Evening Bags and Purses


There's no doubt that evening bags and purses are the icing of your outfit! Dressy and plush purses go with a beautiful evening gown, and leather envelopes complement a fab party outfit.

One of my favorite evening purse styles is without a doubt the leather envelope. It's versatile and go with most of my casual and party outfits. It's simple and super chic.

Black leather evening purse bag
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However, I'm not into fancy purses so if I have to attend a semi-formal occasion (which is quite rare, maybe twice or thrice a year in average) where the dress code is slightly strict, I take out my classic satin evening purse in black or cream which I've had for the last five years! They never let me down - they're just classic and never compete with my pretty outfit!


How to Buy an Evening Bag

Secure the basics

Whether you rarely or often attend formal occasion, you need atleast two dressy purses for those inevitable wedding parties and other semi-formal occasions that require you to look extra pretty.

You need something that goes with all outfits and color combos, which is why I highly recommend securing:

  • 1x evening purse in black or any dark neutral such as chocolate brown or dark navy blue. However black is in my opinion classic. It works for all special occasions from Spring to Winter.
  • 1x in a light neutral such as white, cream or light gray for your Spring & Summer formal outfits.


Black satin evening bags purses from endless and ebags
Black satin evening bags from endless and eBags


White satin evening bags purses from dollsbag and ebags
White satin evening bags from Dollsbag and eBags

Notice how simple and versatile they look? No need to buy a new evening purse for every outfit. And you definitely don't need to spend time figuring out if they match with your the colors or outfit your wearing. These blend in with absolutely everything.

Be practical with your choice of evening bag

Most sequined/bead purses are too fragile to carry at crazy parties. When I worked at Accessorize, sequin bags were one of our highly complained products because some of the sequins would go missing. Yes, you guessed it - it was right after the customer carried heavy books in it or after a wild night out.

Leather and satin are quite durable and will last you a long time.

I also suggest that you look for a purse that has hand or shoulder strap just in case you get tired of constantly having to carry it with your hand. However if you're opting for a clutch purse, make sure it's not to big for your hand. For extra comfort - it has to mold into your palm to give you that extra grip.

This leads me to the next pointer to buying evening purses...

It has to complement your body shape and scale

If you want to make a professional impression you need a purse that is scaled to your body size. So if you're a Plus Size, opt for a slightly bigger bag - and if you're Petite carry a smaller-scaled purse. If you're something in the middle or a petite plus size, select a medium-scaled evening purse.

This is super-super important to achieve that nice, well-dressed look. A too big purse can make you look smaller and drag down your stature. A too small purse on the other hand can make you look bigger in comparison.


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