Sometimes a purse is simply too big for your outfit. Pinch hit with a clutch. They pack a punch. They're fashionable, chic and are perfect for the essentials: cosmetics, credit cards and keys.
The Big Buddha Kiara Clutch has a great price. It's also ideal for the animal-conscious fashionista (it's made of vegan leather). Shown in cognac, it is also available in red.
Find the "Kiara Clutch" by Big Buddha for $38 at K Staton, 1007 W 36th St., No. A in Hampden, 410-400-9113, kstaton.com.
Alexander McQueen's knuckle clutch lives on today in this far less expensive version. Available in crystal skulls or spikes, this clutch packs some trendy attitude. It adds a little punk to any demure ensemble.
Find the Alexander McQueen knuckle clutch for $50 at Cupcake, 813 S. Broadway St. in Fells Point, 410-522-0941, cupcake-shop.com.
Talk about a showstopper: This clutch by Sarah Cavender Metalworks is perfect for the avant-garde. The mesh metal design is trendy and also reflects the futuristic feel of fashion. If that wasn't enough of an endorsement, Cavender, a Philadelphia-based designer, has had her creations appear in Vogue, Mademoiselle, InStyle and Glamour. She's legit.
Find the Sarah Cavender Metalworks for $380 at Octavia II Cross Keys at 94 Village Square in the Village of Cross Keys, 410-323-3066.