The snap bag is the alternative to the dainty clutch this party season. It gets its name from the fact that it has a “snap clasp” – rather like the purse your grandmother probably had many years ago.  This stunning little boxy framed accessory is just big enough to hold essentials like your lipstick, keys, cell phone and some cash. It will instantly freshen up any existing cocktail dress or dressy ensemble in your wardrobe. After all, it’s so simple to make a maximum style statement with the power of accessories.

A simple snap bag from Macy’s (top left) and more elaborate alternatives from Dillards and Nordstrom.