As you may have deduced if you are a regular visitor to SoSensational, Cyndy and Jan love a handbag.
As older women, they recognise both the style potential of a gorgeous bag and the sheer practicality… who wants to put their mobile phone and car keys in their pocket, and when it comes to party wear, where are you going to stash your essentials?
Even if you opt for a tuxedo or trouser suit for partywear, rather than a body-hugging pocket-free LBD, no-one wants to add inches to their hips by stuffing their pockets with tissues and lippy, so a gorgeous bag is a party essential.
When it comes to party handbags, the clutch bag rules though one with a shoulder strap or a cross-body strap tucked inside renders your clutch bag simpler to wear when at a party and you need hands free to juggle glass, canapés and hand-shakes.
If you are going to a party straight from the office, try to tuck your neat little clutch inside your larger workaday tote so that you don’t have to socialise and circulate with a weekend-case size bag on your arm. TIP If you are worried about leaving your valuables in your tote in a cloakroom, use the zip pocket of your clutch to store cash and credit cards, and take your phone with you. For your personal security don’t leave keys together with papers containing your name and address in your day bag where they can be found…
Alternatively find something that works as a day-to-night bag, which is, let’s face it, a tough ask, but we have been searching and guess what? The brilliant Ted Baker, Topshop and many more brands offer several totes with their own matching clutch bag tucked inside. Genius…
A clutch in gold or silver is very versatile and will look great with your LBD or a dress in a bright or a print.
If you are taking the LBD route, add a bag in a colour or a bag with a bit of bling… And although your party handbag is always going to be small-ish, ensure it is in the right proportion to your height and build.
A small vintage-inspired frame bag (or even a genuine vintage bag) can also work well as a party handbag, and can be held on your arm.
So which of these beauties will you be taking to the office Christmas bash, or to the New Year’s Eve party? Do tell us …
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