Best Bet: Francoise Bag

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After lugging around an overstuffed tote all day for work and pre-holiday errands, it’s a relief to swap it out for something less unwieldy at night. The Francoise cross-body bag is the ideal size — large enough to fit your camera, phone, and small essentials without weighing you down. Smaller pockets in the front and back make convenient compartments for your subway card and cash. The leather-trimmed bag comes in various hues, including gray, black, navy, and tan, but the seasonal standout is this red suede version, a festive complement to a LBD or black winter coat.

Francoise shoulder bag, $179 (originally $445) online.