Ginger Rogers

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How often have you spent the moment before heading out to a party trying desperately to fit your essentials into your evening bag, as though you’re putting together a three-dimensional block puzzle? If you’ve been there, you know that clutch-packing requires careful curation and a keen understanding of space engineering. Just in time for the holiday party season, we’ve gathered up the 10 sleekest and  chicest essentials for your minaudières. With these goodies in your clutches, you might just be able to say “yes” to holding the car keys, too.

EVENING BAG ESSENTIALS: Estee Lauder Slim Compact

Estee Lauder After-Hours Slim Compact

At just 2 inches in diameter, this pretty gold compact makes powdering your nose both discreet and elegant. Perfect for the teensiest and glammiest of evening bags, it includes a refillable translucent pressed powder that works with any complexion, a small application puff, and a little mirror.

Tom Ford Mini Lipstick

Tom Ford Mini Lipstick

This mini lipstick from Tom Ford is as chic as the party frocks from the designer’s Fall 2017 Collection. Available in a variety of shades, these creamy lip colors are incredibly long-lasting, so you’ll only need one or two reapplications. Try “Jon” or “Travis” if you’re looking for the au courant metallic-berry look.


Nars Radiant Cream Concealer

As the party goes on and your maquillage starts to fade, this diminutive version of Nars’ award-winning concealer serves a variety of face-freshening purposes: it brightens the under-eye area, eliminates smudged bits of mascara and eyeliner, highlights the cheekbones, and re-conceals blemishes.


Single-Use Hair Gel Packets

When dancing undoes your ‘do, these single-use packets of hair gel are a great solution. Throw one in your evening bag to slick back errant hairs and smooth frizz as needed. They’re especially great on humid nights when keeping your hair under control is a necessity.

Aerin Gold Travel Comb

Smooth your strands or keep your chignon in check with this gorgeous gilded comb that’s sleek, compact, and totally evening-worthy. It also works nicely as a teasing comb, adding a bit of height to fallen tresses.

Modu Mini Mobile Phone

Forget trying to finagle your iPhone into your Judith Leiber bag. This 3-inch-long, $65 cell phone offers all the functionality you’ll need while you’re out at a party, including a camera so you can post your favorite party moments on Instagram.

Teeny Reading Glasses Designed by Tracy Reese

Dimly lit parties can make it difficult to read the fine print on menu cards and event programs. At just 4 inches wide, these slim, light (less than an ounce), and discreet readers, designed by Tracy Reese for ThinOptics, are great to have, just in case.Miss Oops Mishap Tape

Miss Oops Mishap Tape

A celebrity and stylist staple for keeping too-revealing clothing in place, these adhesive strips will come in handy should you fall prey to a hanging hem, loose button, or visible bra strap while out and about. They’re also gentle on fabrics and skin.

Listerine Breath Strips

Big on breath-freshening—they claim to kill 99.9% of bad-breath germs—but small in size, these minty marvels will ensure that you’re prepared for even the most intimate of party conversations, no matter what was served for dinner.

Money Clip

Finally, be sure to put some cash and a credit card in a slim money clip, like this elegant, evening-worthy one in gleaming sterling silver from Tiffany & Co.

Evening Bag Essentials

Welcome Quote and Photo Mashup

Welcome photo: Ginger Rogers
Welcome quote: Scarface, 1983

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