How To Do The Evening Bag in 2024

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How To Do The Evening Bag NowValentina Valdinoci

There's something about handbags that require a little extra thought, especially when it comes to those we want to carry for more formal or evening events. Where most of life's eventualities can host the same reliable, capacious tote that fits everything but the kitchen sink, a well-worn shoulder-slinging sack just won't cut it for special occasions.

Enter something more sparkly, more dazzling but also something that needs to be smaller and so less practical. Once upon a time a satin envelope clutch was the only answer, which while a helpful no-brainer, read as dull and expected. Today, things couldn't be more different as jazzy clutch bags and novelty styles are bountiful and readily available to elevate these formal looks with an injection of fun or further detail.


Evening bags no longer have to be an after-thought camouflaging into a gown or sitting in tandem with a party dress and can now be the focal point of an outfit, with the rest of it building, or contrasting, around it. Today, it's a novelty evening bag the fashion set love the most and this idea has transformed so much so that replica life-size birds and even crisp packets are legitimate options thanks to fashion's most original, and humourous, innovators.

So, whether you're a bride looking for an alternative bouquet idea or simply ready to make a timeless investment in a designer evening to last you for life, look not further than this definitive and comprehensive edit.

Read on to discover:

  • The Best Evening Clutch Bags

  • The Best Novelty Evening Bags

  • The Best Top Handle Evening bags

  • The Best Vintage Evening Bags

  • The Best Designer Evening Bags

The Best Evening Clutch Bags

A clutch has long been a celebration's go-to bag, thanks to its mostly dainty proportions and ability to act as the perfect plus one for all manner of events. Today, clutches are no longer just simple satin squares. Instead, they come in cushy designs that slot underarms in pillowy proportions or are your own portable disco balls with their storage a mere bonus to your glittering sidekick. Choosing a clutch bag has changed, it's less about finding one that disappears when worn and instead is more about finding one that doesn't match with everything but looks great, in contrast, with everything. The chicest way to wear one? With baggy jeans, a cashmere sweater and ballet pumps.

The Best Evening Novelty Bags

There's no child play here as novelty bags have become fashion's most prized possession — be it a crisp packet or a bird! Yes, really. Those wishing to have a little fun should now find an evening bag that are packed with personality. Heading to a wedding alone? Worried about conversation starters? One of these scene-stealing bags will negate any concerns.

The Best Designer Evening Bags

Let's talk heirlooms. These bags are serious investments that will see you through all sorts of special evenings and then some. Some are classics, revered world over for their staying power as a wear-forever handbag, while others are newer favourites building their very own legacies here and now. When it comes to choosing one, let your heart lead the way. It's the only way you'll make sure you wear this forever and ever.

The Best Vintage Evening Bags

There's something about a vintage evening bag that is especially special. What other special occasions has it been privy to on the arm of it's previous owner? It's a sweet thing to consider when you're choosing your next pre-loved piece.

The Best Top Handle Evening Bags

A top handle bag is the clutch's more practical sister. Prim, polished and put together, a bag such as this makes for a stylish carry that will elevate a look, be it to bring a touch of the feminine to a tailored suit or a nostalgic slant on a future-facing party dress.

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