We won't disagree, history has given us no reason to disregard the staying power of a practical, functional black handbag. Like everything in our wardrobe, it certainly has its place. A sturdy, reliable handbag can see you through this lifetime and into the next. But as we inch closer every day to the end of yet another disruptive year; we can't help but be reminded that the festive season demands a far more interesting companion. One that lights up a room slouched over your shoulder or draped around a well-accessorised wrist. That's right, evening bags are once again reclaiming a stake in the modern wardrobe, and we couldn't be more excited for their return.
If you're not someone who is used to indulging in a fun party bag, we can understand the reluctancy. Especially, if you're prepared to spend a pretty penny on something that will take your outfit to the next level. The biggest mistake people often make when on the hunt for evening bags is playing it too safe. As we know with most things in our wardrobe, if its too close to something we already own we won't gravitate towards it the way we should.
That's not to say that this statement piece shouldn't also be measured – sequins, feathers and colour are all great, but paired together and you limit your bags wearability. In the same way that you take the time to consider your everyday items; the same approach should be taken with evening bags.
For example, if you are someone who tends to stick to block colours even for the more important occasions; you might want to use the opportunity to bring some colour into your outfit. Similarly, if you prefer prints, a more textured evening bag could be your poison of choice.
Just like any statement accessory, your evening bags should be an extension of your existing style. Stepping out of your comfort zone to bring a new layer of interest into your collection doesn't mean purging yourself of your style codes all together. Evening bags have also come a long way since the day of year 12 formals, so if you're concerned about welcoming an outdated clutch into your wardrobe, fear not.
Not only are the current offering of party bags completely on trend; but the silhouettes and designs are also entirely in tune with our needs. While micro bags still have some sway, you'll also be able to hunt down a piece that fits more than just a credit card and the key to your front door.
Whether you're wanting to dazzle the guests at an upcoming soirée with sequins; or can't get enough of sleek, satin purse that will last a lifetime, our edit of the 20 best evening bags will have you covered. Happy party season.
1. Paco Rabanne Op'Art chainmail clutch
3. Jil Sander metallic Sphere beaded bag
8. Jimmy Choo Callie black velvet clutch bag with chain strap
11. Simone Rocha Egg embellished clutch
12. By Far Fran Venus embossed leather
13. Bottega Veneta Structure bag
15. Saint Laurent Mini Pac Pac in shearling and lambskin
Wanting to complete your outfit with a stellar pair of shoes? Look to our round-up of the best party shoes.