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In the clutch

Sometimes a purse is simply too big for your outfit. Pinch hit with a clutch. They pack a punch. They're fashionable, chic and are perfect for the essentials: cosmetics, credit cards and keys.

The steal

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The Big Buddha Kiara Clutch has a great price. It's also ideal for the animal-conscious fashionista (it's made of vegan leather). Shown in cognac, it is also available in red.

Find the "Kiara Clutch" by Big Buddha for $38 at K Staton, 1007 W 36th St., No. A in Hampden, 410-400-9113, kstaton.com.

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Trendy

Alexander McQueen's knuckle clutch lives on today in this far less expensive version. Available in crystal skulls or spikes, this clutch packs some trendy attitude. It adds a little punk to any demure ensemble.

Find the Alexander McQueen knuckle clutch for $50 at Cupcake, 813 S. Broadway St. in Fells Point, 410-522-0941, cupcake-shop.com.

Splurge

Talk about a showstopper: This clutch by Sarah Cavender Metalworks is perfect for the avant-garde. The mesh metal design is trendy and also reflects the futuristic feel of fashion. If that wasn't enough of an endorsement, Cavender, a Philadelphia-based designer, has had her creations appear in Vogue, Mademoiselle, InStyle and Glamour. She's legit.

Find the Sarah Cavender Metalworks for $380 at Octavia II Cross Keys at 94 Village Square in the Village of Cross Keys, 410-323-3066.

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