Style 101: The Minaudière

Handbags have a plethora of styles, ranging from totes and shoppers to clutches and crossbody bags. But if you’ve been hearing the word ‘minaudière’ lately, the term may leave you wondering what such a thing is.

Although it sounds quite fancy and intimidating, a minaudière, a small handbag often used without straps, is nothing but a close relative of the clutch.

Minaudières are small, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t useful. Holding only the essentials — keys, phone, money, ID and lipstick — these handbags are perfect for formal occasions and casual outings alike. Often done in a frame style, minaudières come in a variety of different shapes and finishes, giving them the ability to serve as the statement piece of your outfit. So if minaudières seem like something your handbag collection is missing, there are tons of great options out there to fit every occasion.

For your more casual outfits, the Hyatt Minaudière Clutch by Big Buddha offers a pretty blue woven pattern with a gold-tone kiss lock closure that can easily pair with all of your summer looks. The best part is that this sweet minaudière is available at Nordstrom Rack for only $29.97.

The Big Buddha Hyatt Minaudière Clutch, found on NordstromRack.com.

The Big Buddha Hyatt Minaudière Clutch, found on NordstromRack.com.

If you’re looking for the perfect utility minaudière, look no further than the Ivanka Trump Suede Box Minaudière from Nordstrom. Available in a bright poppy (below) and subtle lavender, this suede handbag will perfectly complete everything from a formal evening outfit to a more casual daytime ensemble. On sale for $97.49, this minaudiére is worth the price for how much you’ll use it.

The Ivanka Trump Suede Box Minaudière in poppy, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Ivanka Trump Suede Box Minaudière in poppy, found on Nordstrom.com.

To add a bit of subtle sheen to an evening look, try the INC Tamme Minaudière from Macy’s. Cut in a cool geometric frame style, this minaudière will be the perfect handbag to complete a sparkly, more dressy ensemble. Available for $43.99, this gem-shaped handbag comes in black, gold and silver (below).

The INC International Concepts Tamme Minaudière in silver, found on Macys.com.

The INC International Concepts Tamme Minaudière in silver, found on Macys.com.

If you’re looking for a real statement piece, be prepared to splurge for this stunner. The Levin Silver Minaudière by Kotur pairs bright orange, pink, green and yellow with a shimmery silver, making it read like a piece of statement jewelry. This showstopping minaudière is sure to add a pop of color to your outfit, but it comes at a $477 price tag — and that’s the sale price.

The Kotur Levin Silver Multi in Perspex Silver, found on Koturltd.com.

The Kotur Levin Silver Multi in Perspex Silver, found on Koturltd.com.

Although they sound intimidating, minaudières are only cute clutch handbags that come in a variety of designs, colors and styles that can be paired with everything from a formal gown to a casual sundress. And with all these great options, there’s no reason not to add [at least] one to your wardrobe!

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