The Essential Date-Ready Handbag

Whether you’re jumping back into the dating scene for the first time or have been dating for a while, you want to make sure that you’re totally prepared for a night on the town.  Once you’ve perfected your date-night look, you’ll need an easy-to-carry handbag to go with it.

Find Your Style 


An overstuffed tote or bulky work bag is just not practical for a date. After all, there’s nothing worse than having to sift through a bunch of accumulated junk just to find your lip gloss! Whether you’re barhopping, having a romantic dinner or heading out to do an activity, you need a small, out-of-the-way (or even hands-free) bag to hold your essentials. A clutch or crossbody bag will hold everything you need without becoming cumbersome.  

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Think High-Quality

When it comes to a reliable handbag, quality is key. You don’t want a clasp or strap to break in the middle of your date. While premium, designer-quality handbags can often be expensive, sometimes it’s worth splurging on a bag you are going to have for years. But if you’re looking for something more reasonable, try shopping for a pre-owned bag. You can shop secondhand and resale sites for designer brands at a fraction of the original cost—and only you will know the difference. Find something in a color that suits your personality and goes with everything in your wardrobe.

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Stock It With the Essentials

Once you’ve decided on a bag that fits you, you can edit the contents down to the essentials you’ll need for a night out.

  • Cell phone (fully charged). A given!

  • Cardholder. If you’re like me, you tend to collect assorted loyalty cards and receipts and rarely clean out your wallet. To save space in your bag, ditch your clunky wallet in favor of a cardholder. It’s a slim, streamlined alternative and will only hold exactly what you need: a credit card, your ID and maybe a little cash.

  • Lip color. The perfect lip color, whether you prefer lipstick or lip gloss, can go a long way to helping you shine on a date. Make it a rule to never go anywhere without it!

  • Gum or mints. This one is self-explanatory! Always be prepared.

  • Rosewater. If you’ve got a little extra room in your clutch or crossbody bag, this is an essential. Whether you’re coming right from work or simply think you’ll need a little rejuvenation during your date, keep a small bottle of rose water on hand so you can spritz it on your face to freshen up.

Dating can be such an exciting time, so create a mental checklist before heading out to make sure you’ve got your date-night handbag packed to perfection. If you feel confident and prepared, your date will be able to tell—and there’s nothing more stylish than a confident woman.

Guest post contributed by thredUP.


Posted by Rebecca Piersol

Rebecca Piersol is a stylist who provides easy fashion advice that helps everyone feel more confident about their sense of style. She writes for The Crystal Press, a beauty and fashion blog she co-founded, and for, an online/offline consignment store where you can find a large selection of women’s clothing and accessories.

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