Night Watch

20 evening bags to make after-dark extra special. By Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi
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Above, clockwise from left: Topshop Tartan Heart Frame Bag, $55, available at Topshop; Miu Miu Pailette Covered Clutch $210 (was $420), available at Net-A-Porter; French Connection Cocktail Silk Clutch, $68, available at French Connection.
Even though sorting through your holiday dresses and other special-occasion finery brings a little thrill to this time of year, it's more often the finishing touches that make a party outfit complete. That's why, one of our favorite little extras is definitely the perfect evening bag. Satin, chain straps, rhinestone closures, luxe "leathers", we love 'em all. And just like a pair of outstanding heels or the right bedazzled choker, every girl has her preferences.
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Whether it's sleek and compact or oversized and daring, we've rounded up a colorful assortment of options that go from tiny dance-floor ideal to day-to-night perfection. And naturally, we've made sure the price tags fit every budget—because some luxuries, like Oak's $38 "croc" clutch, definitely don't have to break the party bank.
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Above, from left: Marni Acrylic Detail Clutch, $381.50 (was $545), available at Net-A-Porter; Oak Black Croc Clutch, $38, available at Oak.
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Above, from left: Antik Batik Eryx Pouch, $62.50 (was $125), available at Shop Bop; Urban Outfitters Fringe Clutch, $38, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Above, from left: J. Crew Sean Bag (also available in gray), $149.99, available at J. Crew; Zac Posen Handbags, $605.50 (was $865), available at Shop Bop.

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Above, from left: Banana Republic Wilshire Frame Clutch, $120, available at Banana Republic; Kooba Handbags Kayla Clutch, $237 (was $395), available at Revolve Clothing.
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Above, clockwise from left: Urban Outfitters Marquee Beaded Purse, $58, available at Urban Outfitters; Topshop Leather Beaded Clutch, $110, available at Topshop; R & Y Augousti Cobra Wave Minaudiere, $192 (was $295), available at Barneys New York.
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Above, from left: Anya Hindmarch Marano Box Clutch, $460, available at Net-A-Porter; Mulberry Ava Clutch with Chain, $525, available at Shop Bop.
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Above, clockwise from top left: Express Lace Foldover Clutch, $29.70 (was $49.50), available at Express; Loeffler Randall Carla Pleated Embossed Snake Clutch, $288 (was $575), available at Revolve Clothing; Banana Republic Jeweled Roll Clutch, $120, available at Banana Republic.
20 evening bags to make after-dark extra special.
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