The holiday party season is in full swing now, but it’s still not too late to put together that perfect outfit. We already gave you a headstart with our guide to dresses under $100 and the sparkliest collection of party shoes ever, but you’re not quite done yet. You need a bag!
And your everyday beat-up leather shoulder bag just won’t do. You need a jewel box clutch, otherwise known as a minaudiere. The jewel box clutch has to be one of the most impractical bags ever, but it’s also one of the few bags that you can bedazzle the hell out of and still look totally elegant while carrying it. There’s something about the way you have to hold these hard-backed little boxes–either tucked daintily in the crook of your arm, or holding it in your hand, where it functions as a sort of glamorous extension of your body.
Plus we just read this little piece of wisdom in the latest US Weekly about why you should carry a clutch to parties: “You won’t be able to hold a drink and a plate piled with calorie-laden treats.” So true.
Click through for our 20 jewel box picks. Whether your tastes run from minimalist to girly to badass, we promise we have you covered at all price points. (There’s even one for $7,000 if you have extra cash to burn).