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At first glance, the clutch seems impractical—it can barely hold a set of keys—but that's because you're thinking of it as a carryall, not what it really is: a bauble with purpose. It's just as eye-catching as a pair of chandelier earrings, but unlike jewelry, it discreetly holds your bare necessities.

When shopping, make a fist around your cell phone and stick it in a prospective clutch. If it fits, the handbag should have just enough space for your night-out essentials, dubbed "PMILK" by sartorial minimalists: phone, money, ID, lipcolor, keys.

Clockwise from top left: Rachel Rachel Roy Impulse Small Frame Clutch, $59; Macys.com. Shagreen Embossed Minaudiere, $88; CWonder.com. Lila clutch by Tinley Road, $85; Piperlime.com. Monique Clutch in Coral, $98; BananaRepublic.com. Mina Cage Clutch, $128; BCBG.com.

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