10 outfit-making evening bags

When it comes to partywear, no dress, jumpsuit or fancy blouse is complete without the right evening bag to finish the look. This year is all about making a statement - think sequins, velvet, embellished mini bags and more. A single standout piece has the power to instantly turn your LBD from boring to head-turning this party season, so keep reading for the bags we think are deserving of a great night out.


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1. Stargazer

HUGO Business Slim Fit Plain Jacket


It is sparkle season after all, and this bag has "Christmas party" written all over it. Team with shoulder-grazing earrings and a classic black dress or use to amp up the die-hard favourite: jeans and a nice top. 

Radley Selby Bag, £149


2. Ruffled feathers

Biba Maribou Pouch


The quintessential party texture, feathers, will never fail to make you feel fancy. Take the less-is-more approach by teaming with a tailored suit or a simple midi dress. Feeling extra daring? Double up with the Biba Maribou jacket. 

Biba Maribou Pouch, £60


3. Over the rainbow

Biba Sequin Clutch


Introducing the party scene's answer to the slouchy bags seen at Bottega Veneta and JW Anderson's 2020 catwalk shows. You can hold this hobo style bag top-handle style or slip the bangle handles over your wrist – handy if you have your hands full of prosecco.

Biba Sequin Clutch, £45


4. Precious metals

Coach Tabby Chain Cross-body


Every understated LBD deserves to be matched with a bit of shine. Along with long, diamond-adorned earrings and some metallic nail polish, this Coach number can elevate even the simplest of dresses.

Coach Tabby Chain Cross-body, £275


5. Velvet 

Mario Valentino Circle Bag


Thinking outside the box? A circle bag from best-seller Mario Valentino is an interesting alternative to the popular clutch. This velvet style will add a festive note to every party ensemble.

Mario Valentino Circle Bag, £85


6. Mini trunk

Tommy Hilfiger trunk bag


Our obsession with the minimal decadence of the '90s is going nowhere fast, and this simple cross-body bag from Tommy Hilfiger is everything we love about the trend in one. Carry top-handle style or sling over your shoulder, depending on what stage of the party proceedings you're at. 

Tommy Hilfiger Trunk Handbag, £105


7. Pouch bag

Biba Sequin Pouch


Many an AW19 catwalk - Missoni and Ulla Johnson to name a few - saw the return of vintage-inspired pouches with slouchy shapes and drawstring detail and they're shaping up to be the It bag of the party season. This one comes in the same sold-out rainbow sequins as seen on Tess Daly's dress on Strictly Come Dancing. 

Biba Sequin Pouch, £60


8. Wild card 

Dune Bonique Contrast Print Frame Clutch

Liven up your going-out repertoire with a spot of animal print. Pair this Dune design with a red lip and some loose, leather trousers for a rock n roll party look.

Dune Bonique Contrast Print Frame Clutch, £70


9. Little gem

Roland Cartier Blingy Rhinestone Clutch Bag


That mini bag trend we loved last season? Well they've shrunk to an even daintier size - just look at the teeny iterations in Brandon Maxwell and Tory Birch's winter collections, and we mean closely. This dinky diamante style is exactly why we're so obsessed with the trend.

Roland Cartier Blingy Rhinestone Clutch Bag, £58


10. Festive red

Finsbury Mini Quilted Shoulder Bag


The cherry on top of any stylish ensemble? A red accessory. No other colour has quite the same appeal at this time of year, so add some Father Christmas red to your look with this luxury quilted design from Karen Millen. 

Karen Millen Finsbury Mini Quilted Shoulder Bag, £70