Totally Clutch: 3 Pint-Size Purses in Detail

This holiday season, the key to a luxe look can be found in the palm of your hand. That’s right – it’s your clutch. But with so many of these petite purses on the party circuit, you’ll want to size them up before snagging one for yourself.

How to Choose a Clutch

Box Clutch
This small, often geometric-shaped clutch comes with an encased shell and plunger snap that sits atop the metal frame. While a shoulder strap is provided, it can easily be removed completely or tucked away inside.

Minaudière
The minaudière is the caviar of box clutches. Always elaborate (think bezel-set embellishments on metallic leather), this special-occasion purse isn’t limited to the four corners of its counterpart. Instead, minaudière clutches often take the shape of whimsical animals, a design made famous by Judith Leiber.

Envelope Clutch
It’s easy to see where the inspiration for this minimalist design came from. Often done in leather, the exterior of this bag takes the shape of stationery. And with a foldover flap closure, you can store evening essentials in a snap. Looking to go hands-free? Simply slide this paper-thin style right under your arm.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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December 3, 2013