Party Clutches

Holiday party season is almost here, and it's only a matter of time before your social calendar starts filling up with family gatherings and work soirees. Don't panic about what to wear to all of these events because we've got your wardrobe covered. Over the next two months, we'll give you loads of outfit ideas and accessory suggestions for all your festive occasions, starting today with party clutches.

As you can imagine, there are an endless number of shapes and fanciful styles to choose from, which is why we've gone through and edited the vast selection down to our top seven. There's a clutch for everyone: sleek and sophisticated iterations for the refined partygoer, luxurious bejeweled versions for the fancy dresser, and a vibrant, embellished rendition for the fearless fashion girl. Enjoy!

The Inspiration
Your clutch shouldn't be an afterthought, but rather a piece that further articulates your look. Australian actress Bella Heathcote demonstrated this idea perfectly at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala in Beverly Hills last week when she teamed a one-of-a-kind lilac Gucci cocktail dress with a satin box clutch, also by said fashion house, in the same hue. The clutch's minimalist design doesn't compete with the frock-which, with its sheer panel and layered paillettes, is a statement piece in itself-but instead serves as an elegant addition. On the flip side, if you opt for an understated party outfit this season, a glitzy bag, like Elie Saab's Silver Suede and Crystal Evening Clutch ($975), will add a touch of glamour to your pared-down look.

1. Edie Parker Flavia Clutch ($1395, 212.753.7300) in Nude Pearlescent with Sand Confetti Geo
Trust us, an Edie Parker clutch is an investment piece you won't regret. Right now, we've got our eye on the pearlescent and glittery Flavia, mainly because the neutral color palette lends itself to a myriad of outfit options. Even better: it's equipped with a mirror inside, so you can check your makeup at a moment's notice. Don't want to spend quite so much? Try Topshop's Diamante Silver Box Clutch ($140) instead.

2. Zara Jeweled Box Clutch ($90)
We like to think of this jeweled clutch as the bag equivalent of a disco ball. Its shimmering exterior basically says, "Let's have fun tonight." Just be warned: the bag is so darling, you're sure to attract lots of attention while carrying it, so skip this style if you're shy.

3. Sondra Roberts Jewel Box Clutch ($200) in Black
The message for fall is loud and clear: get stoned! Gem-encrusted details, like this baroque-inspired, ornately decorated box clutch, will instantly upgrade your look. One styling note: keep your jewelry to a minimum-this bag will do all the talking.

4. Reiss Lucy Zip Top Panelled Clutch ($205)
If a compact shape with sparkly details is out of the question, something tells us you will enjoy the simplicity of this leather envelope style by Reiss. Its clean lines call for an equally streamlined look, while the stark white hue would make a striking contrast with a modern LBD.

5. Brian Atwood Octavia Clutch ($2995)
Adorned with bright, multicolored beads, Brian Atwood's Octavia Clutch has a cheerful, pop art vibe. While it could easily take center stage, we like the idea of playing up its eccentric look with an equally interesting frock. Additionally, we approve of ASOS' Beaded Iridescent Clutch ($62), which hits on the embellished trend too, albeit with a smaller price tag.

6. Juicy Couture Wild Ones Jade Clutch ($198)
A bag with lots of bells and whistles is great for certain occasions, but sometimes all you need is a sleek shape to accompany your look. That's why Juicy Couture's Wild Ones Jade Clutch made today's list. We love the subtle shimmer of this navy blue version, but it's also available in a beautiful pewter gray and of-the-moment cabernet, so be sure to check out those options too.

7. Stella McCartney Gold Square Evening Collection Clutch ($1995)
Black-tie gala, formal wedding, or an elegant holiday bash-this evening clutch suits them all, and more. Its chic look lies in the details; a rippled design offers texture, while a stone clasp makes for a luxurious finish. We also recommend Expressions NYC's Snake Embossed Box Clutch ($48) as a more wallet-friendly alternative.--Jessica Baker