Never really missing from the fashion scene, but more likely hiding under new and always surprising visual concepts that strike with versatility and a clear sense of evolution, the folded clutch, in any of its multiple variations, is being brought back under the spotlight as a fashion trend in 2013 in order to constantly accompany a woman’s effortless style, regardless if we’re thinking day or evening wear.

The fall 2012 runways paid tribute to the classic and ever sophisticated clutch, by taking a big step forward and embracing a more modern direction that gently combines functionality with a refined design, both envisioned for a maximum impact. For the spring 2013 season the love of the folded clutch evolved even further, bringing luxurious new takes to the runway that will no doubt also reign on the street.

Defined by clean and sometimes even minimalistic lines, the fold over clutch is slowly turning into that trusty component ideal for our everyday adventures, adding new dimensions and a sense of ease to even the most intricate and luxurious outfit combinations. Spacious enough to fit a lady’s daily essentials, featuring a compact silhouette when half-filled, and becoming even broader when fully expanded, this type of clutch has the potential to become one’s very best friend, more so if you’re a woman who finds herself permanently on the go.

Folded clutch: colors, fabrics and details

Alongside the classic hues of black, white and nude, the fold over clutches are available in a full spectrum of electric colors and bold prints, offering exciting alternatives for both the ultra-elegant, as well as for the wilder and far more eccentric fashion enthusiasts. Cleverly playing upon edgy leather accents, textured suede elements, faux fur, luxurious brocades and metallic textured notes, the folded clutches introduce the slouchy aesthetic, as opposed to the structured and far more restrictive approach featured by the flap closure clutches. Everything is allowed when styling the fabulous fold over clutches, so feel free to try them out in strong colors, embellished by complex embroideries, or covered in sparkly beads.

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The fold over clutch and how to wear it for fall

For an unexpected take on the folded clutch trend, playing upon its oversize structure and building an outfit strongly emphasizing the exaggerated shapes and the voluminous silhouettes is clearly one adventurous way to go. Take it from the fall 2012 runways where the clutch was brilliantly paired to an array of blown-up proportion as featured in wide pants, cropped jackets and edgy sweatshirts.

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Folded clutch on the runway at Acne F/W ’12

Colliding the rather romantic aesthetic of the pleated and sheer infused garments with the edgier elements spotted in a black fold over leather clutch, could result in a sublime look that subtly mixes femininity with a powerful attitude.

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Folded clutch on the runway at BCBG Max Azria F/W ’12

The color block trend could effortlessly be carried into the new season with the help of a multicolored fold over clutch, teamed with an equally sharp outfit that plays upon hard versus soft undertones.

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Folded clutch on the runway at 3.1 Phillip Lim F/W ’12

The fold over clutch and how to wear it for spring

Celine’s covetable take on the folded clutch marries the brand’s signature minimalism with a relaxed, rolled-down shape. In buttery yellow and deep red, this style makes for the perfect accompaniment to an outfit of block colours and clean lines.

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Folded clutch on the runway at Celine S/S ’13

Sporty black or white leather is given a youthful sophistication when carried under your arm with attitude. The Unique runway’s pairings with sleek coats and crop tops is inspiration for getting it right come the spring / summer season.

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Folded clutch on the runway at Topshop Unique S/S ’13

Balancing a multicolor or print outfit with a complementary folded clutch that impresses with simplicity and an overall clean concept might be another smart way to highlight the powerful accessory.

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Folded clutch on the runway at Topshop Unique S/S ’13

For more spring 2013 fashion trends and how to wear them, keep an eye on that page.

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