Holiday Bags: The Perfect Evening Clutch

You figured out your holiday plans, your dress is hanging in the closest and, yes, you have the champagne ready to go.
But what about your bag? Accessories, as we all know, can make or break an outfit.
Stash the night's essentials in one of these super-chic evening clutches.
(And we won't judge if you buy, say, three ... )

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Christian Louboutin

Technically not a clutch, this shoulder bag will go perfectly with a strapless LBD. The gold bells rest on your shoulder creating one helluva dramatic look.

Artemis bell-embellished shoulder bag by Christian Louboutin, $1,795;

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Jimmy Choo

If you really want to flaunt your festive spirit, you need to break out the glitter (a huge trend right now). Besides the fact that this sparkly bag will go with every color dress, it's also too shiny to lose at night. Genius!  

Mini Glitter Bag by Jimmy Choo, $525;

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BCBG Max Azria

Fact: Sparkle can be chic. BCBG's graphic minaudiere with glass crystals has a modern look while still adding festive shine to your outfit.

Minaudière by BCBG Max Azria, $168;

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Alexander McQueen

Is there anything better than starting off 2012 with a little McQueen? If you have to think twice, we may need to talk. This distressed gold clutch with skull closure–exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue—is subtle on the attitude but still oh-so-cool.

Skull Box Clutch by Alexander McQueen, $1,450;

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Nine West

Color blocking and snakeprint were major trends this year. And neither one is leaving anytime soon. This metallic printed clutch is large enough to hold the essentials but small enough to tote around all night.

Pleated Frame Clutch by Nine West, $34.50;

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French Connection

The little box bag is having a moment, and we're loving ever minute of it. This gold glitter version gets ultra-glam with a '70s-inspired snake chain. You can wear it with anything, including jeans. While doing laundry. Seriously.

Twinkle Glitter Bag by French Connection, $99.99;

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One part rock star (note the studs), one part lady who lunches (check out the chain strap), and one hundred percent amazing (just look at it!), this red-hot bag will ensure you're kicking off one super-stylish year.

Rockstud VaVa-Voom Shoulder Bag by Valentino, $1,495;

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A wooden clutch adds an exotic twist to any look. And when combined with metallic detailing, you're pretty much guaranteed to not run into your accessories twin. (Bonus: If your date gets too fresh, you can always konk him on the head with this.)

Wood Clutch by Kooba, $345;

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If studded bags just aren't your thing, this delicate petal bag in the perfect blush hue has your name all over it. Pair with a feminine dress for a pretty party look. And, really, who doesn't want to look pretty? Exactly.

Petal Leather Shoulder Bag by DKNY, $285;