Bags of Style: 21 Perfect Party Bags

Lipstick, keys, phone: we round up the most sensational bags for carrying all your Christmas party essentials this season.

There is something about whittling down one’s essentials to the bare minimum and transferring them from our day-to-day bags into a clutch that always puts us in a party mood. All we need is a lipstick, keys and phone – possibly an eyeliner at a push for touch-ups on the go; the rest is the superfluous-to-fun stuff of our ordinary lives. And, unburdened by the rest of our paraphernalia, we are free, unencumbered and ready to dance the night away. We have scoured the shops for our pick of the very best party bags, from the high end to the high street.

By Lucy Abletshauser
December 2022


Kaia Checker Woven Pouch, £130


Mini Velvet Satchel Bag, £50

LK Bennett

Lucy, Red Velvet Clutch Bag, £159

Cult Gaia

Acrylic Clutch, £275

River Island

Black Velvet Diamante Clutch Bag, £33

Benedetta Bruzziches

Venus La Petite Mesh Clutch Bag, £770


Rhinestone Crossbody Bag, £29.99

Laia Alen

Limited Edition Mini Bernatta Velvet, €210


The Seville Gold Metallic Bag, £395

Isabel Marant

Luzes Crystal-Embellished Suede Clutch Bag, £695

Russell & Bromley

Liberty, Woven Shoulder Bag, £225

The Outnet

Alexander Wang, £240

Aspinal Of London

Star Clutch, Now £1200

John Lewis

Beaded Clutch Bag, £45


Charlotte, Chainmail Clutch Bag, £128

Cult Gaia

Nala Mini Clutch, £310


Silver Padded Woven Leather Crossbody Bag, £168


Rhinestone Shoulder Bag, £39.99

Loeffler Randall

Doreen Crystal Embellished Gold Tone Shoulder Bag, £275


Armpit Mini Mesh Shoulder Bag, £305

Lucy Abletshauser

Shopping Editor

Lucy is the GWG's go-to expert on the best online buys, from fashion to interiors. An aesthete to her core, she does the trawling so you don't have to.