Despite its many wonders, parenthood has a way of thwarting our frivolity. Instead of cashmere, we opt for cotton. Rather than teetering heels, we choose more sensible flats or wedges. There comes a point, however, when we just have to say enough is enough. For me, that breaking point was with my bag, which is why I’m happy to say my go-to party clutch for the holiday season is a minaudiere. These tiny, chic clutch bags are the antithesis of the mom bag, holding nothing more than a lipstick and a few dollars. Frivolous? Yes, but moms deserve a little glitz and glamor for those infrequent, mucn-deserved grown-up evenings out.
Rebecca Minkoff Fling Minaudiere, $150 (sale), zappos.com
Jessica McClintock Metallic Python Minaudiere, $60, lordandtaylor.com
Whiting & Davis Mesh Minaudiere, from $136, ebags.com
Sondra Roberts Leopard Minaudiere, $110, lordandtaylor.com
House of Harlow 1960 Marley Minaudiere, $195, piperlime.com