picture is by Chloe; Vogue.com

Clutches, one of the quintessential ladylike accessories of all time, and therefore a must-have in every girl's wardrobe. This season, there are so many fabulous styles to choose from, that there is no excuse not to add one (or more) to yours!

Usually, I can be seen carrying my monster-huge leather tote I found in London (lovingly nicknamed Bessy, because it's probably made from an entire cowhide- sorry PETA :( ), but after becoming addicted to Desperate Housewives (Gabby and Eddie and watching old movies more lately) I've found that I'm becoming OBSESSED with clutches. They're awesome, and not just for going out at night or to an event, but really rather practical for everyday use. Their small size keeps them simple, chic, and easy to keep organized, so you're not toting around a million unnecessary things. Also, their small size makes you hyper aware of their presence at all time, so you're less likely to forget your bag, or any of its contents behind (or at least I find that to happen to me).

With spring so close to bursting outside, and little dresses, shorts, skirts, and other fun and flirty outfits begging to be worn again, a little clutch will add a bit of super girlie class to any ensemble. Look at a few of these samples below, from a range of price points, for inspiration to add to your look.

P.S. For those of you who like more of a user-friendly tech accessory like the iPhone... check this out! Amazingly cute, right?!

It's the new HP Clutch by Vivienne Tam

What's your take on the clutch? Is it a purse you would carry all the time?