30 Going-Out Bags That Aren't A Pain To Carry

When the weekend arrives, it's time to check all your little worries at the door. Whether you find R & R in a quiet cocktail bar or you prefer a less-pricey tab and danceable music at your local spot, a night out on the town is pretty much a must. And while you may have happily left the weight of your work responsibilities at the office — the literal weight of your cell phone, wallet, and five lipsticks (just in case!) is still holding you back.

That's why finding the right bag to keep hold of all your essentials is key. Since totes and other carryalls you use on a daily basis are too bulky for your paired-down necessities, we're looking at functional, weightless options as the way to go. Both cute and realistically portable (we're looking at you, flat clutches), the 30 cross-bodies, buckets, and yes, even too-cool fanny packs ahead are about to become your BFFs come Saturday night. It's officially time to get down — not feel weighed down.
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Soften your night out look with a playful faux-fur clutch.

Topshop Dotty Faux Fur Clutch Bag, $68, available at Topshop.
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Never again fear your lipstick jumping overboard while you get down on the dance floor. A pushlock closure will keep your bag shut all night long.

Proenza Schouler Tiny Kent Bag, $1,090, available at Proenza Schouler.
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Two words: Red. Hot.

Charles & Keith Metal Frame Bucket Bag, $66, available at Charles & Keith.
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Save yourself from constantly switching bags with a versatile crossbody that works for any occasion.

Bill Blass Robin Baguette, $289, available at Bill Blass.
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This metallic number is meant for on-the-go nights with a hands-free crossbody strap and front-zip closure you can easily access from the dance floor.
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We’re feeling some major ’70’s vibes.

Whiting & Davis Vienna Metal Mesh Bag, $330 $264, available at Nasty Gal.
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A glam bag to match your glam look.

& Other Stories Snake Embossed Chain Bag, $145, available at & Other Stories.
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With a top handle and a detachable shoulder strap, this one never needs to be set down.

Nasty Gal Circle Back Leather Crossbody Bag, $178, available at Nasty Gal.
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This one jumps from bag to clutch and back to bag again, making it the perfect day-to-night accessory.

Elizabeth and James Cynnie Belt Bag, $265, available at MatchesFashion.com.
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This hodgepodge of bold colors is bound to match any outfit.

Fendi Le Baguette Shearling Bag, $3,383, available at MatchesFashion.
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Prim without being too proper.

Silence + Noise Mini Crossbody Bag, $39, available at Urban Outfitters.
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For the girl who has her night-out essentials down to a science.

Mango Chain Mixed Clutch, $39.99, available at Mango.
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Calling all minimalists!

M2Malletier Amor Fati Calf Hair and Leather Shoulder Bag, $2,185 $1,093, available at Net-a-Porter.
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A clutch this pretty will ensure you'll never forget to grab it on your way home.

Valentino Embellished Evening Clutch, $4,395 $2,639, available at Barneys New York.
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The non-tourist version of a fanny pack.

Marni Convertible Belt Bag, $1,220, available at Barneys New York.
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A tight metal handle for slippery situations.

Alexander Wang Leather Clutch Metal Handle, $250.92, available at Spence.
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Let your fringe flag fly.

Zara Velvet Bag, $49.90, available at Zara.
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A handled flap closure means extra security.

Matt & Nat Abiko, $85, available at Matt & Nat.
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This structured pick means extra storage space. Our 2 a.m. selves are considering throwing in a pair of flats.

Sophie Hulme Light Grey Albion Nano Crossbody, $495, available at Sophie Hulme.
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This little leather bag gives off some serious vintage vibes.

Gap Mini Crossbody, $39.95, available at Gap.
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Because life is better with Frida Kahlo by your side.

Charlotte Olympia Kahlo Clutch, $1295 $549, available at Gilt.
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A bag as electrifying as your #OOTN (outfit of the night, duh!).

Marques'Almeida Metallic Leather Handbag, $745 $447, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Keep your cards close with a slim chain wallet.

Kenzo Kalifornia Wallet On Chain, $325, available at Kenzo.
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Not to be shown up by your poufy gown.

Clare V. x Wear LACMA Antoine Clutch, $449, available at Clare V.
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Fashion, meet function. A gold belt bag is great for day-to-night.

Halston Heritage Brooke Belt Bag, $225, available at Halston Heritage.
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Trade in your go-to leather bag for a suede option.

H&M Suede Handbag, $129, available at H&M.
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Doesn't this top-handle carrier just sit so pretty?

Rachel Comey Rider Clutch, $391, available at Forward By Elyse Walker.
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A neon shade for the club-goer in you.

Coach Nolita Shearling & Leather Zip Pouch, $125, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Forget shoulder straps. Wear your clutch as jewelry for an unexpected touch.

Perrin Paris Round Cuffed Clutch, $2,495, available at Moda Operandi.
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A bag this affordable will quell any drink-spilling fears.

Forever 21 Pebbled Faux Leather Satchel, $24.90, available at Forever 21.
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We’re in love with Acne’s new handbag line. There’s not a chance we’re parting with this one, night out or not.

Acne Studios Rose Hip Navy, $1,000, available at Acne Studios.
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