Expert Style Guide: Master the Celebrity-Inspired Art of Carrying a Clutch

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Clutches, in all forms, including purses, envelopes, handbags, and minaudières, have been fashion staples for decades. These small bags now come in various styles and can be worn for formal evening and casual day outfits.

A Symphony of Style: The Art of Clutches - From Elegant Purses to Chic MinaudièresA Symphony of Style: The Art of Clutches – From Elegant Purses to Chic Minaudières

With our many choices, one may ask: what is the proper way to carry a clutch? Fret not! We are here to share some tips on how to carry clutch bags with style and ease. Here are some handy tips:

Model Alice Dellal (left) and actress Ali Carter (right) opt for strappy clutchesModel Alice Dellal (left) and actress Ali Carter (right) opt for strappy clutches (Credits: Daniel Deme / WENN / Judy Eddy / Lia Toby / FayesVision / Spiller)

1. Versatile Straps for Effortless Elegance

Many clutch purses have detachable leather or chain straps. If you don’t want to be too hands-on with your clutch, sling it on your shoulder; if it’s a wristlet, strap it on your wrist.

Some clutches also come with unique handles or holders, such as Alexander McQueen’s purses with finger or knuckle adornments, which are decorative and practical.

Actresses Emily Blunt (left) and Eva Mendes (right) look prim and proper as they display their clutchesActresses Emily Blunt (left) and Eva Mendes (right) look prim and proper as they display their clutches (Credits: Daniel Deme / WENN / Judy Eddy / Lia Toby / FayesVision / Spiller)

2. The Art of Holding Your Clutch With Confidence

Clutches are meant to be held, hence the name. The trick is to grasp it lightly but firmly in your hand. You can hold the clutch from the bottom or place your hand over the top and your arm by your side. Clutches can also be held with both hands in front of the body. It’s pretty dainty.

The video below features Micah Meyer explaining a clutch-carrying technique known as the “Cambridge Carry,” which is a favored pose of Kate Middleton. This method is ideal for both walking and standing situations.

You can carry oversized clutches in your hand to draw attention to your upper body or tuck them under your arm to shift the focus to your lower body.

Designer Stella McCartney (left) and model Kate Moss (right) style it right with bold colors and interesting patternsDesigner Stella McCartney (left) and model Kate Moss (right) style it right with bold colors and exciting patterns (Credits: Daniel Deme / WENN / Judy Eddy / Lia Toby / FayesVision / Spiller)

3. Curating Contrast: How to Pair Your Clutch Perfectly

Avoid overmatching your clutch with your entire outfit. Choose a sleeker or streamlined clutch if you’re wearing shoes or a dress with a bold pattern or intricate design. A clutch is a great accessory that should complement your outfit, be it a blouse, gown, or dress.

With these essential tips, you can carry your clutch with confidence and style!

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