Getting Summer chic from head to toe is as much about accessories as it is about seasonal dresses. From cocktail parties to Summer weddings, you're not fully dressed till you've found the right handbag for stashing all the necessities. Along those lines, we've paid extra attention to one of our favorite add-ons: the clutch. With picks in raffia, flashes of neon, and seasonally fresh prints, we've rounded up 25 of the coolest clutches to liven up your Summer look. Whether you're seeking a chicer option for your everyday or a totally unique style to play up your party outfits, they're all inside. Click on to see and shop our favorite Summer clutches just in time to kick off the season.
I love a good tablet or laptop clutch, and this Brahmin Tablet Clutch ($125) in "Mirror" is no exception. Coming with enough padding to keep your tablet safe by day, and enough pockets so you can utilize as an oversize clutch by night, it's a dual-purpose accessory that is as eye-catching as it is functional. Of course, if you don't appreciate the metallic look, you can grab this clutch in one of five other colors.
Get a better look at the clutch in the photo gallery!
The Spring runways forecast the clutch as this season's must-have bag. Now, we're getting a glimpse of the trend from runway to real life as Paris's fashion crowd makes their way from show to show with handheld clutches of every kind. No longer an evening-only look, these bags are turning up in streamlined envelope shapes, slouchier silhouettes, and every hue to lend a dose of chic to even your most dressed-down looks. Click on to see how PFW's street stylers are outfitting the trend, then shop the look for your own go-anywhere clutch.
Celebrities, fashion icons, and even Gossip Girls know the best way to add polish and pizzazz to any look is with a Lauren Merkin bag. Take the Eve, for example; this gorgeous clutch — available in 20 different fabrications and finishes — has been seen on everyone from Isla Fisher, to Heidi Klum, to Eva Longoria, and more.
With three distinct deals — $50 for $100, $75 for $150, or $150 for $300 — there's an option for every budget. And while you're shopping, don't forget the accessories. Lauren has you covered from wallets to iPad pouches to mirrors — each of which would make fabulous stocking stuffers.
You could toss your tablet, ereader, or netbook in a plain ol' sleeve, or you could kick things up a notch with the Camille Zarsky Portfolio Clutch ($425) that fits each with gusto. More of a luxurious investment than a pay-day indulgence, the striking red hue will take you from day to night, Winter to Spring, and back again, which is why it could be worth a buy. If you're the type to drool over Italian crocodile embossed leather, compartmentalized interior pockets, and eye-popping accessories, this is the tech clutch for you. Treat yo self, girl.
>> Miniature minaudières and itty-bitty box bags get festive this season with rhinestones, glitter, and a heavy dose of sheen. Though they may be small in stature — just big enough for the necessities — these jazzed-up minis pack quite a style punch. Try Dolce & Gabbana's baroque pearl-and-gemstone-studded style (left) for a bit of '90s glam, or go girlie with Kate Spade's candy-colored jeweled version; both of those — plus more — here, in the slideshow.
Clutches used to be more of an evening thing, but we love the idea of wearing them during the day as well. When we don't feel like lugging around our gigantic bags, we're leaning toward a more polished touch via foldover clutches. Thanks to oversized silhouettes and casual chic design, foldover clutches can easily hold all of your essentials and maybe even an extra lip gloss or two. Click the slideshow to see and shop our top 10 picks — like this amazingly luxe red Lanvin clutch — for the Fall season and why we love them in the slideshow.
>> Now that we have you in a Spring state of mind, check out our favorite bright bags and clutches of the season. There's a classic satchel made in a modern bright green hue from Cambridge Satchel Company, Jil Sander's covetable hot fuchsia market bag, an orange bucket bag from Tory Burch, and more shoppable eye candy you don't want to miss in the slideshow.
We love the red-carpet dresses, but we're total suckers for the accessories. The Oscars' red carpet is like a diamond-encrusted accessory heaven. From Gwyneth Paltrow's Louis Vuitton seahorse earrings to Hilary Swank's Anna Hu hair pins and Busy Philipps's Irene Neuwirth gems, we've got the best covered. Click on our slideshow to see the prettiest, most sparkly accessory moments on the red carpet, and then be sure to vote on all of our red carpet polls.