Let’s Go Party: The Best Evening Bags To Shop Now & Keep Forever

The accessory that keeps on giving
Best evening bags. Pictured: PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 03: Xiayan wears a silver 1969 Nano metal-disc shoulder bag by Paco Rabanne in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

Unlike clothes—where we tend to be more susceptible to trends and impulse buys that we only wear once—accessories present us with the exciting opportunity of investing in something we can really get mileage out of. But while a few key bag styles promise a timeless appeal—Bottega Veneta’s new Andiamo tote, for one—none have quite as glamorous an appeal as the evening bag.

As elusive (and increasingly vague) as ‘going out’ fashion becomes, the evening bag has never lost its impact. Throughout the decades, within every aesthetic, it’s been a constant in our wardrobes. And though the occasions may evolve over our lives from Seet 16s to weddings and beyond, one thing we’ll never grow out of is the need for a statement-making party purse.

With the power to make or break a look, and become a life-long go-to for special occasions, there’s no better gap in your wardrobe worth filling. But with great power comes great responsibility—for us shoppers.

Choosing the right bag involves certain considerations, though. The Jacquemus le Chiquito micro bag may have had its time in the zeitgeist, but on a practical level, a bag you’ll keep forever needs to be able to fit some night-out essentials—or at least your phone and keys. Then, there’s the question of whether it has that all-important *special* factor that allows it to dress up even the simplest of looks.

To take out some of the legwork for you with your shopping, we’ve rounded up a curated selection of utterly perfect evening bags to suit every style.

Paco Rabanne 1969 Small Chainmail Shoulder Bag, $1,474 from Matches Fashion, SHOP NOW 

A style dug up from the archives of Paco Rabbane’s ’60s reign, this glittering icon sets the blueprint for a party bag. With a classic silhouetted adorned in reflective metals and a chain strap, this piece can easily be taken from day to evening and is neutral enough to go with just about everything.

Roger Vivier Bouquet Strass Crystal-Buckle Satin Clutch Bag, $2,424 from Matches Fashion, SHOP NOW

There is something so inherently sensuous about satin. Throw in a crystal buckle clasp and a removable long strap, and you have yourself a very luxurious evening accessory.

Cult Gaia Dory Wristlet Wooden-Beads Bag, on sale for $380 from Farfetch, SHOP NOW

For a more Bohemian look that can work for both day and night, opt for something with rustic detailing but in a classic shape, just like this wood and leather number by Cult Gaia.

Tote Wirebag Standard, $465 by ANTEPRIMA, SHOP NOW

This metallic mesh just screams ‘night out’ in our eyes. While the glitzy hue and exterior are high-voltage, the slouchy shape offers a relaxed edge that makes it very wearable.

Saint Laurent Manhattan Embellished Leather Clutch, $2,566 from NET-A-PORTER, SHOP NOW

Sleek and sophisticated, this Saint Laurent clutch means risky business. Pair it with a slinky black dress and a red lip for the ultimate Bond Girl moment.

GANNI Occasion Top Handle Knot Bag, $271 from Pipe & Row, SHOP NOW

As bold as this feelgood GANNI bag may be, we’re confident that it will step up to pair well with an array of outfits. Plus, the soft, squishy texture makes it just as fun to hold.

Loewe Paseo Leather Shoulder Bag, $3,928 from NET-A-PORTER, SHOP NOW

If you’re not really one for a glitzy showstopper, go for a premium leather top-handle bag that can work overtime as an everyday carry-all. This large croissant-shaped Loewe bag boasts just enough intrigue to fall nicely into evening bag territory, without all the bells and whistles.

Alaïa Le Coeur Heart Shape Bag, $1,285 from Selfridges, SHOP NOW

Are you as smitten with this Alaïa heart bag as we are? Hold it close to your chest or with its strap for a crossbody bag to weddings and other celebrations of love for dress code bonus points.

Nanushka The Bar Ruched Clutch Bag, $827 from Farfetch, SHOP NOW

Look no further for a vegan leather option than cult-favourite brand Nanushka for a luxurious leather look.

Shrimps Blue Mini Antonia Bag, $755 from Farfetch, SHOP NOW

This retro-style Shrimps evening bag is ridiculously cute and is made from wood, which makes it a little less precious for those rowdy nights. We particularly love this faded denim hue that is great for neutral lovers wanting to branch out a little.

This article originally appeared on Grazia International