What Are Wristlets?

by Stacey Kole

A close-up of a stylish woman in a red dress carrying a red wristlet.

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Bracelets are worn on your wrist, but sometimes bags are, too. Wristlets are small handbags designed with a strap that you loop around your wrist. Approximately the size of a woman’s wallet or small clutch, wristlets are large enough to carry money, credit cards, ID and a few makeup products -- but not a great deal more. These bags are especially handy for a night out when you need a few essentials, but don't want to lug around a big purse on your shoulder.

Fashion and Function

Wristlets are more than just functional -- they’re also fashion statements. Just like full-size purses, this functional mini bag comes in a variety of finishes -- think brushed metallic, snakeskin, sequins or straw -- as well as simple leather or fabric finishes. Even designers like Coach, Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade have gotten into the action, creating wristlets as part of their handbag collections.

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About the Author

Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.