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From Our Friends at Who What Wear: Party Style Is in the Bag

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So, you’ve found a gorgeous dress, a chic skirt-and-top combo or a killer pantsuit that you can’t wait to wear during the upcoming party season, either as a hostess or attendee. The toughest part is done—now all that’s left to do is accessorize. We love this step because it’s what pulls everything together and, done right, accessories will give your look that next-level oomph.

Not sure what to choose first? A spectacular clutch is a great place to start. Think about what you’re after. Could your outfit use a bit of sparkle? A pop of color? A sleek finish? A clutch can take care of any of these—the secret is in the details. Once you’ve picked the perfect one, just add shoes and jewelry, and you’ll be ready for whatever RSVPs come your way.

Velvet, especially in bold hues, is a big trend for fall (the second one in a row), and we’re jazzed to see the plush fabric on RTW and night-out accessories. Pick a velvet clutch in a rich jewel tone for a shot of festive, statement-making color. It’ll pop with any LBD, but if you want to go for something completely unexpected, try throwing pastels into the mix.

Shop our picks:

Nordstrom crushed velvet minaudière | Ted Baker London Cena bow velvet clutch | Badgley Mischka Drama velvet clutch

Embellished with intricate sequins, beads and crystals, these clutches will add instant sparkle to your party look. Have a more casual outfit? A glittery clutch is an easy way to dress it up with nighttime glamour. Add some sparkly jewelry for even more celebratory bling.

Shop our picks:

Nordstrom Starburst sequin minaudière | Badgley Mischka Aurora clutch | Nina Meadow beaded frame clutch

With clean lines and a classic silhouette, an envelope clutch is a sleek complement to any evening look. It’s also super versatile, i.e., it goes from day to night with the grace and style of the most seasoned of party pros. Try a pretty nude shade or one with a luxe embossed finish. Of course, you’ll never go wrong with black. Invest in one that’s well-made, and you’ll carry it everywhere for years.

Shop our picks:

Rebecca Minkoff Leo envelope clutch | Givenchy Medium Antigona leather envelope clutch | Sole Society Karen faux leather envelope clutch