Festive-Not-Formal Evening Bags
Our holiday celebrations tend to be more relaxed these days, but I still like to wear something that feels festive and a little special. I’ve begun assembling some holiday party outfits, and have realized that my evening bag situation needs some attention.
I still love how my leopard print clutch looks in an outfit, but would really prefer something with a shoulder strap. I want a bag that serves up a little glam, but isn’t so flashy that it fights with my jewelry. Size-wise, I need something bigger than a minaudière, but not larger than my Gucci camera bag.
Above: an eye-catching gold and velvet number.
Evening bags don’t have to be formal. This little gold circular bag is fun, and sticks a landing in the Festive-Not-Fussy zone.
If you prefer silver-toned or subtler metallics, this quilted flap shoulder bag with a muted pewter finish is worth a look. I’ve seen this bag up close, and the finish is much prettier than it looks in the photo. (Also available in gold.)
I love how a red bag makes an outfit pop. Here’s another one for Team Festive-Not-Fussy. It’s small enough to work for evening events, but deep enough to hold more than just a phone and a lipstick. Also available in black.
The velvet trend hasn’t skipped over the bag department. Here’s a budget-friendly, pretty mauve foldover clutch with a removable strap . Also available in Berry and Slate Blue..
Another velvet option, this one in a quilted cobalt blue. The chain strap is long enough to wear crossbody. Also in black, pink and purple.
Circling back around to leopard print, I’m really tempted by this one. I like the slightly retro vibe of that hard-framed style, and I know that print will work well with my wardrobe. Decisions, decisions…
Do you have a favorite style of evening bag?
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