Yes it may seem a tad early to be shopping for party season – but hey, the Christmas lights are already going up on Orchard road. Besides, it’s good to start prepping, no? If you’re the type who saves on clothes but splashes out on quality bags, here’s our curated selection of party bags across all price points (and we do mean all).
#1: Embellished leather clutch, US$750, Sarah's Bag, Sarahsbag.com
Sarah’s Bag may sound dodgy but this feted Lebanese label is actually an insider’s favourite – everyone from royalty (the stylish Queen Rania of Jordan) to Hollywood royalty (Amal Clooney) has been spotted with one of the label’s designs. What else do we love about this brand? The fact that it has principles – it works with over 200 underprivileged women in Lebanon and pays them fair, ethical wages. Great ethics, reasonable prices and eye-catching design chops? I’m totally signed up.
#2: Chainmail cross body bag, $56.90, Topshop
For a fun, easy-to-wear party piece, this ’20s-esque gold stunner from Topshop is a no-brainer.
#3: Leather and satin "Evening Box Pompon" bag, $2,790, Roger Vivier
Take a nod to the halcyon days of old-Hollywood glamour with this tasselled Roger Vivier piece – we can totally imagine the likes of Dita Von Teese carrying this bag.
#4: Leather clutch with embellished shoulder strap, $685, Sophia Webster, Matchesfashion.com
I may not personally like black but it’s always a fail-safe option – Sophia Webster however, ensures that this is no basic b*itch option with the gorgeous butterfly appliques on the bag strap; this piece is more striking worn as a shoulder bag – though the strap is detachable as well.
#5: Acrylic clutch, $89.90, Zara
This Zara clutch gives you the sheen and sophistication of a more expensive label with its excellent colour-combination and Art Deco-esque motif – all while remaining highly affordable. Win, win.
#6: Fur and leather envelope clutch, $765, Longchamp
Lilac is shaping up to be one of most unexpected colour trends for Spring 2018, so get ahead of the crowd with this pretty rendition by Longchamp – it’ll likely go well if you’re going for a pastel-coloured ensemble. Even if you’re going for the traditional LBD, this bag will stand out.
#7: Lamé shoulder bag, $1,945, Saint Laurent, Matchesfashion.com
Saint Laurent always makes some of the best party bags and this asymmetric heart-shaped piece continues in that tradition.It’s gold, the silhouette shows you’re ready to party – what more could you want from an evening bag?
#8: Nappa leather clutch, $335, Bonia
Yellow is totally the reigning colour of the moment – a massive slew of celebs from Gigi Hadid to Blake Lively have totally fallen for the colour in recent weeks. Join the banana train with this cheery, sunshine-yellow version by trusty leather house Bonia.
#9: Velvet and leather cross body bag, US$1,678, Miu Miu, Net-A-Porter.com
Going for a vintage-themed party? This decadent Miu Miu number is really all you need with all its bells and whistles for an unmissable entrance.
#10: Plexiglass miniaudiere, $19,990, Chanel
Greek influences are having a major moment for the Resort 2018 season and this witty miniaudiere by Chanel easily encapsulates the vibe – the owl symbolises the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena. Think of it as your real-life diadem – the tiara-like relic that represents the brainy house of Ravenclaw from Harry Potter.
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