4 Bags That Will Instantly Transform Your Holiday Outfit

by Danielle Combs

Now that party season is officially underway, you’ve probably already worn a handful of festive, celebration-ready outfits. But, for those struggling to come up with an ensemble, there's an easy out. All it takes for a show-stopping sartorial moment is a festive evening clutch or bag that sparkles, shines, and shimmers all on its own.

Whether you'd describe yourself as a full-blown magpie or your style is more understated, you can use a statement bag to anchor any holiday outfit. A handbag bedecked in gleaming, crystal beads or silver sequins can just as easily dress up a classic LBD or add an extra bit of drama to an already-flashy sequin ensemble. With year-end festivities in full swing, there's no time like the present to update your wardrobe with a fun and festive clutch. You can easily dress up a LBD or go all-out by mixing and matching holiday-ready metallics. But don't relegate your sparkly clutch to the back of the closet come January: A little sparkle goes a long way all year-round. Style your statement bag with jeans and a t-shirt and your go-to outfit is instantly transformed into something a bit more statement-making. Below, find four evening bag trends and twelve dazzling options to consider when executing a head-turning party-ready look.

Beaded Evening Bags

'70s-inspired beaded bags are back in style again, and make for a celebratory statement purse. For party season, designers are playing with structured silhouettes and lustrous finishes. Shrimps' vintage-inspired mini bag and Paco Rabanne's paillette-covered clutch (with a handy shoulder strap) are both fashion-insider favorites. Try pairing these fun statement bags with a sleek pantsuit or a slinky slip dress and a pair of strappy sandals.

High-Shine Metallic Bags

If you're looking to add an extra bit of polish and panache to your end-of-year ensemble, a lustrous metallic clutch is the perfect plus-one to add to your outfit. Liven up your favorite LBD or an '80s-inspired mini dress with a silver sequined bag, then finish the outfit with sheer black hosiery and cool diamanté sandals for a dose of easy, undone glamour.

Modern Box Bags

If you're looking for a bag that feels festive but is a bit outside of your comfort zone, a box clutch or a minaudière is a decadent (while still classic) alternative. While a small, structured bag may be a bit too formal for everyday dressing, it's just right for a black tie event, where all you really need is your phone, cards, and perhaps a lipstick. For a failsafe ensemble pair a pretty box bag with vinyl leather pants and a voluminous blouse or try a sequined turtleneck layered with a sleek dress for a modern twist on show-stopping party style.

Embellished Party Pouches

When it debuted, Attico's drawstring pouch quickly became the unspoken It-bag for many of fashion's top trendsetters. It's simple and un-fussy but still feels precious. To show off your cute pouch, try styling with a tailored blazer dress in a coordinated hue and finish with simple slingback pumps.