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

SLH Accessories Editor

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…


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.

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Sondra Roberts Metallic Pleated Bow Clutch $115.00, Thacker Nolita Leather Clutch in Rose Gold $98.00, Violet Ray Metallic Evergreen Geo Clutch $34.97, Shrimps Faux Fur Martini Bag $350.00, Atelier Swarovski by Mary Katrantzou Nostalgia Small Clutch $799.00, Kysha Velvet Clutch w/Metallic Embroidery $68.00


Belt Bag with a holiday dress?? Ab-so-freakin-lutely. They may have started as a sporty throw back, but make no mistakes, these beauty 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. Like the Clutch, these bags are small and best when partying light…cell, cards, keys and some travel-sized makeup items and you’re good to go for the night!

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Betsey Johnson Rose Convertible Belt/Crossbody $78.00, Sam Edelman Yanet Belt Bag in Velvet Green $44.97, Marc Jacobs Sport Metallic Leather Belt Bag $295.00, INC International Concepts Glitter & Metallic Fanny Pack in Blush $42.50, Prada Cahier Belt Bag $1,790.00, From St Xavier Jovy Medium Beaded Belt Bag $115.00


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, which makes it pretty darn near perfect for any party event. 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 classic velvets, gorgeous embroidery, funky metallics and some of the cutest playfully aesthetic designs guaranteed to give your inner kid a good giggle!

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Karl X Kaia Gerber Velvet Crossbody Bag $345.00, Sam Edelman Beatrice Hardcase Canteen Crossbody $59.97, From St Xavier Sapphire Medium Beaded Velvet Crossbody $135.00, Steve Madden Bjudy Embellished Crossbody Bag in Mustard $44.97, Furla Metropolis Doodle Crossbody $199.97, Bao Bao Issey Miyake Platinum Opera Chain Clutch $826.00


We first started seeing this purse style in late summer and they’ve done nothing but grow in popularity since. Sometimes referred to as satchels but more often called “evening 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…

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Les Petits Joueurs Nano Trilly Disco Embellished Satin Pouch $390.00, From St Xavier Kingston Medium Sequin Drawstring Crossbody $145.00, Hunting Season Tula Velvet Shoulder Bag in Emerald $475.00, Cher Diamante Pouch $52.00, Catherine Malandrino Vienna Velvet Satchel $19.99, Cara Cage Crossbody Bag $55.00


Okay, there are going to be times when a tiny clutch or crossbody simply won’t do, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for humdrum. These medium-sized bags offer infinite style without the drama of trying to figure out how to fit your new iPhone XS 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).


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Shrimps Una Faux Fur Handbag $480.00, Akris Aimee Small Metallic Hammered Leather Satchel Bag $1,999.00, Radley London Hill House Leather Satchel $298.00, Tous Black Kaos Shock Bucket Bag $249.00, Furla Artic Medium Satchel $698.00, BCBGeneration Tessa Snake Satchel $98.00

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