Gift Guide: Party Perfect Purses

This year, opt for something slim, statement-making, and--ideally--covered in sparkles.

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Lugging around a big, everyday handbag can put a serious damper on holiday festivities. This year, opt for something slim, statement-making, and--ideally--covered in sparkles. ASOS' funky zipper-top pouchette puts a twist on traditional red plaid with tons of silver shimmer. $54 at ASOS.
For a more grown-up effect, try a minimalist envelope clutch like this sophisticated metallic number by AB A Brand Apart. Best of all: the dark blue hue is dark enough to act as a neutral. $226 at Totokaelo.
Clare Vivier put a holiday-ready spin on her preppy striped clutches by executing this new edition in silvery leather with a festive black ribbon accent. $195 at Net-a-Porter.
We live for a good Art Deco clutch, and this season, nothing hits the mark like this hand-poured glitter bag by Edie Parker. The classic starburst design makes it an instant classic, while the metal kiss lock closure keeps essentials under wraps. $1,295 at Barneys.
If a clutch won't cut it, try a cross-body bag like Topshop's striking silver confection. Small enough to slip over your favorite party dress but roomy enough for back-up lip gloss, this may be the best bargain buy of the season. $56 at Topshop.
After seeing all the holograms on the spring '14 runways, we're betting that, this time next year, holographic textures will be the new metalics. Get a jump start on the trend with this modern hard-top clutch by Jimmy Choo, which features a tough stud closure at the top. $995 at Net-a-Porter.
We have a furry new friend. Finished with multi-colored rabbit fur, Phillip Lim's splashy pouch is irrisitibly playful (not to mention pet-able). $575 at La Garconne.
Marni's ultra-femme zip pochette is the sweetest of holiday sidekicks, complete with bejeweled embroidery, crackled leather and a handy zipper pull. $900 at Barneys.
Kirna Zabete
This little clutch by Yazbukey is quite literally smokin'. Festooned with ruby red lips and a bright white cigarette, it's as useful for carrying your gear as it is for breaking the ice. $590 at Kirna Zabete.
Clic General Store
Not only can Tracey Tanner's gold foil wallet double as a smart party purse, but the interior features six card slots and a change purse. What more could you wish for? $125 at Clic General Store.
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