If you’re looking for a fresh new handbag for fall, here’s the scoop on the latest trends in color, fabric, styling and details.
Fall handbag fabrics
Shades of wine
The hottest color in handbags this fall is wine. Deep, rich burgundy and bordeaux suede, leather and other materials are perfectly suited for the season.
Seen here: Burgundy Drawstring Lock Backpack (TopShop, $66)
Animal prints have been hot for a few seasons now, and we’ll see more of the same for the fall. From dainty framed bags to soft suede hobos, we’ll see every style of purse in animal prints.
Seen here: River Island Animal Print Lady Handbag (ASOS, $69)
While croc-embossing is hot, quilting is the most popular texture in handbags this fall. Top designers such as Marc Jacobs, Dior and Lanvin are all offering their own versions, but you can also find bargain bags in quilted faux leather.
Seen here: Marc Jacobs Cooper Quilted-Leather Shoulderbag (Net-A-Porter, $895)
Fall handbag styles
Oversized shoulder bags take a step back in favor of smaller handheld bags this season. Your bag shouldn’t be so small that you can’t carry your essentials, but it also shouldn’t be large enough to carry your sweater, either.
Seen here: Kate Spade Mott Street Fisher Bag (KateSpade.com, $345)
You’ll find the store shelves filled with ladylike satchels in classic shapes with prim and proper accents such as lace and bows. These lady-chic handbags are the perfect complement to fall’s feminine full skirts, peplum dresses, ruffled blouses and silk suits.
Seen here: Brighton Cleo Bow Satchel (Zappos, $325)
Chic and cool, the envelope clutch works for day and night. A little larger than your standard evening clutch, this style of bag will take you from the office to the club without missing a beat.
Seen here: Portfolio Envelope Clutch (ASOS, $34)
Fall handbag details
You’ll see delicate chain straps on every type of bag from leather hobos to everyday shoulder bags. This season, we’ll see them combined with high-gloss patent leather in rich colors — that wine, violet and cobalt blue so hot right now.
Seen here: Venus Chain Hobo (Neiman Marcus, $143)
When the weather cools down, out comes the fur (and faux fur). Look for handbags adorned with soft fur details in rich chocolate and creamy white. Don’t overdo the fur, though: When carrying a fur-trimmed bag, skip the fur coat.
Seen here: Stuart Weitzman Faux Fur Trim Shoulderbag (Nordstrom, $575)
Flap satchels, drawstring totes and structured crossbodies are all popular now. This fall, we’ll see them embellished with belted accents and buckles — simple details that take a plain bag from ordinary to extraordinary without much fanfare.
Seen here: Faux-Leather Belted Hobo (Old Navy, $27)