Goodwill Gems: the Party-Perfect Purse

No girl wants to lug her everyday tote to all her fashionable soirées this holiday season – so our correspondent Lauren hit the local Goodwill for some accessory arm candy that’ll really sparkle. Take a look at this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Party-Perfect Purse!

Covered in festive sparkles and made out of a shimmery black fabric, this gorgeous little bag is the ideal purse to pair with your favorite holiday party ensembles.

Welcome to party season! Do you know where your default handbag is? If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to miss – it is an enormous cavern of a bag stuffed with enough emergency items and extras to get you through a long weekend at the drop of a hat. If you’re in need of a pretty purse that’s teeny enough to tuck easily under your arm but is still sure to catch everyone’s attention at your next fete, well, this week’s Gem is for you…

This sweet, feminine bag is a gorgeous addition to any girl’s accessory wardrobe, and the perfect pick for a glitzy holiday party. Made of a black fabric with a lovely sheen to it, this darling clutch is covered in rhinestones, sequins and stitching in a striking floral motif. It’s just the right size to carry some cash, identification and a few other essentials, but isn’t so big it needs its own seat next to you at your bestie’s dinner party.

You could easily carry a brilliant clutch like this with almost any of your go-to party looks: classic black pants, silky blouses, cozy knits or decadent cocktail dresses. But since the delicate beading and style of this sweet bag remind me a just little of the intricately beaded, bejeweled and patterned accessories of the art deco era, I decided to pair this party-perfect bag with a dress that’s a modern take on those worn in the same period.

Nothing says sophistication like a lady in black paired with a bag that'll make 'em all stare!

Deliciously simple and elegant, this little black dress does have a drop waist and feminine ruffle hem that would not have been out of place in the flapper’s heyday. Easy, effortless and chic, this party look would become instantly complete with that sparkling arm candy, a pair of lacy black tights and classic pumps to finish it off.

How would you style this find – and what’s your go-to Goodwill Gem for the holidays? Come share in the comments here, post a photo of the finished look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style, so keep us posted!


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