Evening Bags

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2014 Grammy Awards Handbags

The Grammys are always pretty weird, and the 2014 Grammy Awards followed proudly in that tradition. (Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons as a backing band? Sure, why not?) Along with everything else, the stars’ (the ones who bothered to show up and walk the carpet, anyway) handbag choices weren’t exactly in line with what we’ve seen at previous awards shows this season.

Kotur Getsmartbag Clutch

Awards season always puts clutches on our mind, and when it comes to selecting a little evening bag, we always have the same problem: wedging a phone into a box clutch in a way that also accommodates our keys, wallet and lipstick.

Anna Gunn Edie Parker Breaking Bad Clutch

We still have the Grammys and Academy Awards to go, but we’re prepared to declare an early winner: at Saturday night’s Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn stole our handbag-loving heart for the entire awards season with her personalized Edie Parker Breaking Bad Personalized Box Clutch.

2014 Golden Globe Awards Clutches

The Golden Globes are my favorite awards show. Not only does the convivial atmosphere make for memorable moments (Emma Thompson taking the stage with Louboutin heels and maritini in hand, anyone?), but because the Globes are ever-so-slightly less formal than the Academy Awards, attendees are a little more daring with both their dresses and, of course, their evening bags.

Marchesa Marisol Clutch

Under most circumstances, we are totally on board with the girly, princess-y, totally glamourous and heavily detailed evening bags that Marchesa turns out, season after season. It’s hard to imagine a brand who makes bags that would be more perfect to carry as a fairytale bride, and spotting on on the red carpet always helps liven up the sometimes-monotonous parade of sedate evening bags.

Kotur Make Your Own Minaudiere Satin Clutch

For some reason, people really like Pinterest. I’m not really sure why that is (that’s right, there’s a non-believer in your midst!), but I have friends who could wile away entire Sunday afternoons pinning decor ideas, recipes and, perhaps most importantly, crafts.

Edie Parker Flavia Personalized Clutch

At first, they were simply a fashion-insider favorite. Then they were available on Moda Operandi, but only for a few days. After that, you had to contact the brand directly to order your Edie Parker Nameplate Clutch, a process which most customers shy away from in the era of depersonalized online shopping.

Look for Less Prada Alice and Olivia Jeweled Clutches

Intellectually, I’m aware that all designer handbags are overpriced, but I have the hardest time grappling with the prices of small, sparkly bags. At least with a big leather or exotic tote, you can see your money in the physical size and materials of the thing.

Marchesa Lily Crystal Embroidered Box Clutch

There’s both a roughness and relief to Fridays. On the one hand, we’ve made it this far and the weekend is within shouting distance. On the other, quite significant hand, we’re not there yet. It’s about lunchtime on the East Coast, which means that some of you are probably starting to wonder how long after lunch you’ll have to wait before you can believably feign food poisoning and leave early.

Kotur Morley Reflective Iridescent Clutch

Somehow, I made it through almost the entire spring and summer wedding season without attending a single wedding. At 27, I’m a little too young for most of my New York contemporaries to be getting hitched, and my good friends back home haven’t been doing a lot of vow-exchanging lately either.

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