Which purse should it be? That question visits most of us who can’t make up our minds on whether to carry an embroidered potli, a minaudière, a sleek clutch, a boxy bag or an artistic statement in our hands for a party. Here, we present three categories of formal clutches for this season with how-to-wear tips.

The statement clutch

Up your style game with a quirky bag that doesn’t just help you stand out, but also says who you are. With blue denim or a sequinned jumpsuit, these are the hero pieces that will take any look to the next level

Isharya: A rectangular lucite acrylic clutch with semi-precious stone clasps, can be customized to convey any message, Rs19,080 onwards, at Isharya.com.

Louis Vuitton: The black Petite Malle with sticker detail adorned with creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s playful take on classic hotel stickers, around Rs3.8 lakh ($5,550), at Louis Vuitton boutiques in Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi.

The embellished clutch

The perfect evening bag in all its sparkling glory, nothing spells glam better than a minaudière in your hand. In a cocktail gown or a traditional sari, for office parties or weddings, the embellished clutch is black-tie certified.

Accessorize: Hard-case clutch bag decorated with jewelled butterflies, stars and flowers, and appliqués, Rs6,145, at all Accessorize stores in the country.

Pratinava: A faux emerald embellished clutch, Rs9,800, at D-8, Defence Colony, New Delhi.

The oversize clutch

Who says a clutch is only good to hold your lip gloss and credit card? The new season’s carry-all clutch is also the perfect day-to-evening purse. Big enough to fit your essentials for work, the multipurpose bag turns into a sleek evening-wear accessory.

Love Moschino: A maroon quilted envelope clutch with metallic detailing, Rs11,999, at Myntra.com.

Cord: Oversized clutch handmade in thick cotton canvas, fastened with a magnetic closure, Rs3,200, at Nete.in.

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