10 Red-Carpet Worthy Evening Bags

The awards season officially opens this Sunday, with the Golden Globes. For me, the Red Carpet is usually more of a draw than the actual show (but shhh…don’t tell the actors!), as I sit perched on my couch with my cocktail and notebook in hand, awaiting the elegant gowns and jewels…or the ensembles worthy of a fashion citation. But it’s not only the actual jewelry that is sparkling, but also the evening bags and shoes. In my book, they count as a whole other category of jewelry. Don’t you agree?

With that in mind, I went on a virtual shopping spree to find some bejeweled and sparkling bags that are definitely worthy of the Red Carpet. Some are a major investment, while others are not. Here they are, in no particular order. (And if you’re interested in finding out more, then just click on the blue links for each one.)

Diane von Furstenburg

diane von furstenberg 440 stardust envelope clutch

marchesa lily medium python oval box clutch
Edie Parker

edie parker flavia confetti acrylic clutch


milly aztec gold frame clutch

gucci broadway beaded leather clutch

maiyet embroidered venus clutch
Whiting & David

whiting & david gia crystal & bead clutch

glint ombre crystal clutch

rauwolf labyrinth minaudiere
Judith Leiber (various colors and monograms available)

judith leiber couture monogram crystal slide-lock clutch
When you find yourself getting ready for a fancy night out, don’t forget that your bag is an important part of your outfit. I encourage my clients to make sure they have a few great selections in their closet, so that they are never left with having to ask their husband or significant other to carry their phone and lipstick in their sport coat.

Speaking of which, definitely think about what you need with you on a night out, as that will determine the size bag you need.  For instance, if you need an epi-pen with you at all times, make sure to have that with you when you shop, so you can make sure it fits in your evening bag. And also consider if there are any prongs or other things that may catch the delicate fabric of your outfit. You wouldn’t want that to happen!

Start with choosing a a bag or two in versatile neutrals (which may include a metallic) that will mix and match with your wardrobe. It’s an investment that many don’t consider when building their wardrobe, but it’s an important one. Many people just leave their bag as an afterthought, which I don’t recommend.

I, myself, recently found a great, simple black one on clearance during the holiday sales. It’s patent (which is now a year-round material), with a neutral metal long strap, so I can go hands-free. Yes, it still cost a pretty penny, but I then came home and got rid of all my old “prom-y” looking ones. I know I’ll get great cost-per-wear with this one, and I feel much more confident having a stylish choice in my closet, instead of having to weed through bags I don’t particularly love, while I’m trying to get out the door. In fact, I’ve already used it three times since purchasing it in December. Not bad, right?

Hope this article got you thinking about the evening bags in your own closet, and if you watch The Golden Globes, enjoy the fashion show!

10 thoughts on “10 Red-Carpet Worthy Evening Bags”

  1. Love the article – purses, jewelry, shoes, etc, all add up to the perfect look. I’ll look closer at the red carpets from now on!!

  2. I can’t decide on a favorite! They are all so beautiful. Fantastic article. I love awards season too and look foward to all the wonderful fashions!

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