Evening bags

  • Clutch Necessities

    Dress?...Check! Shoes?...Check! Jewelry?...Check! Hmm...what's left?

    A clutch! It's the one thing that will pull your whole look together and of course hold all of your necessities. Since you won't be bringing a regular sized purse with you, you can't bring everything you own! It's important to be prepared...but you also don't want to over pack. So, to make it easier for you to decide what to bring and what to leave out, we went through the must-haves for a perfectly packed clutch. Listed below are the necessities - besides "feminine products" - you'll need to bring with you for the biggest night of the year!

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    Powder Finish

    Makeup is part of getting all dolled up. Making it last all night is a task, so make sure you bring some back-up to keep it from running and to retouch your makeup. A loose powder finish is ideal to carry in your clutch. Here's a tip from the pros at Teen Vogue:

    "Packing a powder is something I battle with a lot because of all the teeny tiny clutches on the red carpet. But if you tend to be really shiny, you can just take a little bit of loose powder and put it on your powder puff before wrapping it in a tissue. Use that instead of carrying around a big compact!"

    Blotting Papers

    Another way to keep your face looking fresh is using blotting sheets. They work wonders on shiny and oily skin. Here's another Teen Vogue pro tip that we love:

    "Obviously they're great for reducing shine, but you can also use them to blot your lips. And if your eyelids tend to get a little oily, you can use them there too, so your eye makeup doesn't start creasing."

    You can find the ones shown above at your local Sephora store!

    Lipstick or Lip Gloss

    You're going to be eating, drinking, and talking all night...so you may find that your lip color is struggling to last through it all. Add lipstick or lip gloss to your clutch like the one shown above from Mac! If you don't feel like retouching your lips all night, try sticking with a lip stain. It should last all night!

    Bring in backup for your Hair

    If you have an updo, or even a half-up/half-down look, it's a great idea to bring backup bobby pins. You'll never know how your hair is going to turn out by the end of the night, especially if you're probably going to be busting a move on the dance floor!

    Don't Forget Your Camera!

    Remember to bring your camera to capture all the moments to look back at the good times! You'll of course want to have memories of how fab you looked!

    If you're still looking for that perfect clutch to go with your gown, here's information on the clutches that we used in our Polyvore set above:

    1. Helen's Heart Style FP 2919 Black Clutch - Organza bow clutch with rhinestone detail and a kiss lock closure.

    2. La Regale 27058 Chain Mail Clutch - Metal mesh clutch from La Regale with an optional strap. The rhinestone closure adds an extra touch of sparkle to this evening bag.

    Source: Teen Vogue

  • Bookbag Upgrade Anyone?

    Jewelry and shoes add a special touch but the most important accessory may be one that you have overlooked all together.  Did you remember your evening bag? Yes, I called it an evening bag.... totally proper of me and an essential for your night. The perfect clutch carries a few necessary items and shouldn’t weigh you down. It’s a characteristic little piece of you that usually can fit no more than a cell phone, your favorite compact and lip gloss and maybe a house key! Your mini handbag comes in handy for your big night…

    No one wants to carry around their book bag at Prom and your clutch is just that- clutch! With so many unique bags to choose from, your grab and go is an added element of style with a pop of color, shiny studs and sequins, or a cool printed fabric! You want to stand out at prom (i.e. prom registries) and along with your dress, hair and makeup, your clutch choice is a sweet extra to show your individuality and keep a few personal necessities close on your special night!

    Rissy Roo's has the perfect evening bag for your special event. Helen's Heart and La Regale have classic and trend setting clutches that will add the finishing touch to any dress! Keep in mind: the clutch is small… so don’t over pack!

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