The bags your LBD wants you to buy

It’s that time of year when invitations are being planned for work events, industry award evenings and parties.  And as Chanel’s creative maestro, Karl Lagerfeld once said “one is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.”

The LBD is our saviour; it’s the one outfit which isn’t driven by a trend.  You choose the style that suits you and add accessories to express who you are and what your personality is about.  Here’s the guide to the types of evening bags to consider when dressing in black.  Having said that

Is your dress…

  • Off the shoulder?  Carry a clutch; keep those shoulders free of straps
  • Tailored? Soften with a small bag on a long strap, preferably chain to accent
  • Embellished? Contrast with a plain bag. Don’t let the dress and bag compete
  • Minimalist? Turn up the volume with colour or metallics on your bag to add drama

The only other piece of advice I would offer up is when thinking of your bag, think of your shoes.  This is not a message to match (hell no!) but don’t consider in isolation.

So fancy a whistle stop tour of the bags to inspire your autumn (or Fall) and winter accessories shopping?  Listed by bag type, you have a budget and treat option – I know I spoil you!

Bling fantastic

Budget – Biba Rhi Studded clutch

Treat – Jimmy Choo Glitter bag

This season’s metallic – silver

Budget – Issa Dia Tassel bag at House of Fraser

Treat – Vivienne Westwood silver clutch

Black bags but never plain

Budget – Pearl effect buckle bag at Mango

Treat – Tasseled leather bag from Hillier Bartley


Chain straps – to add contrast

Budget – Beaded floral shoulder bag from Zara

Treat – Crystal embellished shoulder bag from Rodo


Add a pop of colour

Budget – Cena Bow from Ted Baker

Treat – Blue suede clutch from DvF


Go wild with a print

Budget – Twist lock shoulder bag from Marks & Spencer

Treat – Sebastian Snake bag from Jill Haber


And just for fun!

Budget – Lulu Guinness Tux Grace pouch bag

Treat – Walkman bag by Sarah’s Bag


With 14 bags to choose from, covering a broad price range I’m sure you will be inspired to rock your little black dress at your next big event.

If you want a bit more help with shopping by budget check out the on trend bags by budget:


Here’s to the parties!  Have fun.


Thanks to Michael Discenza on Unsplash for my header image.

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