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The little black evening dress -- every fashionista's closet is home to at least one. What will set you apart from everyone else's wardrobe staple is an eye-catching handbag. Whether you rock the frock at an elegant cocktail party or on a dinner date with your man, the right purse is a creative way to show off your personality.
If you want to make a basic black dress special event-worthy, a gold handbag is a must. Try toting a small, shimmering clutch rather than a large purse, as a little gold tucked under your arm will be just enough to set you apart from the crowd. If you prefer a handbag with a strap, pick one with a long, elegant gold chain. A large gold-tone cocktail ring will put the finishing touches on the look.
If you're more of a silver girl, enhance your little black dress with a gun metal- or sterling-hued handbag. If you prefer just a touch of metallic details, choose a black handbag with a silver chain strap. For a notice-me look, pair the dress with a shiny silver clutch featuring clear rhinestone embellishments. Complement the ensemble with a silver bangle bracelet or sparkling chandelier-style earrings.
Be a scene stealer by showing up to a cocktail party in a flattering little black dress, red lips and a cherry red handbag. A red purse or clutch will add drama to your look like no other accessory, while allowing your inner diva to shine. Add a coordinating pop of color to the outfit by wrapping a thin red leather belt around your waist, or slipping into a pair of strappy red heels.
If you're craving a fun, flirty look, complement your black evening dress with a feminine pink handbag. At a cocktail party where everyone is carrying a black purse with their black dress, your pink handbag will light up the room. Choose either a bright or bubblegum pink clutch, depending on your preference. Tie the look together with a pair of pink crystal earrings, or let the purse stand on its own.