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Top-Handle Clutches Are Having a Moment in Hollywood: Are They Stylish or Stodgy?

09/27/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

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Words that we typically apply to our night-out bags: Sexy. Glittery. Bright. Fun. Festive. Words that we rarely, if ever, apply to our night-out bags: Businesslike. But that may change soon, if these stars are any indication.

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Within the last week, Jessica Biel, Emma Roberts and Salma Hayek have all opted for briefcase-inspired designs to complement their red carpet attire. Biel’s Mark Cross was the most literal interpretation of the look — it truly looked like she could covertly drop off a few stacks of hundreds with her borrowed-from-the-boys style. (And for what it’s worth, most of you voted this look a “hot mess.”)

Roberts’s B Brian Atwood had the same boxy shape and top handle, but the gold accents feminized it a bit — not to mention the satin-and-lace dress and red heels with which she paired it. And Hayek’s fit in well with her graphic black-and-white ensemble at Paris Fashion Week — it gave a little ’50s punch along with the glasses and the Pollock-inspired print.

With menswear still one of the hottest trends out there, we have a feeling this may catch on pretty quickly. Would you give this staid look a shot? And if so, whose look would you most likely imitate: Biel’s literal look, Robert’s über-girlie outfit or Hayek’s mod styling?

–Alex Apatoff

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