24 Party Bags So Chic You Might Actually Enjoy Holding Them All Night

WARNING: There's sparkle ahead.

How else will you tote around your lipstick, keys, and iPhone?

Every party dressing scenario starts the same: you think about the dress, then you think about the shoes, and then you start texting your friends: "hoops or studs? red lip or nude lip?" And when all that's said and done, and you think your work here is finished, you're left with one lingering afterthought, "Crap, I still need a bag."

This all-too-familiar scenario has us mooching around for a bag small enough to be considered a clutch – usually just our most basic going out crossbody – and hoping we get away with it. Spoiler alert: we don't. This season we're all about making a big statement, but in a very small way. You may have noticed that there are so many eye-catching styles around at the moment from velvet pouches to sequined chain-mail shoulder bags to tortoiseshell trinkets. The one thing they all have in common is that they are mini.

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 So, to save you digging out that crumpled clutch from the back of your wardrobe, we've scoured the high streets for the best evening bags, from box clutches to nouveau wristlets. Now all you need is to decide on the perfect party dress to wear with it...

Embroided Moon Crossbody Velvet Bag, €59, & Other Stories

Metal Clutch, €49.99, Mango

GOLD STRIPED MINAUDIÈRE, €39.95, Zara

True Decadence structured grab bag in gold mirror with ring handle, €30.42, ASOS

Beaded Bucket Bag, €39.95, Zara

STELLA Gold Pearl Cage Bag, €49, Topshop

Polka Dot Crossbody, €25.95, Zara

Pleated Satin Knot Handle Bag, €89, & Other Stories

Sequins Baguette Bag, €39.99, Mango

Luxe Diamante Fringe Sphere Bag, €44.24, ASOS

Silver Diamante Crossbody, €44, Topshop

Smartphone Crossbody, €15.99, Stradivarius

Silver Chain Shoulder Bag, €49, Topshop

Fringe Beads Bag, €49.99, Mango

Black Velvet Bag, €40, Topshop

Crossbody Bag With Pearls, €39.95, Zara

Pearlescent Beaded Clutch, €59, & Other Stories 

Fringe Bucket Bag, €59.99, Mango

Beaded Bucket Bag, €39.95, Zara

Animal Print Tote, €70, M&S

METHACRYLATE CROSSBODY MINAUDIÈRE, €39.95, Zara

Satin Round O-Ring Bag, €69, & Other Stories

Tinsel Crossbody, €39.95, Zara

Main image by @maria_bernad on Instagram

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