Once upon a time, the clutch was an occasional item. A non-essential, used from time to time for parties, wedding and special occasions. These days? Dinners, drinks with the girls, date nights – a clutch actually gets quite a lot of use. And for those clever clogs who manage to be uber-organised and streamline their essentials, the clutch even works for everyday use taking you from desk to dancefloor with ease. So investing in a beautiful designer clutch actually makes complete financial sense. But which one to choose?


If you find cutting handbag essentials down more challenging than the Sunday Times cryptic crossword, it’s got to be an oversized clutch. In a soft, goes-with-everything beige tone, Stella McCartney’s iconic Lucia clutch is perfect for everything from summer weddings to important lunch meetings. Or choose a multi-tasker such as Opening Ceremony’s Paloma clutch which doubles up to fit a tablet as well as all your other bits and bobs.

Oversized clutch bags

After something a little more glitzy? Metallics, glitter and embellishment are your best friends. Choose something timeless such as Anya Hindmarch’s elegant Valorie clutch – with a simple shape and pretty glittery finish, it’s a classically stylish eveningwear staple to invest in. And thanks to our slight obsession with all things rose gold, we’re also rather partial to Stella McCartney’s Chamois clutch…

evening clutches

If you’re into individual, unique and different, add a print for eye-catching detail. We love Christopher Kane’s beautiful floral digital prints which look modern and fashion-forward yet subtly feminine. And who isn’t lusting after Olympia Le Tan’s cult clutches, inspired by favourite novels and seen on some of our favourite fashion editors and street style bloggers.

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Monnier Freres is running a Secret Sales promotion from April 29th until May 6th, with a seriously tempting discount of 55% on over 1,000 items on a secret landing page. You can see all of the bags here, and simply enter the code RUNNING55 to get your discount! There’s something for all budgets and styles, from 3.1 Phillip Lim totes and Chloé satchels to Jérome Dreyfuss shoppers and Marni clutches. 

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