By Andrea Cheng
Updated Nov 17, 2014 @ 8:20 am
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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; 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.

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Clockwise, from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim, $275; Karen Walker, $250; Mua Mua, $350; New Look, $25;

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Clockwise, from top left: Clare V., $210; Madewell, $32; Red Valentino, $475; Zhuu, $75;