Brace yourselves: The evening bag has officially returned. Okay, they never really went away, but they’re not just for formal parties anymore. And with new evening bag trends popping up in the market, you’ll make up every reason to carry one with you. Thankfully, Moda Operandi has a ton of chic handbags in its latest round of arrivals, and some of them feature show-stopping details that'll never leave your thoughts.
Classic, unassuming handbags will always have a place in your closet. In fact, there’s a good chance you have a few key styles in your regular rotation. However, for the moments you want to add an eye-catching piece to pull your outfit together — or you have a dressy occasion to attend — a pretty evening bag is the perfect item. And even though “evening” is included in this niche category of handbags, there’s no explanation why you shouldn’t carry these at all hours of the day.
Taking a cue from this year’s Met Gala theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion — where the focus lies in the quirky, unique, and downright fun corners of fashion — designers are going bolder than ever with their handbags. From playful, over-the-top feather embellishments to unexpected shapes and materials, there’s no doubt that this season’s evening bag trends are meant to make a statement. Below, see the stylish trends that are bound to take over.
Acrylic and Lucite
If you’re looking for something sleek and minimal, Markarian’s $1,695 Bogart Leather and Lucite Top Handle Bag will look amazing with a sleek evening dress. On the other hand, Montunas’ Guaria Mini Resin Bag, $435, is one you can take with you on vacation to wear during the day and for an evening out.
Feathers, in every shape and form, will always be a head-turning feature. Sport Attico’s Feather-Embellished Cotton Pouch, $1,245, or Tasseled Feather-Trimmed Beaded Cotton Pouch, $625, with a simple T-shirt and a pair of jeans for an easy ensemble you can wear every day.
You've probably already noticed the crystal-embellished shoe trend happening over the past few months. And now, it’s made its way to handbags. Though you might feel as if the sparkling details are meant for nights out, don’t let that stop you from wearing these bags on a cool and casual day.
In the same way feathers and crystals can catch someone’s attention, a uniquely shaped purse will be a conversation starter. Throw the $400 Pearl Acrylic Bag from Cult Gaia over your wrist for your next wedding, or opt for STAUD’s Kenny Croc-Effect Leather Top Handle Bag, $325, for a purse you can wear everywhere.
Up the ante with fringe details, which will move with every step you take. You can wear the $2,495 Small Metal-Fringe Suede Shoulder Bag from Balmain the next time you’re going out with your friends. And for black tie occasions, go for Carolina Santo Domingo’s $1,195 Eva Metallic Suede and Acetate Clutch.