If you're anything like me, you've got a dust bag (or two) filled with ghosts of evening bags past. Most were inexpensive impulse buys, a little sparkle here, a little color there, apropos of nothing really. A couple were purchased based on their "vintage vibe" alone. If I had a truly great clutch, it was merely a cosmic accident. Enough's enough! A girl's gotta grow up sometime and start being strategic about her "wow" pieces.
When it comes to catching the eye (and compliments), the going-out bag is the star of your show. Take this opportunity to purchase an investment bag—not because it's a classic, but because it's truly unique and representative of your personal taste. From animal prints you don't see every day to unexpected adornments, here are 20 special occasion bags we love.