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We love those teeny-tiny jeweled purses stars carry on the red carpet, but they’re just not practical for real life. A roomy studded clutch like is much more our style – we can stash fold-up flats, our cell and a lip gloss in there.
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We didn’t think we could be any more obsessed with the super-chic ensemble she wore last week, until we saw the rich violet Burberry clutch she paired with it off the red carpet. We love the idea of adding an unexpected color to an already bright outfit.
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We have no idea why is carrying her oversize tote like a clutch (maybe she has something fragile in there?), but that’s not the point. The real takeaway: When it comes to big bags, go for a fun color like orange or red over basic black.
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cool cross-body has modern details like trendy color-blocking and an unexpected clasp, but the square shape and the chain strap make it an instant classic.
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has been toting this oxblood Derek Lam camera bag all over N.Y.C., and it’s easy to see why: It’s got the hands-free appeal of a cross-body with all the space of a traditional shoulder bag – not to mention, it’s just plain gorgeous.
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Even if you don’t plan to wear a chartreuse gown this season, seeing this studded blush clutch with a dress that bold should prove to you that it’s one seriously versatile accessory: It would look equally awesome with an LBD or less formal outfit.
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Why schlep an old Whole Foods tote around when you can transport a bunch of belongings in a carryall like Diane Kruger’s? After all, we’ve never seen a grocery sack with details as gorgeous as the ones on her Chloé “Alice” bag (and lucky for you, the one at left doesn t have a Chloé price tag).
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Two things we love: a classic, structured satchel and bold colors. So it should be no surprise that we’re smitten with rich scarlet number, featuring a dramatic clasp that only adds to the appeal.
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No need to answer the call of the jungle with head-to-toe animal print (hey, we’re not all Gwen Stefani). A little leopard goes a long way – especially when it’s on something as adorable as Emma’s Jerome Dreyfuss “Bobi” shoulder bag.
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Trust me, I’m a doctor’s…bag. The classic and functional shape gets a flirty update thanks to the feminine salmon-pink hue, which really pops against the actress’s rocker-chic all-black look.
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We plan to treat lipstick red like a neutral, especially when it’s on a bag in a classic shape and go-anywhere size. smartly sports hers with more subdued hues, seen on a cobalt-and-black ensemble.
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White blouse and black pants? We might be asleep by now if it weren’t for the powerful impact of her may-jah boxy, textured clutch with a chain strap, which the star uses to tie the whole look together.
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Though it takes a brave soul to make a travel tote out of a pristine white bag, we have to admit that gold-accented, roomy carryall is totally fab and the perfect under-the-seat size. Just be sure to have a good leather cleaner on call.
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A neutral clutch with a little extra interest, like the Dallas actress’s Oroton snakeskin number, is one that will never go out of style and will work in any season. In other words, you won’t regret this purchase.
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Stars like Camilla are loving the vintage vibe Coach is bringing with this year’s Legacy collection. She adds the line’s “Amanda” flap shoulder bag to a floaty, flowery dress for chic contrast.
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Olivia’s Olivia + Joy fuchsia “Suspect” bag (available in five colors, though not pink) may have a chain strap and look somewhat delicate, but make no mistake: It’s meant to be tucked glamorously under one arm and packed with fashion editor must-haves (think: iPad, notebook, an extra pair of flats). The best part? It’s already a fabulous price.
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The key to pulling off a very vintage-feeling bag, like Solange’s top-handle, is to pair it with an outfit that doesn’t at all recall the ’50s. Follow this advice and you’ll steer clear of costume territory.
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If you avoid buying bags in fun colors because you’re afraid they won’t go with anything you own, here’s proof that brights are the new neutral: Elizabeth’s orange-red Coach cross-body pops against her multihued Tucker dress.
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She may be royalty, but even the needs something to hold her cell, lipstick and Tic Tacs during all those public appearances. This sleek gold number looks great in photos and adds a touch of sheen to an otherwise simple outfit.
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A midsize black bag doesn’t have to be boring. Just check out design, which has handwoven details and dramatic bronze hardware to ensure it stands out in a sea of identical purses.
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If you’re not a fan of traditional evening bags, here’s a cool alternative. Simone Camille looks like a fancy drawstring suede pouch with hand-beading and an antique metal strap.
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Luxe leather? Check. Go-with-anything shade? Check. Perfect size and shape for daytime? Check, check! pretty, practical shopper hits all the points on our “must-have handbag” checklist.
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The toted this C. Wonder “Gusset” bag ($78 ) on the set of Smash, but we wouldn’t blame her if she begged the prop master to take it home at the end of the day – it’s that cute.
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Summer is almost over (sad face), but the good news is that an oversize black leather bag no longer looks out of season. Add a carryall with cool metallic details such as pyramid studs and a golden chain like Valentino stunner to your fall rotation.
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We’d be smiling too if we were toting the Modern Family actress’s sophisticated Fontana “1915” bag (which retails for about $1,700). Look for one with a similar structured shape and just the right amount of gold detailing.
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Ciao bella! We’re talking, of course, about the actress’s tiny snakeskin clutch, which may not fit much (good luck getting more than an iPhone in there), but certainly packs a lot of style punch.
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If the Bachelorette asked us, “Will you accept this bag?”, we’d gladly say yes. Because we feel that her , $297, with its funky colors and unique print, is our style soul mate.
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Allover hot pink is best left to middle schoolers and flamingos, but shows an age-appropriate way to inject the on-trend color into your wardrobe: via thick bright straps on her otherwise understated white tote.
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It’s always refreshing when a bag is the statement piece. A geometric, abstract-print oversize clutch like the Alexander McQueen bag does all the work, meaning the rest of your outfit can be simple and no one will accuse you of looking blah.
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She’s long since graduated from High School Musical, but knows you’re never too old to carry a structured, schoolgirl-inspired bag. The rich texture and gold hardware of her Michael Michael Kors purse bring a little edge and sophistication to such a preppy, youthful piece.
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What we wouldn’t give to spend an hour in closet surrounded by all her amazing handbags. Among the first we’d try to snag: this sequined Vanessa Bruno tote, which is casual enough for a day by the pool, but sparkly enough to use at night.
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The actress’s Corey Lynn Calter clutch is truly what makes her outfit work. Pale mint and tomato red might not ordinarily mix, but with both color families represented in her eye-catching bag, the look feels purposeful and polished.
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It’s a little bit girlie, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Slouchy and blush-colored, covered in mixed-metal grommets, the shoulder bag brings a welcome bit of color to her all-black look.
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If you’re going to lug around half your belongings, you should at least do it in style. Here’s how: Look for a lightweight bag like the actress’s. Buckled leather straps, a chic print and a bit of structure ensure that it won’t look like a ratty gym bag.
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Don’t make us say it. OK, fine. We die for this bag. It’s a slightly unusual shape, a gorgeous color, a useful size and has thoughtful details. Let’s put it this way: The accessory is attention-grabbing enough to draw our eye away from Rachel’s adorable baby.
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Invest in a teeny cross-body like (hers is Jerome Dreyfuss) for those days when you want to travel light and keep your essentials close at hand. (Plus, unlike a clutch, you’ll never accidentally leave this at the bar.)
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We love those itty-bitty clutches celebs carry, but let’s be real – without a handler (or patient boyfriend) to play pack mule, no one carries just a lipstick and credit card for a night out. An oversize version like the star’s can fit a camera, smartphone and even a pair of emergency flip-flops.
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A structured purse like ladylike Prada stunner is a chic alternative to a slouchy carryall. The shape is retro, but the fun pastel color and cool studded accents give it a modern look.
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Mid-size cross-bodies (like Miranda’s red Coach number) are the sedans of the handbag world – they look sleek but are secretly really practical. Choose one in a bold color and you can wear it during the day with cutoffs or at night with a breezy printed maxi.
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If you have to schlep around a big bag, it should at least be cute. Animal prints are a fun option, as proves with her roomy snakeskin shopper. It makes her standard running-errands outfit look more put-together.
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A luxe-looking cognac handbag balances out trendier pieces, like the star’s fitted tie-dye mini. It’s worth investing in a classic neutral purse like this because you’ll wear it with everything. P.S. We’ve spotted Lauren toting hers like a zillion times.
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Love the look of a white handbag but worry it’ll get stained in seconds? Instead of taking the risk with an expensive purse like pristine top-handle number, snap up our cute, affordable option. The price tag ensures you won’t be hysterical the first time you spill red wine down the side.
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A crochet bag like the Tory Burch version is exactly what you want to carry all summer long. It’s roomy enough to stash hot-weather essentials, but lightweight so you won’t get weighed down.
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