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Stars can carry a lot of baggage—and we're not just talking about failed marriages or stints in rehab. When it comes to accommodating busy, jet-setting lifestyles, an Hermès Birkin bag is the carryall of choice for many leading ladies.

Just how significant are the luxurious totes? New mom Kristin Cavallari gave fiancé Jay Cutler a baby, and he gave her a gray Birkin in return. (Talk about a fancy diaper bag!)

Kristin Cavallari steps out with baby Camden

It's no surprise the celebrity set opts for the roomy bag—it was, after all, named after actress Jane Birkin, who back in the '80s reportedly complained about needing a purse large enough to suit her travel needs.

Since then, Birkins—whose wait lists can run up to six years and whose price tags can clock in at a hefty $50,000 or more—have emerged as stylish status symbols.

Even when paired with casual ensembles, à la Olivia Palermo or Cavallari, the Birkin speaks volumes about its wearer—even with the absence of any logos.

So, what do you think of the pricey purses? Is it silly to spend so much money on a single item, or is a Birkin bag a fashionable investment?

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