What Is a Clutch Wallet?

by Kathryn Hatashita-Lee ; Updated September 28, 2017

A clutch wallet may have zippered compartments and tab closure.

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Clutch wallets hold essential items without the bulkiness of a large purse. A clutch wallet offers a compact and often stylish case for money and identification cards for convenient access.

Versatility

Clutch wallets are different sizes and are made of various materials, such as leather, canvas and water-resistant synthetic fabrics. Compartments with zippered or snap closure pockets and slots can help organize bills, coins and credit cards. Some designs include an exterior pocket for a cell phone.

Frame

A clutch wallet is square or rectangular. Some styles that open at the top include a zippered or fabric tab closure or a top metal kiss-lock clasp closure. Other clutch wallets feature a flap that folds over the top and fastens on the front. Checkbook clutch wallets have a longer frame that accommodates checkbooks as well as bills, coins and credit cards.

Carrying

Clutch wallets without purse handles are carried in your hand. Some clutch styles include a slim shoulder strap or wrist strap. Clutches with a wide frame sometimes fit snugly under your arm.

Warning

Hiding a clutch wallet in a zippered pocket or larger bag may be safer than holding the wallet in plain sight of thieves.

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