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Top 12 Elegant Clutch Bags for Special Events in 2024: Perfect for Weddings and Race Days

By MrSmith Mar14,2024
Top 12 Elegant Clutch Bags for Special Events in 2024: Perfect for Weddings and Race Days

When it comes to special occasions, having the perfect clutch bag is essential to complete your look. Whether you’re attending a wedding, a day at the races, or a fancy gala, having the right clutch can elevate your outfit and make you stand out from the crowd. In 2024, we’ve rounded up the 12 best clutch bags that are sure to make a statement at any special event.

1. Jimmy Choo Celeste Clutch – This sleek and sparkly clutch is perfect for a glamorous evening out.

2. Bottega Veneta The Pouch – This iconic clutch is a classic choice for any special occasion.

3. Alexander McQueen Knuckle Box Clutch – This edgy clutch features a unique knuckle duster handle that adds a touch of attitude to your outfit.

4. Valentino Rockstud Spike Clutch – This studded clutch is perfect for adding a touch of rock and roll to your look.

5. Judith Leiber Couture Slim Slide Clutch – This elegant clutch is perfect for a sophisticated event like a wedding or gala.

6. Gucci Broadway Velvet Clutch – This luxurious velvet clutch is perfect for adding a touch of opulence to your outfit.

7. Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch – This versatile clutch is perfect for a day at the races or a night out on the town.

8. Saint Laurent Monogram Clutch – This iconic clutch is a timeless choice that will never go out of style.

9. Edie Parker Wolf Pack Clutch – This whimsical clutch is perfect for adding a touch of fun to your outfit.

10. Marc Jacobs Snapshot Brocade Clutch – This embellished clutch is perfect for a formal event where you want to make a statement.

11. Kate Spade New York Crystal Bow Clutch – This sparkling clutch is perfect for a glamorous evening out.

12. Miu Miu Crystal-Embellished Satin Clutch – This elegant clutch is perfect for a black-tie event where you want to make a sophisticated statement.

No matter what special occasion you’re attending in 2024, one of these 12 clutch bags is sure to be the perfect accessory to complement your outfit and make you feel confident and stylish.

Do you have a couple of weddings in the diary? Or a hen party? How about a big birthday bash? Or maybe you even have a day at the races planned. I have all of the above and we all know that as well as finding the perfect outfit, you need the right clutch bag.

I’ve failed with clutch bag buying in the past – some have been too small (it didn’t even fit my phone!), and some were too heavy (I mean, who wants to carry around a dumbbell?). But you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve learned from my past mistakes which is why I want to find the best clutch bag for all the parties you have coming up. 

Celebrities carrying clutch bags: Kerry Washington, Molly-Mae Hague, Princess Kate, Meghan Markle© Getty Images
Celebrities carrying clutch bags: Kerry Washington, Molly-Mae Hague, Princess Kate, Meghan Markle

And clutch bags aren’t just for weddings and christenings or Ascot! I love a holiday clutch – you know, the one that you use on vacay when all you need to carry with you is your hotel room key card and a lipstick? The dream.

How I chose the best clutch bags 

  • Style: I kept to the trend-led clutch bags. From designer inspired at Marks & Spencer to the blingy clutch bags worthy of a red carpet. 
  • Budget-friendly: I have tried to include some budget-friendly bags because buying an outfit for a special occasion can be costly, and a bag shouldn’t have to cost the earth. 
  • Multi-use: I don’t want you to buy a clutch bag and wear it with one outfit, I’m hoping this edit will have clutch bags you can see yourself wearing multiple times.

Experts in this article 

  • Ellis Ranson, celebrity and fashion stylist, with over a decade’s worth of experience. With over 105k followers, all eager to find out her fashion top tips, Ellis will share with us her guide to choosing a chic clutch. 

Best clutch bags for evening events

  1. asos silver clutch bag

    ASOS Silver Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 18cm

    Width: 25cm

    Outer material: 100% polyester

    Why we love it: This seriously chic clutch bag would be ideal for a wedding look (especially if you’re on the hunt for an evening clutch bag) or for a vacation. Wear with any colour you want, but you might want to keep with the metallic silver vibe with your jewellery choices.

  2. Mango black crystal clutch bag

    Mango Dark Silver Crystal Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 5.51in

    Width: 12.6in

    Depth: 3.15in

    Outer material: 100% glass. 

    Lining: 100% polyester

    Why we love it: Everyone needs a glam evening bag in their diary. It can seriously amp up any outfit, and this one is ideal because it’ll be worn all the time come the festive party season. This one is roomy enough for the bare essentials and appears easy to hold.

  3. Wifey clutch bag

    Wifey Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Outer material: Faux-pearl detail

    Detachable strap available 

    Why we love it: Calling all wives to be, how adorable is this embellished clutch bag for your big day? It comes with a removable strap so you can wear it both ways. Don’t forget to pack your tissues during all the speeches. 

  4. Fiorelli Clutch Bag

    Fiorelli Pink Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 17cm

    Width: 29cm

    Depth: 5.5cm

    Material: Faux leather

    Lining: Fully lined with Fiorelli branded lining 

    Detachable strap

    Why we love it: When sparkles or embellishment aren’t for you, this minimalist clutch bag will be your saviour. It comes with a detachable strap, and a handy internal pocket to hide your valuables in. Plus, it is actually big enough to hold your phone, lipstick and keys.

  5. M&S gold clutch bag

    M&S Gold Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 17 cm

    Width: 25 cm

    Depth: 7.5 cm

    Outer material: 70% polyester, 20% cotton and 10% metallised fibres

    Lining: 100% polyurethane

    Detachable strap available.

    Why we love it: Faux There is a designer vibe to this chic faux leather clutch bag from M&S. Also available in black, inside you’ll find a brings a handy slip pocket and a zipped pocket.

  6. Phase Eight clutch bag

    Phase Eight Pink Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 18cm

    Width: 22cm

    Depth: 3cm

    Material: 100% Kid Suede

    Lining: 100% Polyester

    Why we love it: Look pretty in pink! How beautiful is this embellished clutch bag – perfect for special occasions. Crafted from suede, the stylish envelope clutch bag is designed in a pale pink and features an eye-catching crystal detail on the front.

  7. LK Bennett green clutch bag

    LK Bennett Green Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 15cm

    Width: 26cm

    Depth: 1.5cm

    Material: Polyester

    Detachable strap available.

    Why we love it: An elevated take on a woven clutch, our new Essie bag is perfect for all the summer soirees in your diary. Crafted from chunky woven fabric in green, it’s a classic envelope style that fastens with a chic gold clasp, has a fabric lining, and a removable gold chain shoulder strap. Carry her, or swing her over your shoulder when the invites start dropping.

  8. accessorize scallop shape clutch bag

    Accessorize Vintage Style Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 16cm

    Width: 22cm

    Material: Polyester

    Why we love it: This is giving Titanic with its vintage charm, thanks to the clip-frame profile and the unique scallop design. It’s covered with intricate hand-beading, adding a touch of elegance to your bridal ensemble. And for added convenience? The optional chain strap can be used for easy carrying or tucked in for a clutch option.

  9. Reiss pearl clutch bag

    Reiss Pearl Pouch Clutch Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 19cm

    Width: 30cm

    Depth: 10cm

    Material: Paper construction with faux pearls

    Dust bag included

    Why we love it: This pouch style clutch bag would be dreamy for a beach holiday and probably would go with every single outfit. The faux pearl design makes it look stylish, and the roomy clutch means you can travel with all your essentials. 

  10. Anthropologie clutch bag

    Anthropologie Tan Clutch Pouch

    Key Details:

    Height: 17cm

    Width: 27cm

    Depth: 13cm

    Material: 100% Polyurethane

    Why we love it: Using a vegan-friendly faux leather fabrication, thiis intricately woven statement pouch is a timeless accessory that could be worn day or night. 

  11. Zara Minaudiere

    Zara Seashell Bag

    Key Details:

    Height: 20cm

    Width: 14cm

    Depth: 6cm

    Material: 100% polymethyl methacrylate

    Lining: 100% Polyester

    Scroll down to find out why celebrity stylist Elis Ranson thinks this is the bag of the summer. 

Which clutch bag to choose – tips from fashion stylist Ellis Ranson 

We asked Ellis to give us her top tips… 

Influencer & fashion stylist Ellis Ranson
Influencer & fashion stylist Ellis Ranson

Let your clutch do the talking 

“If you like the look of a new trend but not quite ready to dive fully in, you can dip your toes with your accessories and the perfect place to start is with your clutch bag. Whether it’s a bright red, the maximal floral buzz or full-on diamante embellishment, it’s the perfect way to test out new styles whilst still wearing your fail-safe wardrobe staples AND elevating your look.”

Digital creator Nina Sandbech opted for a neon pink Valentino clutch© Getty Images
Digital creator Nina Sandbech opted for a neon pink Valentino clutch

Go big or go home

“Lucky for us, the overstuffed bag trend has arrived and this works out perfectly with all of our beauty products, our change of shoes and our phones & laptops which seem to be growing in size by the minute. Our organised chaos finally fits! Opt for a super-size size clutch for this trend to really work its magic. According to the runway, all your items must be dangling out – but let’s be realistic with this trend and stick to the bag just being oversized and zipped up for safety, as we don’t want to be losing our favourite heels and lip-gloss on the tube! This trend is great as it means the clutch bag to be a hero in daytime dressing, not just for your evening looks.”

Miu Miu model© Spotlight
The Miu Miu models had some extra cargo on the catwalk

Have fun with novelty

“With summer quickly approaching (although the weather states otherwise!) the rise of the seashell clutch has returned with full force. This style is perfect for holiday dressing, although they might not fit much, they will transform your look. Think about matching ocean-inspired accessories to complete your outfit. The Little Mermaid effect is still making waves (excuse the pun) in the fashion world and this a trend to start looking out for in more than just our accessories.”

Fashion influencer Leonie Hanne is making us green with envy in the Maldives with her Chanel seashell clutch bag© Leonie Hanne
Fashion influencer Leonie Hanne is making us green with envy in the Maldives with her Chanel seashell clutch bag

Make the most of what you have

“Many of your favourite handbags may already be a clutch in disguise, with many bags having removable straps, and even if they don’t, it’s just all about how you hold it – let your chains hang loose for a relaxed look yet chic look.”

Wear your favourite bag - but just hold it as a clutch bag© Spotlight
Wear your favourite bag – but just hold it as a clutch bag

Go retro

“The envelope clutch bag is a major throwback for me as it takes me back to my first nights out, teaming a simple clutch with every single look. YSL have always championed this classic shape, keeping it as one of their staple bag offerings and I am excited to see the return on the high street as it really is the staple that never goes out of fashion Keep it tonal and match the colour of your bag to your outfit so it doesn’t distract or take away from your look. Less is more sometimes!”

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