Clutches may be the most fun type of handbag: they're almost exclusively used for nights out, so picking one out always brings a little excitement about what's ahead. And fittingly for a purse that's all about a big event, clutches often come in bold shades, metallic finishes and with glamorous touches like gem clasps and sequin studding. Because a clutch doesn't need to be a practical everyday handbag, it's fun to experiment with different sizes, colors and textures; an embroidered raffia clutch complements a white dress for a summer cocktail party, while a petite hard-sided minaudiere is perfect for a winter cocktail gala. Oversized leather clutches are effortlessly cool, while a satin chain-strap clutch is ready for a sweet dinner dance. They don't take up much closet space, so stock up on this essential and feel the excitement anew whenever it's clutch time.