I have several handbags that are "fancy" with flowers, rhinestones, and feathers. Would these be appropriate for evening functions, or should the handbag match the outfit. For example, I will be wearing a simple sleeveless velvet dress, so should the evening bag be velvet and simple, too?
Dear Evening Etiquette,
No, the evening bag does not need to match the dress fabric, nor need to be simple. While many women prefer that their evening purse be understated, it is not necessary. The evening bag should be small such as a clutch, or it can have a thin strap. So, carry a small fancy handbag and have fun.