Minaudière (mēnōdˈyer) – is a French word meaning a small bag generally used for evening and formal wear. It is sometimes embellished with crystals, gems, rhinestones and other jewels. It is the perfect statement piece if you are going to dinner party with a formal dress codes such as weddings and red carpet events.
The bag is used primarily as a fashion accessory, thus, it has a very limited capacity. Its small space can only accommodate small items such as lipstick, powder, keys, cash, credit cards and sometimes eyeglass or cellphone. It is small enough to handle using one hand. Some designs have handles and chains while others have wrist straps.