It used to be that the clutch was a style of handbag that was only brought out for special occassions where you would wear an evening gown. That is definitely not the case any more. There are clutch styles that are appropriate for an evening out as well as everyday use. The reason that these clutch bags can be used in every occasion is that they come in many different shapes and materials. In addition to the different materials, shapes, and thicknesses the concept of the embellished clutch bag also lends this style of handbag to different situations.
Some examples of clutch embellishments include gems, crocheted flowers, floral applique, embroidery, feathers, fringe, or patches. Some of these embellishments make the bags look more elegant and formal while others make them look more casual and versatile. Formal embellished handbags usually involve gems or some kind of bling. The embellishments can be on the side of the clutch or as part of the clasp like in the clutch below.
Floral prints are also very popular embellishments and can be used to dress up a clutch or dress one down for everyday use. The way to dress down a clutch would be to use crocheted flowers or large flower ornaments. These embellishments are fun and playful so they make the clutch appropriate for daytime use. The way you dress up a clutch with flowers is to cover the clutch with encrusted jewel floral prints. You can see some examples of jeweled flowers that are dressy below.
Another popular clutch embellishment is embroidery. Embroidered handbags can also be dressy or casual. The two top bags pictured below are examples of more formal embroidered clutches. These bags are more formal because of the picture that is embroidered as well as the quality of the embroidery. The two bottom bags pictured below are examples of more casual day to day clutches. These embroidered handbags are more casual because of the picture that is embroidered as well as the fold over style on the example on the right.
One trend in embellished clutch bags that is appearing in Spring 2017 lines is attachments or adornments. These are clutches that have something hanging off of them like balls of fur, tassels in the shape of dolls, large flowers, etc. These adornments have no functional purpose and are purely for decoration. You can see some examples of these adorned clutch bags below.
No matter what kind of situation you want a clutch for, there is an embellishment that will make it work for you.