Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!
Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch, $1.395 || Forward by Elyse Walker
Celebrities Love Valentino
Celebs such as Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Jessica Biel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Clémence Poésy have been spotted carrying a Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch.
Express Studded Border Clutch
Update (09/18/2016): Found another great Valentino Rockstud inspired clutch bag today! It’s available at Express, comes in black and costs $39.90.
Express Studded Border Clutch, $39.90 || Express
Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap
Update (09/09/2016): Just spotted this lovely Valentino Rockstud dupe clutch at Forever 21 in white which is on final sale for $10. Super steal deal alert!
Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap, $10 || Forever 21
Carlos by Carlos Santana Sarita Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
Update (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).
Carlos by Carlos Santana Sarita Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch, $29.97 || Nordstrom Rack
MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch
Update (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!
MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Selma Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch, 108 || Neiman Marcus
Stylistpick Alessia Multi Stud Clutch
Update (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-alike by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20!
Stylistpick Alessia Multi Stud Clutch, £20 || Amazon.co.uk
GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.
GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch, $11.95 || GoJane
Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.
Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag, €49.90 || Buffalo