They may be of the clutch variety, but unlike gilded box pieces or crystal-encrusted minaudieres, pouches are unabashedly un-fancy. And, that's exactly why they're awesome. Thanks to their slouchier silhouettes, pouches have an effortless ease about them. If there was one accessory that defined laid-back cool, it'd be the pouch.
Case in point: Jessica Alba was snapped earlier this week, stepping out clad in a casual LBD and red flannel, and gripping a sunny yellow Kenzo pouch with the words, "Forever, No?" stamped across its face ($407; kenzo.com). Such was the statement-maker that the designer piece was also aptly oversized (bonus: it'll house all your essentials). Inspired by Alba's daytime pouch, we rounded up eight more hip options that are scrawled, embossed, embroidered, or printed with a slogan of their own.
net-a-porter.com. Karen Walker, $250; shopbop.com. Mua Mua, $350; net-a-porter.com. New Look, $25; asos.com.
shopbop.com. Madewell, $32; madewell.com. Red Valentino, $475; net-a-porter.com. Zhuu, $75; shopbop.com.