The minaudière is the bag of the moment.
Traditionally speaking, it is a type of formal, decorative women's clutch bag without handles or a strap. But modern minaudières can be categorised by their box or rectangle shape, and they are constructed from hard materials with a short hard handle or long chain handle (or both). They're usually finished with stand-out details or subtle hints of luxury like precious metals and gemstones.
These delicate bags won't offer much room for anything else than your favourite lipstick and phone (isn't that all you need, really?). But what they will offer the modern woman is an additional layer to the perfect winter outfit and a little bit of added luxury. This is a small accessory with a big impact.
Here is a stunning selection of our favourite minaudières to add to your wish-list this year.
This bicolour box bag, €49.95 at Mango
Bicolor box bag, €49.95 at Mango
This pink geo oval clutch by Milly, €251 at milly.com
pink geo oval clutch by Milly, €251 at milly.com
Snap the papzz with this Karl Lagerfeld Minaudière, €147 at lyst.com
Karl Lagerfeld's "The Photographer" minaudiere, €147 at lyst.com
This glitterati minaudière crossbody bag, €125 at Uterque
Shiny minaudière crossbody bag, €125 at Uterque
Carry your treasure in this 'Ahoy' matey mirrored marble-effect acrylic clutch by Edie Parker, €565 at theoutnet.com
Edie Parker Oscar Ahoy mirrored marble-effect acrylic clutch, €565 at theoutnet.com
This romantic Lulu Guinness Chloe Kissing lips clutch bag, €239.50 at johnlewis.ie
Lulu Guinness Chloe Kissing lips clutch bag, €239.50 at johnlewis.ie
This pink and black beauty from Zara, €49.95
Minaudière with fuschia details, €49.95 at Zara
This opulent silver palmette minaudière cross body bag from Okhtein, €770 at Farfetch.com
Okhtein silver palmette minaudière cross body bag, €770 at farfetch.com
This bejewelled Dolce embellished leather-trimmed painted wood clutch, €6,338 at netaporter.com
Dolce embellished leather-trimmed painted wood clutch, €6,338 at netaporter.com
This perfect autumnal-toned geometric print minaudière, €49.95 at Zara
Geometric print minaudière, €49.95 at Zara