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Red Carpet Trend Report: Clear Clutches, Messy Braids and Saying Goodbye to Tights

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Yes, we’re looking forward to trying these two hot-right-now red carpet trends, but what we’re most excited about is the fact that it’s just about time to stash our tights out of sight for the next nine months.

Up: Lucite Clutches. Everyone from Elisabeth Moss to Solange Knowles to Rosario Dawson, above, has been spotted carrying these crystal-clear, hard-sided bags. They look so cool and modern that we’re ready to give this trend a try, with one major caveat: we don’t have special handlers to carry the seven million things we normally need in our purse, so the effect might be somewhat less striking.

Up: Messy French braids. Braids never go out of style, but Kristen Stewart‘s Kids’ Choice Awards fishtail (see the how-to here) had everyone in the office studying YouTube tutorials to perfect the look for the weekend. Not feeling as ambitious? Emmy Rossum’s pretty style is a little easier but still feels fresh for spring.

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Down: Heavy, wintery tights. Yes, in many places it’s just a little too cold for bare legs, but after an especially long winter, we’re ready to ditch our stockings and brave the elements. Leona Lewis’s outfit might have looked cute in early January, but with April just around the corner, this look feels drab and heavy. If you still need to bundle up, try printed or bright tights — or just stick to jeans — until the warmer weather arrives.

For more on which trends to follow check out our thoughts on center parts and white heels.

–Alex Apatoff

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