Women’s Clutch Purses

A clutch purse is a small flat bag usually without a strap that you hold with your fingers or under your arm. They don’t have to be formal evening bags as they are sometimes referred to, and are a smaller sized purse with or without a handle, strap or wristlet. Dressed up or casual they can be used with any type of outfit. A variety of fabric is available along with colors and styles including plain or embellished with decorations. Below is a purple beaded vintage clutch with a snap closure and small handle. Along with using it for formal wear, it would look great with a casual outfit giving it some decor.

Vintage Floral Purple evening bag

Clutches are great for carrying what you need for that day or evening when you don’t want every single thing used in a larger bag. There are some who prefer to only use this size and it’s all they need, especially if a briefcase is part of your daily attire and other necessities are placed into it. The pink leather clutch has a circle handle that folds down. It comes with a long strap and has a flap closure.

Pink leather clutch with circle handle

Women’s clutch purses can resemble wallets with zipper or snap closures, a flap over strap, a small wristlet or hoop. They can be flat, long, short, wide and would benefit any bag collection addition. Rummaging through your bag isn’t needed when it’s at hand and within reach. There are versions that have a removable long strap converting the clutch into a crossbody hands-free bag as well. Whatever you are comfortable and happy with is all that matters. The gold embossed clutch is leather and has a gold chain strap that can be left inside or out and has pearl accents.

Quilted Gold leather lambskin clutch with pearl decor

Main items that can fit in a clutch are cell phones, keys, lipstick, cash can go into a zippered pocket or small coin purse fitting in the clutch and a couple of tissues. You can go from day to evening after work or anywhere, being the perfect size. They aren’t always readily available depending on the store, location for popularity and of course they can be purchased online. This black embossed leather clutch is similar to the gold one, but is more casual with a different pattern. The chain strap adds some bling dressing it up and without the strap it dresses it down. Below is the clutch laying down showing the chain strap.

Black lambskin leather embossed clutch with chain strap

Whether plain or embellished, both styles will work for what you choose to wear. An embellished clutch would look great with a pair of jeans over having a plain bag. When you are going out for a formal evening a plain look may be better if you have something fancy on. You don’t want to over-do the decor with your outfit and accessories it may be too much.

Black lambskin leather clutch with chain strap laying down

I have an interesting article Fabric Selections For Women’s Bags with a great selection of fabrics and styles.

Click on Women’s Purses and Handbags for information about them, to read and shop for men’s click on Men’s Bags and Accessories. The option to shop for both are to the right on my sidebar where I have several merchants listed.

Unless otherwise stated, the bags for this article I chose from various merchants for the specific style I needed to write this article.


  1. Jyoti


    I’m a big fan of small clutch purses. Loved all of them. Thank you for the information and a great selection of these small beauties.

    1. Patsy


      Hi Jyoti, you are welcome.

      I’ve been using clutches since I was in my teens, they sure have their purpose. They are for everyday and not just for formal times, like they used to be so long ago. They won’t go out of style, always here to stay.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Marge Cramer


    Hey Patsy, love the article. Who wouldn’t want one of those adorable clutches going to check them out.

    1. Patsy


      Hi Marge,

      It wasn’t easy choosing which ones to have in my article, there were so many. There are plenty available on my merchant website banners, lots to look at. Enjoy shopping, hope you find one you like and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Penelope


    I love clutches and would love to have the courage to use one. I always end up using really giant handbags, giant sacs really, because I always lose stuff if I have pockets or compartments… but these look so feminine and darling, especially the first two – the 1920s style beaded clutch and the more vintage-like pink one. thanks for the great suggestions!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Penelope, you are welcome.

      We tend to get attached to the ones we are used to no matter what size. Trying something different for a change is nice especially with all the choices we have! I’m glad you like the styles here.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  4. Erin Sands


    I love the pink one. I have shoulder pain, so actually use a clutch purse for everyday, so I am always looking for new cute ones to match my outfits! This is a great source!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Erin,

      I agree with having to use a smaller bag like a clutch when you have shoulder pain. I pulled my rotator cuff muscle and had continuous pain for over a month so I have plenty of them.

      Thanks, it is a great source for sure and the ones in this article are only a handful of the many available. Hope to see you again soon thanks for sharing with your comment.

  5. Irma


    Great post!
    I love that vintage beaded clutch, and I search out those types of bags whenever I can because they are so adorable, and I already have a few!
    I have to force myself to use bags like this because I am naturally inclined to carry every item that I might possibly need and they are great for practicing minimalism.
    Is it possible to find clutch bags that are not too fussy looking? Who might offer something like that online?

    1. Patsy


      Hi Irma thank you, I’m happy you liked my post.

      I know what it’s like to throw everything in your bag when it’s larger. I have a few of each including the clutch size which is so much more practical.

      I have a great merchant BAGINC and if you click on the ‘Women’s Purses and Handbags’ link at the end of the post it will take you to the BAGINC banner where you will find plenty of plain clutches that also come with longer straps you can attach. Just click on the one you like and more colors and information for it will come up. There is also the option to click on the banner to the right on my sidebar. eBags is also on my sidebar and they have great selections as well. Both merchants have great prices to suit everyone’s budget!

      Thanks for stopping by to share and leaving a comment!

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