Embellished Handbags

Black Studded purse

From casual to dressy, a rhinestone embellished purse, handbag or clutch is an option over one that is plain. This style was only used for special occasions, since they were decorated. There are many different sizes and shapes as you can see in the pictures. They can have very little decor or made with plenty of it, along with colors and styles for every taste.

Brown Clutch purse with stones


Black clutch with rhinestone decorBlack studded skull clutchPink Studded skull clutch

Anything goes and it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks as long as you are comfortable with your choice. It is a style that will always be around. You can have a couple of decorations on your handbag keeping it subtle, or have larger areas covered to give it a more blingy look.


Several Decoration Options Available


Red, silver, black, and multi colored bags of sequins decor

Black, silver and red rolls of sequins decorMulti colored rolls of sequins decorThere are many different materials that these decorations are made of for example, beads, sequins, stones, rivets, studs, rhinestones and more, can be made from glass, crystals, metal, acrylic, wood, straw, plastic, felt, anything is possible. The decorations can be dressed up or down. There are bags of sequins where you can add them individually, and also strands of sequins that you can place as a border around the handbag or on the strap, as seen in the images I took from the craft store.

Purple, blue and green strands of beads decor

Multi colors strands of pearls decorgold silver and brown strands of beads decorThere are strands of beads or pearls that you can remove easily individually to add anywhere, using a single color, or a variety of them stitching them on in groups or alone. You can see the many colors available here, I didn’t take a picture of all of them, there are so many.

Mjulti colored strands of pearls and beads decor

Your handbags can be purchased already embellished, or you can decorate them on your own by purchasing kits and applying them yourself. They can be applied by pushing into the fabric and folding the metal spikes on the other side, by gluing on or by using tools to apply them, as seen in the images below. The first one is of three packages of steel buttons and the other one is  2 separate kits that you can buy to attach the steel buttons or rivets.

3 packages of metal buttons


2 packs of metal button applicator tools

Rivets and studs have two pieces, and can be applied by hand or by using a metal tool that hammers them together. All you have to do is mark on the fabric where they are to be placed before hand, having them ready to apply. Beads, sequins and stones that already have pre-made holes in them can be sewn on. Styles without these holes can be glued on with a special fabric glue that you can find at craft stores or retail outlets that carry these supplies. The choices for shapes, sizes, color and materials are endless.

Always in Style Year Round

Blue embellished bag with color strapEmbellished handbags will always be in style regardless of the season, occasion or how you decide to dress for that day or night. They can dress up a plain, casual outfit or a t-shirt and jeans to attending a special occasion like a wedding.small red studded purse


Beach bags, backpacks, duffel bags, baby bags etc,  are other bags that can be bought already decorated or you can do it yourself. As long as it suits your taste for the occasion. It is nice to have a variety of styles whether plain or embellished, the choices are out there to discover.

Click on Women’s Purses and Handbags for more information about them, to read and shop for men’s click on Men’s Bags and Accessories. The option to shop for both are to the right on my sidebar where I have several merchants listed.

Unless otherwise stated, the bags for this article I chose from various merchants for the specific style I needed to write this article.


  1. Randene


    Reading your post inspired me to embellish some purses/bags with my teenage daughters. Thank you! What a great idea. I was attracted to your site because my mother in law is a purse-lover. I was curious about what I’d find, but I think she’d also love to do something like this with us. Great post. Thanks!!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Randene,

      You are welcome! 

      I’m glad my article inspired you to embellish handbags with your daughters. This way they are one of a kind personalized bags. Including your mother in law is a great idea.

      Thanks for checking out my website, I appreciate it and hope you come by again soon.

  2. ches


    I had never thought of enhancing my handbags and I really like how the black one has turned out.
    I think the plainer the bag or purse, the more these embellishments will work. I’ve just bought my Grandaughter a handbag for her birthday and as it’s a little plain, just black and white, I think I could make it a little more original if I try some silver studs.
    We do have a large craft store nearby that actually sell these kinds of adornments and I will be popping in to see what I can find. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Ches, thank you for sharing and leaving a comment. 

      My first purse was a ‘jean’ fabric older style one, and this is when I first started to decorate with my favorite pins. We didn’t have a lot of choices back then. Today there are many ways to embellish our handbags and it’s fun and creative. You will enjoy decorating your Granddaughter’s handbag, it will make it more special! 

      I’m happy my article gave you the idea and you are welcome!

  3. Crystal Doc


    Hey Patsy,
    I love wearing clothes and accessories with embellishments but not too much. That red or the black handbag would be my style but the purse would be too much unless I am wearing it with a plain dress and a pair of fancy shoes.
    I would like you to suggest a cream purse with embellishments for me to wear to a Wedding. I already have the dress and the shoes so I am going to email you at the address you provided below with pictures of the dress and shoes so please look out for that 🙂

    Thanks in advance for your help!


    1. Patsy


      Hi Crystal, you are welcome.

      We all have our different tastes with how much is too much for embellishments. It also depends on our mood or what we have to wear that will go with the purse or handbag.

      I would love to suggest a cream colored purse with embellishments for your outfit. I’m looking forward to your email, showing me what the dress and shoes look like.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Monica Bouteiller


    Hi, I just finished reading your article on Matching handbags, footwear and outfits and wanted to read more because I need a purse for a wedding. You have a picture of a purse I’m interested in… but looking at this article, I’m thinking I should go dressier. I like the little black one because I can use it when I’m casual and the black will go with any colour. I like the blingy look too!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Monica, thank you for the comment and for continuing to read another one of my pages.

      Sometimes we need to look harder for an occasion like a wedding. It usually needs to be dressier depending on the dress code. The black one is nice and I agree with the blingy look also. The one in the picture I chose to show how much more fancier we can go with our choices.

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!

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