With a flurry of holiday parties filling up your calendar for the rest of the year, naturally what you’ll wear to each event is at the top of your mind. And while we’ve helped you sort that out with these incredibly cool outfits ideas, today we’re focusing our attention on the one piece that’s sure to solve your outfit puzzle this holiday season—your handbag, of course. But exactly which bag you’ll carry to all of these festivities is a tough choice indeed. What will be the perfect piece to complement the rest of your look, hold only the essentials, and maybe even be a conversation starter?
To find the best evening bags you can buy right now, we’ve asked our editors each to share the one bag they can’t wait to tote around to all their events. From satin to velvet, pouches to structured handbags, you’re sure to find an evening bag that suits you. Not to toot our own horn, but every cool option that exists on the internet right now is here. Just saying.
Go on to see and shop which evening bags will carry you to every holiday party from now till January.
"While I'm looking forward to bringing this pretty pouch to festive holiday occasions, if I'm being honest, I'll probably carry it for daytime activities too—during the holidays and beyond."
"This bag has it all: It's petite, in the color of the season, and perfect for life beyond the holiday party too."
"I saw this Nasty Gal bag at the brand's holiday pop-up shop in London, instantly became obsessed, and bought it right away. Sure, it doesn't fit my cell phone, but for this price and the fact that it simultaneously looks like it costs hundreds, who cares?"
"Not only is The Row's Ascot bag the perfect piece for holiday parties and evening gowns, but it also doubles as a cool style to wear during the day with jeans and a T-shirt."
"I am totally here for the revival of Bienen-Davis, a handbag line popular in the '40s and '50s that's made a huge comeback this year with vintage-inspired designs in unique, versatile shapes and some of the prettiest colors and textures. It's hard not to feel a little extra special and festive when you have something like this on your arm."
"If you're looking for a bag that can truly do it all, Olympia Le-Tan is your best bet. Her book-inspired illustrated clutches look extremely forward when paired with a black-tie gown and look like total street style bait when worn casually with jeans and a tee. If you're willing to splurge on a clutch this holiday season, get you one that can do both."
"I love the idea of an unexpected and unique evening bag like the below for the holiday season. Plus, this Cult Gaia bag is sure to be a conversation starter."
"I love sticking to a good LBD for holiday parties, so I'll add the requisite festive touch via a gold clutch like this beautiful Sophie Hulme one."
"Maryam Nassir Zadeh's store is just down the street from my apartment, and I'm always popping by to check out her cool goodies. This tiny bag is a new favorite."
"Flirty and whimsical, this luxurious feather bag is the perfectly festive detail to complement all my holiday looks. I can't wait to wear it with a satin skirt and patent leather pumps."