Style Tip: How to Carry a Clutch Like a Celebrity

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Clutches in all forms, from purses, envelopes, handbags and minaudières, have been fashion staples for decades. These small bags now come in a variety of styles and can be worn not only for formal evening wear but even for casual day outfits.

Singer Louise Redknapp (left) and actress Hayden Panettiere (right) carry their clutches with styleSinger Louise Redknapp (left) and actress Hayden Panettiere (right) carry their clutches with style

With the many choices we have, 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

1. Strap it on

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

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

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

2. Get a grip

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 quite dainty, actually.

For oversized clutches, you can carry them in your hand to draw attention to your upper body or tuck it under your arm if you want to shift the focus on 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 interesting patterns

3. Don’t play match-up

Avoid overmatching your clutch with your entire outfit. If you’re wearing a pair of shoes or dress that has a bold pattern or intricate design, choose a clutch that’s more sleek or streamlined. A clutch is a great accessory, so it should also complement your outfit, be it a blouse, gown or dress.

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

Credits: Daniel Deme / WENN / Judy Eddy / Lia Toby / FayesVision / Spiller

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