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.
The different size stones on this heavily beaded minaudière give it a vintage feel.
This hot pink piece from ASOS is perfect if you're looking for something structured.
The unique shape of this pearl and PVC piece makes it stand out from the pack.
While this bag is technically a necklace, it's also big enough to be sported as a shoulder bag.
The price is right on this mini rhinestone piece from Forever 21.
This top-handle structured bag is the perfect addition to a black evening dress.
Careful, this rhinestone box clutch might just steal the show.