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Party Handbags to Wear on High-Rotation

Written by: Caitlin Bennett



Time to read 3 min

As soon as you save an event in your calendar, you’ve probably started thinking about what you will wear. While clothing is often the first thought, the best party looks also feature a stylish handbag.

The right handbag can elevate your party outfit. It can add a touch of personality to your look and bring your essentials along with you for the celebration. While the handbag is sometimes left as an afterthought, a little bit of planning can make you feel extra confident during your next special occasion.

Everybody looks for something different in an event handbag, purse, or clutch. You might want something timeless, or you might be ready to steal the show. No matter what your vibe is, there are a few styling considerations to make to ensure that your bag can keep up the pace with you throughout the silly season.

The Best Party Handbags for Ladies

Colour-coordinate your party handbag with your outfit

Never underestimate the influence and impact of colour. A colour-coordinated bag can complete your entire look. No, your bag doesn’t have to be the same colour as your shoes. It should simply complement and enhance your look.

If you’re a minimalist who is building a versatile capsule wardrobe, then opt for black or nude (or both!). A neutral bag can be picked up for just about any party moment. Neutral bags can also come in eye-catching shapes with interest factor. Case in point, the Sydney Shoulder Bag in black has a trending saddle bag  shape, and metallic details that make it the ultimate cool-girl accessory. 

If you want to be the life of the party, then opt for something bold and bright. Look at the tones in your outfit and find something that harmonises the look or makes it pop.

Sometimes it’s worth taking the risk on a bright colour and if you’re going for a party bag as bold as the Jacinta Crossbody in Apple Green, then you’ll want to take a moment to make sure your outfit matches. A bright bag always pops against neutrals and if you’re wearing a print, try to use a handbag that matches one of the colours in the pattern.

Balance your look with the right shape

Ideally, you want something slim and sleek to complement your party outfit. Your bag should easily sit under your shoulder or dangle off your wrist. Hidden inner compartments will also help you organise your party essentials and locate your lipstick.

Envelope clutches, such as the Hannah Crossbody Bag are beautiful and simplistic, whereas mini-shoulder bags, like the Bombay Shoulder Bag can be tucked under your arm while you dance the night away.

Choose the right size for the occasion

If you’re going to be out for hours, then you don’t want to be lugging a large bag around. Your party handbag should look great hanging right by your side and balance your outfit. If you’re wearing a voluminous or frilly outfit, think about going for a petite clutch or handbag. Mini shoulder bags are also a fun 90s throwback and look great paired with simple, figure-hugging outfits.

While your bag has the right to be the centre of attention, it should never overwhelm your entire look. If you’re starting to head into tote-sized territory then pull back, your bag is probably starting to look a little too casual for the dress code. 

Look for adjustable straps to get the most wear out of your occasion handbag

The straps and handles on your bag can add a lot of personality to your look. A top handle bag is always classic and cute, and a crossbody evening bag easily dangles off your shoulders while you’re on the go. Detachable straps mean it’s easy to convert your handbag into a clutch and match it with multiple outfits.

Louenhide’s Marley Shoulder Bag includes an additional extension strap, which you can use to convert it into a crossbody, taking you from day to night with ease. It can also be held as a clutch with its backside handle. The Mimi Clutch also includes multiple wristlets that you can mix and match to your look.

Still looking for the perfect party handbag?

Planning your look for an upcoming event should be fun and a curated collection of party handbags will empower you to get creative. You’ll be able to wear more items in your wardrobe and might even be a little more willing to answer the next call from your spontaneous best friend.

Check out our collection of party handbags, evening bags, purses, and clutches if you’re still looking for ideas. 

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