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A Pretty Evening Clutch Is the Secret to a Polished Black-Tie Look

Take on the town with one of our picks.

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The secret to a polished black-tie look: a good evening bag. Like jewelry, these minaudières pull your outfit together by adding a touch of elegance. Yes they're essential for your keys and lipstick—in the Victorian era, women used them to carry their handkerchiefs and smelling salts—but they're also perfect real estate for adding color, jewels and extra pattern play. Add a bright pink clutch to an all-white look, or a heavily beaded bag to a more muted outfit. Or channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and sport a lavishly obscure piece from the late queen of the clutch, Judith Leiber. No matter your style, there is an option that will fit the bill and won't break the bank.

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1 Blair Diamond Pearl Beaded Minaudière
La Regale laregale.com

The different size stones on this heavily beaded minaudière give it a vintage feel.

2 Ever New Plate Box Clutch Bag in Hot Pink
ASOS us.asos.com

This hot pink piece from ASOS is perfect if you're looking for something structured. 

3 Reveries Beaded Clutch Bag
Vanina farfetch.com

The unique shape of this pearl and PVC piece makes it stand out from the pack. 

4 Heart Clutch
Santi shopbop.com

Heartthrobs only! 

5 Art Deco Chainmail Pouch Necklace
Serendipitous Project serendipitous-project.com

While this bag is technically a necklace, it's also big enough to be sported as a shoulder bag.

6 Mini Rhinestone Crossbody Bag
Forever21 forever21.com

The price is right on this mini rhinestone piece from Forever 21. 

7 Mini Jung Bag
Mehry Mu

This chartreuse velvet bag will add a pop of color to your look. 

8 Black Croc Catherine Box Bag
Mateo mateonewyork.com

This top-handle structured bag is the perfect addition to a black evening dress. 

9 Rhinestone Box Clutch
Sondra Roberts bloomingdales.com

Careful, this rhinestone box clutch might just steal the show. 

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