You should know up front that Carey Mulligan looks slightly terrified in several of these photos; the paparazzi attention that comes with being a world-famous actress doesn't agree with her, and she seems to avoid it. Luckily for us, the paps did get a few snaps of Carey and her bag collection for our looking pleasure, and since the country (or at least the fashion industry) is currently in the throes of an intense obsession with The Great Gatsby, it seemed only right to explore the handbag choices of Daisy Buchanan herself.
Carey's collection includes more functional leather bags that Daisy's probably would - we assume she'd be more of a sparkly-little-minaudiere girl - but there's some good style inspiration for normal folks here. Based on the photos, that's how I'd bet Carey sees herself, anyway.
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Carey's Celine Luggage Tote might be her favorite bag - she was an early adopter of the massively popular design, and she still carries this leather-and-suede version to this day. Shop pre-owned Celine via Portero.
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Another longtime favorite - Carey's very loyal to her bags - is this brown Prada Cervo Deerskin Tote. Shop Prada via Neiman Marcus.
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Carey's Alexander Wang Emile Tote has also made multiple appearances over the course of several years. Pick up the black version of the Emile for $950 via ShopBop.
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Clearly, we've established a pattern: Carey loves neutral totes. Here she is with a Miu Miu Large East-West Tote. Shop Miu Miu via Net-a-Porter.
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Because of Carey's paparazzi-shy nature, perhaps the best chance we get to see her style is when she's attending an event with a red carpet. Naturally, her clutch game is tight - check out this stunning, highly detailed Roger Vivier Pilgrim Clutch.
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This Judith Leiber Wave Clutch is beautiful, of course, but how gorgeous is Carey's dress? Shop Judith Leiber via Neiman Marcus.
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Carrying Lanvin on a red carpet? We'd do the same thing, Carey. Check out her Lanvin Ouloulette Satin Brooch Clutch. Pick up a similar Lanvin clutch for $1,250 via Neiman Marcus.
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When the occasion calls for it, Carey can even make a super-inexpensive bag look good. In this photo, she's carrying a Prabal Gurung x Target Clutch to the capsule collection's launch party.
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Lately, Carey's been wearing (and carrying) a lot of super-modern black. Perhaps to distance herself from the character she plays in the omnipresent Gatsby movie? Here she's got a Tom Ford Natalia Shoulder Bag. Pick up the same one for $3,690 via Neiman Marcus.
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Carey's latest black acquisition? This beautiful Reed Krakoff Atlantique Tote. Buy the ivory version for $1,490 via Neiman Marcus.