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You’ve chosen your dress, you’ve sorted your shoes and the earrings are locked and loaded. There’s just one essential item you need to complete your look, and that’s an on-trend clutch bag or purse. It might seem like an afterthought, but not only does a trusty clutch complement your glamorous evening wear, it also acts as a storage solution for evening essentials that could prevent prom disaster.

Here we showcase the four must-have clutch bag styles for SS13, then highlight the key catwalk trends that inspired the look. We then give you a list of the essential things you need to pack in yours. Like we said before. A clutch isn’t just a pretty case, it could also save your style if you have a wardrobe malfunction.

The Neon Box

Neon Clutch

Get in on the Neon Trend and add a burst of colour to your outfit – AliExpress by Alibaba.com

Luminous neon is a huge SS13 trend, having made its colour-shocking debut on Louis Vuitton’s catwalk. Work this box-shaped clutch with a classic black dress for an injection of florescent flair.

The Studded Heart Hardcase

Studded heart clutch bag

Rock meets chic for a serious style statement – AliExpress by Alibaba.com

Featuring all-over stud detail, this heart-shaped clutch references the embellished trend made popular by Moschino and Prada this season.

The Colour Pop Clutch

Colour-pop clutch bag

Go for stand-out colour in ravishing red – AliExpress by Alibaba.com

Every fashionista knows that colour-blocking is a go-to look for smart/casual dates. Match this fun-sized fuchsia clutch to your shoes, or clash with a bold and bright statement dress for an intense burst of colour.

The Hi-Shine Metallic

Metallic trend : Clutch bag and purses

Work the glamorous metallic trend with this simple clutch – 6PM.com

Add extra glamour to any outfit with this metallic clutch. It’s perfect for channeling the hi-shine trend on Burberry, Viktor and Rolf and Dior’s SS13 catwalks.

Now for what to pack in your chosen clutch…

  1. Pucker up. Whether you’re going to your prom with a date or you have your eye on someone who’s going to be there, it’s good to be prepared in case you need to pucker up. With this in mind, pack a pink tinted lip gloss and gum. Good luck!
  2. Sewing kit and safety pins. If disaster strikes and your dress rips, it’s good to know you have it covered with a sewing kit in your clutch bag. Don’t know how to use a needle and thread? Then safety pins are another great way to keep your dress strap in place if it breaks. Simple.
  3. Double-sided tape. Jennifer Lopez is a big fan and Janet Jackson probably should be after that Super-Bowl boob a few years back… Pack double-sided tape to ensure your dress stays put while you’re on the dancefloor.
  4. Superglue. It might sound weird, but this is great if your heel suddenly breaks. Simply superglue it back on, then get back to the important stuff – dancing.
  5. Finally,don’t forget your ticket! That could be embarrassing.



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