Unless you live and party in the most fashion-forward part of a very fashionable city, it’s likely that you see a lot of very similar outfits when you go out at night. Heavy reliance on little black dresses and little black clutches is a rut into which we all fall from time to time, particularly in the awkward season-changing parts of the year when we’re sick of all of our warm-weather clothes but cold-weather dressing hasn’t quite arrived yet. But don’t forget, ladies, you have options.

I can’t help you make a savvier LBD choice (at least not in this context I can’t), but I’ve certainly got ideas about how to spruce up whatever you might be carrying with it. Next time you’re headed out and you don’t know what to bring with you, try something with a bit of neutral beading like the Antik Batik Oslo Wallet Bag.

The color of the beading on this purse keeps it from looking too matronly or old, and the pattern is part of the modern/tribal mashup that has been so popular in recent seasons. The bag is just big enough to hold your night-out essentials, and it’ll look a lot more interesting with a black dress than another envelope clutch. Buy through ShopBop for $325.

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