Anatomy of a Clutch

The contents of the clutch can tell us everything about the woman wearing it. Four scenarios, four different clutch bags, deconstructed.

Red-Carpet Worthy Clutch
Whether you’re attending an A-list event, the hottest summer party or the Jones’s wedding, one thing you must’ve established – you need to bring your A-game.

There’s no use being dressed to the nines when you’re stalking around with your shoulders hunched. Bad posture is never flattering so pack protective gels for your feet, a little saviour when your shoes are being a pain.

Also include the prettiest mirror compact you have and a sheer lipstick with beautiful packaging (this means you can reapply without having to find the ladies room). An alluring fragrance – you don’t want to upstage anyone, but if you want to make sure you’re memorable, let Lola do the talking.

We love: Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Jezebel, Stila Magnificent Metals Eyeliner in Black Gold, Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Jet Set and Jemma Kidd Colour Match Concealer Duo.

Ladies Night Clutch
A night with the girls usually goes like this. You hop into a cab and suddenly your besties start reciting a list of goodies they just have-to-have but have conveniently forgotten to bring. Be a smart ruby and pack extras. Tissues, bobby pins, roll up flats, gum, mini dry shampoo, lip stain, a nail file and a mini hair brush. Oh, and don’t forget the hair elastics.

Get these: Tangle Teezer Compact Styler in Feline Groovy, Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Rose D’Or, Stila Crush Lip & Cheek Stain in Rasberry, Mavala Nail Colour Cream in Bali & L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagene Mascara in Black.

The Best-Foot-Forward Clutch
This is your beauty arsenal right here. Especially reserved for meeting the parents, business meets and, if you ever spot Ryan Gosling, this is the clutch you’re going to want at your side.

Portable mini toothbrush (spinach isn’t a good look on anyone). Highlighter, you’re going to want to look extra sharp. A bright lip stain and some hairspray to tame any flyaway’s.

These lovelies are on our list: Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Sweet Escape, Invisibobble in Black, Rimmel Glam Eyes Eyeshadow Quad in Smokey Purple, Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Black and FHI Heat Go Mini Styling Iron in Silver.

The Date Night Clutch
You’ve picked out the perfect outfit, now for the clutch.

You’ll need a mini dry shampoo and breath spray. A light, fresh enticing fragrance. An ear bud or two to clean up bleeding lipstick and smudged liner. Mini roll on, lip and cheek stain – you’re going to want something waterproof and multipurpose. Nail polish for touch ups, floss, blotting paper and a mini flat iron.

Don’t forget these: Bourjois Eyeshadow in Beige, Stila Custom Colour Blush in Self-Adjusting Bronze, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Golden Rule, Stila Stay All Day Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 30.