CLUTCH PURSE: A WOMAN’S HANDY SECRET
A clutch purse is a woman’s accessory designed to hold a few necessities like a driver’s license, a cell phone, credit card, make up and personal items that can contain the size of her clutch purse. The items are innumerable. Clutch purses are designed to be carried by hand; some have a detachable chain or leather strap so they can also be worn hanging from the shoulder.
There are many styles of clutches, and some form of small purse has been used since the Babylonian era, though specific styles have gone in and out of fashion since then. In modern times, they are most often used as evening bags, and we often see them in ceremonies being carried by women of class. Some women prefer to carry small clutch purses to events for a classy look, as big bags are not usually appropriate for events. Clutches come in huge variety of shapes, makes and styles, all of which can vary between brands and seasons. They come as little square boxes, in triangles or heart shapes, covered with satin, beads or brocade.
They are fastened with tassels, loops and other fanciful decorations to give a stunning look. Since they are so small and come in such wide range of styles, clutch purses are often used to personalize an outfit. A woman wearing a conservatively coloured dress might choose a brightly coloured purse to add some colour to her outfit for daily life and for evening events.
Since they are often relatively cheap, some women choose to buy many clutch purses in different styles so that they will have a purse to match with different outfits. The smaller clutch requires less material for manufacture and fit in well with a wartime mindset. It remains popular today as an evening bag, though some women do use them for daily use, particularly if they do not need to carry a lot of accessories around or if they are just running errands.