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Designer Evening Bags
A great evening bag is essential for anyone's handbag collection. Whether it is for a romantic date or something a little more casual such as a late-night rendezvous with some friends, an evening bag is the must-have accessory to elevate your look on a night out.
What is an evening bag? It typically is a smaller and fancier bag usually used for formal occasions. However, they come in all sorts of sizes and shapes.
Now that you know what it is, how do you find the perfect bag for you? Designer bags are expensive and often run in thousands of dollars. It is not financially feasible for most people to have shelves of evening bags in their closets.
If you have to pick one or two designer evening bags, the best suggestion is to go with a timeless and classy design. Avoid trendy bags that will go out of season the next year—unless you really, really love bags. Pick something that could be worn five or ten years down the line.
To help you choose the bag to add to your collection, below are a few suggestions to consider.
The Best Designer Evening Purses
- Classic Flap Bag by Chanel
- Alma by Louis Vuitton
- GG Marmont by Gucci
- Gabrielle by Moynat
- Envelope Bag by YSL
- Boy Bag by Chanel
- Réjane by Moynat
- Lady Dior by Dior
- Dionysus Shoulder Bag by Gucci
- Creation Bag by Salvatorre Ferragamo
1. Classic Flap Bag by Chanel
Almost every fashionista's dream is to own a classic flap bag. This timeless bag has been around for over fifty years, and it won't go out of style anytime soon. This bag is great for a first date or a formal business dinner. This bag typically comes in either caviar leather or lambskin.
The leather grains are visible with caviar leather, making the bag more durable but less luxurious to the touch. With lambskin, the bag is incredibly soft, shiny, and smooth. However, lambskin is very delicate and scratches easily. If you choose this timeless bag as your evening bag, carefully consider the type of leather your pick.
2. Alma by Louis Vuitton
There is a legend that this Louis Vuitton bag was created for Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who requested a day-size travel bag. The regular-sized version of the Alma is a great bag for traveling and everyday use. The smaller version (BB size) is perfect for an evening bag.
Like almost all Louis Vuitton bags, the Alma comes in the classic Louis Vuitton monogram canvas, and the more subtle checked Damier Ebene canvas. If you want something flashier, go with the monogram. If you want something subtle, go with the Damier Ebene.
3. GG Marmont by Gucci
If you are looking for a flap bag but the Chanel Classic Flap Bag isn't the right style for you, consider getting the GG Marmont. With the eye-catching GG logo, this bag has a flashier twist than the Chanel Classic Flap Bag.
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Although the GG logo is quite loud due to its size, a small version of the GG Marmont is a great evening bag for a night out or any formal occasion. However, it's important to note that the bag will lose its structure over time since it is made from soft leather.
4. Gabrielle by Moynat
Moynat is a hidden secret in the luxury designer world. The craftsmanship and the quality of its bags are on par with Hermès, albeit without the hefty price tag or controversial marketing strategy. All of Moynat's bags are painstakingly made by one artisan.
This bag is named after Pauline Moynat's close friend, the French actress Gabrielle Réjane. The Gabrielle bag is a classic and elegant evening bag for those looking for a high-quality low-key designer bag. Despite its obscurity, the Gabrielle will certainly gather a lot of compliments.
5. Envelope Bag by YSL
If you are still interested in a flap bag, but the Chanel Classic Flap is out of your price range, and the Gucci GG Marmont design is too Gucci-esque for you, consider the YSL Envelope Bag.
The leather of this bag is made out of scratch-resistant leather, making it more durable than the arguably overpriced Chanel Classic Flap and more structured than the softer (and plushier) Gucci GG Marmont. With the tri-patterned quilting, the Envelope Bag is a fresher and sleeker look than the classic quilting pattern seen on most other bags.
6. Boy Bag by Chanel
If you are still set on a flap bag, but the Chanel Classic Flap, Gucci GG Marmont, and YSL Envelope bags aren't for you, then perhaps the Chanel Boy Bag might be the right evening bag for you. This iconic bag was created by the late Karl Lagerfeld and owes its name to Coco Chanel's first love, Boy Chapel.
The structured rectangular shape represents its boyish namesake, and the large chain link expresses its androgynous spirit. While this bag is great for a fancy or formal event, it's a versatile bag that can transition to a day bag and pairs perfectly with a simple t-shirt and jeans.
7. Réjane by Moynat
Similar to the Gabrielle, this bag is also named after Pauline Moynat's close friend, Gabrielle Réjane. This is a unique and sophisticated bag that comes in three sizes (BB, PM, and MM). The BB is the best size for an evening bag.
The Réjane also comes in many different colors, and the hardware comes in either palladium or gold. This bag is great to take to a fancy dinner or to carry along on a late-night stroll with a special someone. This is a popular bag, particularly with those who want to quality designer bags that few people recognize or carry.
8. Lady Dior by Dior
We cannot talk about the best evening bags without talking about the Lady Dior. This bag was made famous by Princess Diana. The First Lady of France, Bernadette Chirac, gifted this bag to Princess Diana.
The Lady Dior comes in many different colors, styles, and prints. Some of the styles and prints might be a little too trendy for an evening bag. If you're thinking about getting the Lady Dior, it's best to get a smaller size in a neutral-colored leather. However, there is nothing wrong with a hot pink Lady Dior.
9. Dionysus Shoulder Bag by Gucci
This bag is the precious child of Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele. The Dionysus shoulder bag features a striking tiger head closure, a unique detail referencing the Greek god Dionysus.
According to Greek mythology, the Greek God Dionysus crossed the river Tigris on a tiger sent to him by Zeus. The tiger head closure can also represent one's inner fierceness. This Gucci darling comes in a variety of leathers along with the classic Gucci interlocking GG canvas. For an evening bag, stick to a smaller size and one-toned leather.
10. Creation Bag by Salvatore Ferragamo
Although Salvatore Ferragamo is best known for their shoes, the house makes high-quality leather bags. This top handle bag from the Creations line features the classic Gancini clasp, a symbol of the Ferragamo house. This is the chic evening bag to carry out to dinner or for late-night drinks at a lounge.
This bag comes in various types of leather (box leather, suede, ostrich, and alligator) along with more unique and sustainable materials such as Forest Stewardship Council certified cork and biodegradable linen. However, if you're looking for a classic bag, it's best to go with the box leather and avoid the biodegradable bag.