Summer brings a whole new host of things to look forward to: longer days, warmer weather, and more opportunities to be outdoors. But perhaps most exciting of all, it also offers the chance to switch up your style. (And just when you were getting beyond bored with all those heavy sweaters and dark clothes, too.)
While you may be focused on reaching for lighter layers and breezier silhouettes, it’s a good idea to change up accessories, too. If you ask our editors, one of the best ways to do so is with cute summer clutches. These pieces have proven time and again to be so much better than a giant carry-all, tote, or satchel. After all, as the saying goes, “Happiness is a perfect handbag.”
Read on for the top trends in cute summer clutches and wristlets that welcome the new season.
1. Bright Colors
Is there anything more cheery than a clutch in a vivid hue? Even those who usually avoid wearing bright colors agree that a colorful clutch holds plenty of appeal—especially considering that a clutch’s small size makes it the perfect way to test the bright color trend without feeling over the top. And, this season, there’s a whole range of shades on offer, from electric blue to sunflower yellow. And of course, we can’t forget the pretty in pink options. This rosy hue shows no signs of decreasing in popularity, adding a femme touch to any look.
Winter’s reflective mood can continue for the warmer months thanks to high-shine metallics. This season’s clutches are an ideal way to add subtle shimmer to your look. Try a silver, gold, or copper clutch in place of your usual white, black, or beige bag, and don’t be afraid to mix and match with other neutral accessories. A gold envelope clutch with a pair of beige strappy sandals, for example, is about as elegant as it gets—especially when combined with a nice summer dress. Or, try a silver clutch with white heels for a modern look.
For those who prefer to err on the softer side of things, pastels are the way to go. From the palest of lavender to the faintest baby blue, this season’s pastels could almost pass for neutrals. Still, there’s nothing lackluster about this season’s clutches in pale shades: thanks to unexpected elements like chain-link trim or oversized buckles, they offer plenty of attitude, too.
4. Animal Prints
Some of the coolest summer clutches available strike the balance between wild and refined, thanks to animal-inspired textures like snakeskin or python. Look for clutches that feature sleek, straightforward shapes and high-shine, metal hardware like rose-gold zips. For a really on-point look, pair a snakeskin clutch in pale shades of gray with silver strappy sandals, or go for a polished look by choosing heels in a matching material.