As much as we love cross-body evening bags and teeny-tiny top-handle totes, there’s nothing that comes close to permanently replacing our beloved clutch. Small, sure, but it radiates a level of chicness that more than makes up for its diminutive size. It communicates an ability to edit and downsize your essentials (no one will ever know how much you actually hoard receipts or every kind of lip balm under the sun), and it paints an image of you at your best—living the best life, as though you’re off to attend just one of the many fancy events you’ve been invited to for the night.
And now that we’re heading into the holiday season, let’s bring that image to real life with 11 clutches that all ring in under $150, but look ridiculously expensive. Yes, we did the impossible. Looking for a festive party-ready purse to hold in your grip? We found rainbow glittery envelopes and iridescent beaded clutches. Into something more subdued? We found understated pouches (that will literally go with any outfit) and elegant satin options. Start shopping, below.