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Have you ever gotten ready to go out - your makeup is perfect and your outfit looks great - but you just can't decide which one to wear? Bag to take with you?  

Some people swear by the fact that their handbags have to match their shoes, but with the right Bag you can throw this rule out the window. 

What is a designer evening bag?

According to the dictionary definition, a evening bag a small handbag that is usually worn on elegant or formal occasions and is often made of luxurious fabrics or decorated with elaborate beading or other embellishments. With a few exceptions, an evening bag is often smaller than a normal handbag and generally looks a little more glamorous or fancy than an ordinary everyday bag.

Of course, it depends on your personal preference as to which handbags you want to call evening bags and which you want to wear during the day, but there are handbags that are suitable for both day and night - perfect for after work drinks or last minute events that require more formal attire.

Different types of evening bags

Evening bags come in all shapes and sizes, but they are usually categorized by how they are carried. Whether your evening bag is a pouch, a baguette, an envelope or even a huge pair of lips, it will most likely be carried in one of the following ways:

Clutch evening bags

A clutchBag can simply be held in the hand or carried under the arm. These bags often don't have straps (or detachable straps), so you always have to hold them in your hand. This can sometimes feel a little risky in busy places as it can easily be knocked out of your hand or snatched.

Clutch bags are the go-to choice for a formal evening look as they don't distract from your outfit - no straps to cover or crease your clothes. They offer the opportunity to add a pop of color to your ensemble or perhaps a touch of sparkle.

As the underarmBag (clutch bag) became popular in the 1920s to 1930s, they could be seen on the red carpet and at the most distinguished parties. Van Cleef and Arpels introduced the minaudière - a clutch bag with a fixed case, inspired by the cigarette case of celebrity Florence Gould - which soon became the most popular shape that many designers tried their hand at. Today, clutch bags come in a variety of shapes and are still the accessory of choice for stars on the red carpet and celebrities attending the chicest parties and events.

Underarm bags (clutch bags) are usually quite small to make them easier to carry. So you need to travel relatively light if you want to carry a clutch bag.Bag want to use a clutch bag.

Shoulder bags

As the name suggests, a shoulder bag is worn over the shoulder on one side of the body. Depending on the length of the strap, the Bag also be used as a crossbodyBag can be used.

This type of Bag has appeared in a variety of designs throughout history, as the shoulder strap is considered the most practical way to carry a Bag to carry. As far as the fashion history of the shoulder bag is concerned, the Hermes Mailbag (Sac a Depeches) from 1935 and the Chanel 2.55 from 1955 probably marked the rise of the shoulder bag in modern fashion. In the 60s, crochet and fringed leather bags in all sizes were popular with many, especially in the hippie culture. In the 80s, the Birkin bag was introduced, which is still very popular today.

As with the clutch, there are many different styles and shapes of shoulder bags, but those worn for formal evening events are often smaller and made from finer materials such as animal skins and leather with high-quality metal fittings.

If a shoulder bag has a long strap (or is adjustable), it can also be worn as a crossbody.

Crossbody evening bag

They can be used in a similar way to shoulder bags, but the strap of a crossbody evening bag is longer.Bag is usually longer so that it can be carried across the body - over the opposite shoulder to the side on which the Bag sits.

This type of Bag is ideal for those who are very safety conscious, as it is much more difficult for the Bag stolen in this position on the body. If the Bag sits on the hip, you have both hands free to enjoy a cocktail and still have one hand free.

The straps of shoulder bags sit on top of your outfit, so make sure that the strap of your Bag look good by taking care of the leather or chain!

Which brands make the best designer evening bags?

There are many designer brands that make wonderful evening bags, some more elaborate than others. Some of the best brands when it comes to a standard evening bag that goes with almost any outfit are Saint Laurent, Chanel, Louis Vuitton.

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent designs beautiful classic styles in a wide variety of colors, materials and finishes to suit every outfit and personality.


Chanel is well known for its bags, which have been a stylish accessory to many outfits for decades. Coco Chanel revolutionized women's fashion and created designs that were so far ahead of their time that they are still popular today. The signature quilted leather and woven leather chain straps have survived the test of time, and the Chanel Classic Flap Bag is one of our favorite evening bags.

Louis Vuitton

The lure of the Louis Vuitton handbags has long been unbroken. With the iconic LV monogram and the brown, checkered canvas, every Bag of this design house is unmistakable.

Our top best designer evening bags

We have selected some great pieces, all of which are the ideal Bag for a night out - whether you're going out for drinks with your best girlfriends or attending a high-end event or art opening, there's something for you in our top picks.

Saint Laurent Sunset Bag

Let's start the list with one of our favorite designer evening bags, the Saint Laurent Sunset Bag. This simple but extremely stylish Bag is available in so many different colors that you can find one that perfectly matches your personal style. Thanks to the adjustable chain strap, you can wear the Sunset as a shoulder bag or crossbody bag, which makes it easy to combine with a variety of different looks.

As an evening bag, the Sunset couldn't be more ideal. The well-structured design with many compartments ensures that you don't have to search for your lipstick in the bathroom or for your keys at the end of the evening.

So it's no wonder that this Saint LaurentBag is so popular.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

This is our second favorite - we had to choose two because they both have such great features but are drastically different in price. The Chanel Classic Flap Bag is definitely a more expensive investment and a very popular choice among designer handbag collectors. The quilted design and signature leather braided chain strap combine to create the classic Chanel look, not to mention the CC logo clasp. If you want the full Chanel experience, this Bag is available in black and white dogtooth tweed to help you find your inner Coco!

Although this Bag doesn't have the same number of compartments as the Saint Laurent Sunset, it has an extra flap underneath the main flap - this extra covering of the interior is great for security, but can prove to be a bit of a hassle when trying to fit things inside. Bag in and out. The soft calf leather interior is beautiful, but it would be a good idea to use a handbag liner to protect it as it can be prone to scratches.

Although the chain is adjustable, the length is much better suited to doubling up and carrying as a shoulder bag - as a crossbody.Bag it doesn't seem to fit as well.

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