23 Fancy Handbags To Complete Your Wedding Guest Look

Selecting the right handbag for a dressy event is, in many cases, an art form. Formal dress codes, like weddings or black tie occasions, require a unique bag that often isn’t already chilling in your closet. Like your poor prom date and their tie/corsage, it has to hit the crucial mix of matching your dress while still standing out on its own. It can’t be too big where it looks like you’ve brought along a laptop as your plus one, but it also needs to be capable of carrying the essentials: phone, wallet, keys, lipstick. And don’t even get us started on the fact that the majority of evening handbags are cheap metal clutches adorned in beads and lamé.

But — drum roll, please — praise be for the micro bag trend. Our newfound obsession with baby bags has single-handedly saved the pain of shopping for the dreaded “event purse.” It’s resulted in miniature top handle and drawstring clutches that fit the bill of cute, fancy, and can sort of, kind of hold your necessities (maybe don’t try to shove an iPhone 8+ into one, though).

From satin finishes to pearled handles to beaded lamé clutches we actually don’t hate, these 23 mini bags disguised as fancy handbags are perfect for any upcoming event. And because event attire is confusing enough as it is (someone please explain the difference between cocktail and semi-formal to us), we’ve separated the daytime attire bags (think your afternoon garden party) from the evening attire bags (bust these babies out for anything from cocktail to white tie). And with that out of the way, now it’s time to find the perfect wedding guest dress.

There’s a lot of product out there, some would say too much. No doubt this has left you with an overwhelming set of questions about the latest must-haves. Luckily we’ve got answers. At Refinery29 we are here to help you navigate this epic world of stuff. All of our editorial market is independently selected and curated by the team. But if you buy something we link to on our site Refinery29 may earn commission.

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Ganni Orsay Embellished Chiffon Pouch, $315, available at Net-A-Porter

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Pop & Suki Lolita Bag, $225, available at Pop & Suki

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Opelle Mini Pochette with Horn Ring, $160, available at Lisa Says Gah

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Serpui Marie Charlotte Clutch, $207, available at Shopbop

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Loeil Cereza Bag, $72, available at Loeil

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J.Crew Frame Clutch, $69.98, available at J.Crew

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Neely & Chloe Micro Horse Hair Bucket Bag, $100, available at Neely & Chloe

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IMAGO-A Nº44 Lucite Buckle Mini, $295, available at IMAGO-A

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh Matilda Bag Satin, $334, available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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Estee & Lilly Ring Handle Clutch, $34.99, available at Target

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Vintage Yellow Beaded Handbag, $88, available at Either, And

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Mango Pearls Bag, $79.98, available at Mango

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Staud Lance Bag Black, $195, available at Staud

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Freya Velvet Demi Poppy Round Bag, $680, available at Freya

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Emily Levine Tribbie Bag, $300, available at Emily Levine

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Mark Cross Nicole, $2495, available at Mark Cross

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ASOS Marble Clutch Bag with Metal Handle, $45, available at ASOS

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Charles & Keith Floral Embellishment Dome Clutch, $89, available at Charles & Keith

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& Other Stories Small Leather Fold-Over Bag, $129, available at & Other Stories

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Vanina The Camelia White Strap Bag, $490, available at Vanina

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kate spade new york White Rock Road Luxe Mini Sam, $298, available at kate spade new york

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Cuyana Mini Bow Bag, $250, available at Cuyana

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Benedetta Bruzziches Smiling Moon Biscuit Satin, $915, available at Benedetta Bruzziches

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