The popular clutch bag is a fashion statement that can be found all around the world. Whilst Courtauld Gallery in London is currently believed to be home to the oldest clutch bag, believed to be 700 years old, the clutch bag actually originated from Northern Iraq where they were seen as a symbol of wealth.
While the clutch bag has become an accessible accessory for many in the modern age, the actual purpose of the bag remains the same. The bags were designed to hold just a few valuable items, and were created at a time where fashion meant that women's dresses no longer had pockets.
Nowadays, the clutch bag is a popular choice of functional accessory for weddings, birthdays, christenings and other events, or even as part of an outfit for spring / summer. Although having a clutch bag may be a practical decision to make as it provides somewhere to keep personal possessions such as keys, a mobile phone or even a lipstick, the bag itself can be an icon of fashion.
When choosing the right bag for an event, many people struggle to decide which bag will best compliment their outfit. Many choose a bag that matches in colour and design to their dress or shoes, but having a bolder bag such as a strong print or colour can create a strong statement piece.
While selecting the perfect bag can be overwhelming, we’ve put together some do’s and don’ts for choosing the materials, colours, textures, prints and style for your bag to create an outfit which compliments your style.