First off, you must think of the event you are attending. Is it a casual or formal affair? You do not want to overdress or under dress yourself, so careful consideration must be taken into. Formal events usually call for dressy items such as satin clutches, rhinestone purses, or evening bags with crystal closures and decorations. For an informal party, a patent leather clutch is suitable for carrying all your essentials. Wristlets, clutches with a cross body strap, handbags embellished with metal studs and even purses with a quilted detail are all stylish choices.
Secondly, once you have determined the type of celebration you are attending, now you can choose the color! You can match your purse to your dress for a monochromatic look, or break up the monotony and match your shoes to your bag. Or you can choose a metallic shade that compliments both! The wonderful thing about accessories is that you can choose to match or contrast, as long as you stay within the constraints of the event and color palette. For weddings, it is a good idea to dress in theme colors. It is usually in bad taste to stand out from the crowd at a wedding, so do your best to blend in. For birthday parties or more relaxed get together parties, unless the hostess declares an official color palette, you can dress in whatever color you like!