clothes.
- Many clutches come with a complimentary detachable chain. So if you are not comfortable carrying a purse in your hands all day long, simply pin the chain to it and wear it on your shoulder!
Now that we know all the different ways to carry a clutch, it is time to explore all the different ways to style a clutch for every occasion. Keep scrolling to get inspired!
Formal Looks Featuring a Clutch
20 – Opt for Classy Pearl Accessories to Pair With a Bold Dress
When clothes are the statement piece of your outfit and striking like the dress below, it is best to opt for accessories that smooth things over rather than adding to the chunkiness of the fit.
In this case, the pearl clutch breaks the extravagant uniformity of this dress. Instead, it balances the look and compliments it well.
19 – Pair a Different Color Clutch With a Solid Outfit to Introduce Contrast
The pairing of red and black is as iconic as ever and never goes out of style. Swap those shoes for a pair of black court stilettos to exude ultimate boss lady vibes!
18 – Glam Things Up in Pearls and Feathers
Keep up with the theme of solid-colored ensembles because it looks fabulous! The clean silhouette of the jumpsuit makes the feather details on the neckline and pearl details of the clutch stand out.
Smear on deep red lipstick to make the white outfit pop even more!
17 – Pair Your Clutch to the Color of Your Accessories
When in doubt, plan your accessories and purse in one color to avoid any unwanted experiments and form a cohesive, well-put-together look. You can do this with clothes in any color, solid or colorful. Simply ensure your accessories and bag are united!
16 – Swap the Nude Lip Color to a Deep Red to Match the Bag
While this look is statement-worthy on its own, you should swap the nude for a red shape similar to the purse. This will add more character and appear as if you spent so much time getting your desired look.
15 – Add Dimension and Depth to Your Ensemble With a Printed Bag
There is something about this outfit that makes it street-style, yet classy enough to wear to a Sunday brunch. The graphic shirt and ripped jeans pair wonderfully with the leopard bag.
And the camel coat adds to the cohesiveness of this look and makes it perfectly semi-appropriate.
14 – Style Your Shoes and Clutch in the Same Color to Compliment the Clothes Effortlessly
13 – Carry Your Envelope Purse in Style With a Built-In Strap
12 – Match the Fabrics of Your Top and Bag for Extra Detailing in Your Ensemble
If you are anything like me and believe the little details make or break your outfit, this look is all for you! The effortless pairing of the color of the shirt and bag is admirable.
Throw in similar texture/ fabric for the two and you have a fantastic look on your hands! You are going to exude class and sophistication effortlessly!
11 – Add a Texture to a Solid Outfit in Neutral Tones With a Printed Purse
The different tones of cream, beige, and white look fantastic in this ensemble. The clutch performs its function ideally and not only holds your material but adds texture and depth to the look as well.
The subtle print in ivory matches the outfit flawlessly!
10 – Opt for a Clutch With Small Handles
If you are not a fan of having to hold a purse from its body all day long, opt for one with similar small handles or a built-in strap. Now, you can wear it on your shoulder from one side or as a crossbody bag.
Casual Ways to Wear a Clutch
09 – Pair a Purse with Straw Weave Details with a Trendy Fit to Create Something Unique
This outfit is the one for you if you are planning on visiting the farmer’s market, especially because of the clutch! It might not be very useful carrying your purchases from the market, but it sure is a fabulous fashion statement!
08 – Flaunt a Clutch Containing All the Separate Colors of Your Outfit
07 – When in Doubt, Go for Shoes and a Bag That Compliment Each Other
06 – Add Color and Character to Your Fit With a Bright Bag
Take Inspiration From These Celebrities!
05 – Bella Hadid Teaches Us the Art of Carrying a Duffle Clutch Bag Flawlessly
04 – You Can Not Go Wrong Decked Out in Black From Top to Bottom
03 – Enter the Effortless World of Black and White With Bella
02 – Keep Things Stylish and Chic in a Classy Clutch and Somewhat Bold Outfit
01 – Gigi Hadid Teaches us How to Make Your Outfit Stand Out With a Tiny Addition
It is imperative to pay attention to all the individual aspects of your outfit when deciding on your bags and accessories because they have the power to make or break a look.
In this instance, Gigi’s bag features all the individual colors of her outfit and the red details match her tinted lips effortlessly!