What Are Wristlets?

by Stacey Kole ; Updated September 28, 2017

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 was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy where she penned stories on all things beauty and style, while writing cover stories on such celebrities as Victoria Hudgens and Julianne Hough. She continues to write for a variety of online fashion, beauty and health publications.