Party in the Bag – 30 Awesome Evening Bags You’ll Love

Whether you’re a ‘clutch hitter’ or prefer to go ‘hands free’, this season’s evening bags have what you are looking for no matter the party. Our editors have been checking out the latest trends and put together some great picks, which we’ve neatly divided into 5 groups – each capable of handling a range of what you will (or won’t) be carrying…

DOUBLE DUTY BEAUTY

A bag that’s worn as a necklace?? Ab-so-freakin-lutely. They may have started as a novel evolution of the fanny pack, but make no mistakes, these necklace bags channel nothing but luxury. Bonus, no more awkward hand juggling between holding your purse and drink while trying to take a holiday party selfie. As you can gather, these bags are tiny and best when partying light…cell, cards, and some micro-sized makeup items and you’re good to go for the night!

Starting with the cutest little clasp purse ever…

Y’S, Black Clasp Necklace Pouch $238

Followed by this candy apple patent leather number…

Madden Girl, Gifting Patent Mini Bag $14.97

Or go pretty in pink to the party…

Mansur Gavriel, Baby Pleated Bucket Bag $295

Give your neck a little gift of gold…

Thacker, Nora Mini Pouch $44.97

Or if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas…

Danse Lente, Crocodile Embossed Necklace Bag $242

Or go full tilt haute hot red…

Bottega Veneta, The Mini Pouch $630

CAPABLE CLUTCHES

If you’re the kind of girl who prefers to streamline, and the event is such that holding your purse all night is not a necessity (formal dinner, wedding, etc) then this season’s clutch is made for you. These little hand-helds are like¬†accessories to your outfit (and some of them are about as small!). Lovely & lightweight, the small clutch works best when all you need is your phone, a few cards, keys, mints and maybe an emergency lipstick and/or mini-size perfume.

Like this embellished blue beauty…

Ninas, Sofiya Caribbean Blue Cielo Jacquard Clutch $34

 

or this attention-grabbing, lipstick red number…

14th & Union, Red Leather Clutch $37.48

This blonde beauty brings on the bling…

Ninas, Gelsey Embellished Gold Clutch $125

Forget the silver lining, this cloud is nothing but puffy perfection…

Mansur Gavriel, Cloud Clutch $595

and of course, why not top things off with this gold tapestried clutch? It’s currently on sale for an absolute steal…

Papaya!, Gold Paisley Tassel Clutch $16.99

 

CROSSBODY COUTURE

Moving up in size but still maintaining a decent hands-free option, the crossbody is that perfect little Goldilocks that isn’t too big or too small. This bag can easily handle a larger phone along with a full wallet, keys, and a nice small supply of makeup items. Sizes do vary, so anything marked “mini-crossbody” for example may not handle more than your typical clutch. Still, if you are looking for variety, this season’s styles will give you the largest of choices, including textured leathers, gorgeous sequins, funky metallics and some of the cutest designs guaranteed to make you feel warm & fuzzy!

Starting with this boxy number that’s anything but a “croc”…

Lulu, Rubey Lunch Box Crossbody $39.97

If color is your preference, here’s a rainbow of options…

KG by Kurt Geiger, Kensington Rainbow Leather Crossbody Bag $129.97

Or tickle your inner kid with this fuzzy, frothy fellow…

Area Stars, Pink Faux-fur Envelope Crossbody $22.99

Going for the gold is an easy option with this minimalist designed metallic…

Hobo, Darcy Leather Crossbody $54.97

Clicking your heels three times is completely unnecessary with this ruby beauty…

Boston Proper, Glam Embellished Chain Bag $69.50

Or if you prefer to simply texture things up a bit…

Tiffany & Fred, Black Floral Leather Crossbody $135.79

PARTY OF A POUCH

We first started seeing the return of the bucket bag in early spring, and they’ve done nothing but grow in popularity since. Sometimes referred to as satchels or pouch bags, they come in velvet, satin, sequined and all things in between. While some versions run about as small as a coin purse, most are nicely generous enough to easily hold your cell, wallet, and more than a few needed items like mint/gum, lipstick/balm, mini-perfume, travel lotion, etc…

We start things off with this absolute stunner…

Etro, Crystal-Embellished Bucket Bag $1,410

Then show off a little ‘birds of a feather’…

Jimmy Choo, Bon Bon Bag $1,995

Maybe you’re channeling this season’s pinks of perfection?

Maison Heritage, Sac Seau Metallic Bucket Bag $74.97

Or you love a little crinkle with your Kringle…

Molly Goddard, Nara Bumpy Drawstring Bag $498

How about something more evergreen?

Prada, Fabric Mesh Bucket Bag $1,070

Or just something cozy you can warm up to…?

Gucci, Mini Velvet GG Marmont Bucket Bag $860

 

TOP OF THE CLASS & CARRY

Okay, there are going to be times when a tiny clutch or crossbody simply won’t do, however that doesn’t mean you have to settle for humdrum. These medium-sized Top Handle bags offer infinite style without the drama of trying to figure out how to fit your new iPhone 12 Pro Max into that micro-satchel. Plus at these sizes you will have at your fingertips the full arsenal of supplies – cell, full wallet, keys, make-up, mints, lotion and a few other items you may not have thought of (but trust us, you’ll be glad to add) such as band-aids (banish those party shoe blisters), nail clippers (‘cuz hangnails happen), baby wipes (don’t be stuck with stains) and even a mini-phone charger (so you can ‘Gram the night away and still have enough juice to call that uber).

Starting with this icy grey-blue perfection piece…

Lulu, Mollie Top Handle Bag $24.97

This one’s certainly no slouch of a pouch…

Vanina, Juliette Satin Mini Tote $265

You’ll have a ball with this one…

Ella & Elly, Gray Faux-fur Top Handle Bag $22.99

When you need to size up stylishly…

Badgley Mischka, Embossed Logo Top Handle Bag $39.97

Or if you just want a hint of some sparkle, this taupe is tops…

Ninas, Jagger Champagne Satin Top Handle $49

Or if you’d rather be there and be square, consider this rosy number…

TMRW Studio, Tony Top Handle Satchel $99.97

There you have it, 30 lovely choices for your upcoming holiday shin-digs. We hope you have a stylish and safe time!

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