The throw-and-go bags of summer are replaced with structured, feminine handbags this fall. Look for structured totes and framed satchels with a bit of texture. Quilted patent, pebbled leather and exotic skins rule the day. This python framed tote from Prezzo is an amazing buy at just $62.00 at eBags. This structured bag comes in four terrific colors and has zippers on the bottom to expand its capacity. This quilted satchel from Express is also a nice choice. At just $69.90, this supple black bag is a fantastic buy.
Versatility is the name of the game. This season, you can find amazing handbags that can convert from clutches to handheld to shoulder bags to crossbody. For the office, look for a bag with a top handle and a shoulder strap for multi-carrying options, as well as plenty of pockets to keep all your necessities on hand. The Big Buddha Marianne features double handles with a 6-inch drop and an optional shoulder strap with a 24-inch drop. This bag offers an exterior front flap pocket and numerous other pockets inside. You can get this Big Buddha bag right now at eBags for just $90.
We saw plenty of fur on the runways of Fashion Week and that trend has carried over to the streets this fall. Look for faux fur bags that mix different textures and hardware. The Peekaboo Crossbody from Nine West is a hot choice. You might have seen this bag in Vogue's June/July issue. It features a beige faux fur body, sueded front flap, brass lock and chain hardware. This trendy bag is big on style without the big price tag. It's only $59.00 at NineWest.com and ships on October 19, 2010.
Hobo bags features a slouchy shape and can come in every size imaginable. For fall, look for a medium to large hobo in suede as the perfect everyday bag. If you want something conservative, pick chocolate brown or charcoal grey instead of basic black. To add a blast of color to your look, choose a suede hobo in fuchsia, mustard or turquoise. This Lucky Brand Theodora suede hobo measures 17 inches wide — big enough to carry all your essentials. It comes in your choice of Purple Haze or Ultraviolet at Zappos, and is priced just under $100.
Yes, animal prints are back again this season. Leopard, giraffe, zebra...anything goes. If you've never gotten into the animal print trend, a handbag is a terrific way to do it subtly. You can carry a leopard print clutch with everything from your favorite little black dress to a chocolate brown sweater to a cream suit. This Steve Madden leopard print frame clutch is under $50 at Endless.com and features angular pleating for a unique touch.
Other handbag trends for fall include ladylike bags with ruffles, lace, crystals and other feminine details. And in contrast, military-influenced handbags — particularly in camouflage — are also fierce choices this season. If you are going to add just one handbag to your wardrobe, make it green. Green is the hottest color for fall in shades from bold emerald to deep forest green.
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