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Must-have handbags for Fall 2009

Erica Mayyasi is a Red Sox fan in Manhattan. After stints at various magazines she now works full-time in public relations, though she continues to write for a number of sites including her blog

Splurge versus save: Fall handbags

A new season means new trends -- what better excuse to snap up some new handbags this fall? Here are six bag styles you've got to try, complete with save-and-steal examples of each.


A bag with this preppy, classic print adds a bold statement to whatever outfit it's paired with. Best of all, black and white go with just about everything.

 Splurge versus save: Fall handbags

Splurge: The patent leather trim and mismatched houndstooth prints give Alexander McQueen's Houndstooth Tote a rocker edge.
$1,995 from

Save: It's hard to say "no" to Clark & Mayfield's Metro Express Laptop Tote in black houndstooth, which looks infinitely more expensive than it actually is.
$89.99 from 

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