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Wristlet: The Hand Held Clutch
Jasmine Smith | 30 January 2019

Many clutch purses come with detachable straps in leather or chain. If you don’t want to be too hands on with your clutch, simply sling it on your shoulder; if it’s a wristlet, strap in on your wrist.

The Fall 2017 wristlet isn’t exactly a total reincarnation of its predecessor. While the classic zip-purse-with-wrist-strap silhouette is still around, the newest versions of the trend include stacked, boxy styles like those spotted on the Anya Hindmarch runway as well as thicker-strapped ladylike options as offered by Jacquemus. Fendi’s interpretation of the new wristlet was similar to the staple zipped style of yore, but included three pouches stacked together, key ring-style. No matter the variation on silhouette, designers were officially resurrecting the iconic item. The wristlet is dead, long live the wristlet.

While it may not be as practical (read: hands-free) as the crossbody bag, there is a certain devil-may-care vibe to dangling a single strap option from your wrist. “Oh this?” it seems to say, “It holds some of my stuff, but I’m too busy and important to dedicate my entire hand to carrying it.” Just check out some of street style’s major players hanging on to the trend — and looking totally effortless — at Spring 2018 fashion weeks in Copenhagen and Oslo. And with New York Fashion Week around the corner, expect to see more.

The wrislet, that little party bag that has taken us through so many late-nights is back! But before you start digging out your little zip-up Coach logo wallets (they still sell them by the way!), you'll be happy to know that the new version is a little roomier than the ones from your past. Not by much, but enough to squish the latest iPhone and a few credit cards into it. Meet the wristlet 2.0.,, the new grab handle bags are large enough to pass into the purse category, but tiny enough to coast off the baby bag trend.

From Anya Hindmarch's stacked wallet look, to Parisa Wang's affordable thick strap look, the wristlet is making a case against the ubiquitous hands-free crossbody, convenience be damned.

Back in the aughts, there was a very simple solution to this “I want a cute bag, but I also want full use of my hands” quandary: wristlets. Remember wristlets? They were basically glorified wallets that came equipped with a nifty strap you could loop around your wrist, thereby freeing up your fingers and preventing you from dropping your stuff.