For fall, handbags come in several styles, supple textures, luxurious fabric and polished details. No matter what their shape, this season’s handbags are big. To help you choose the perfect one, here’s our guide on where to buy fall’s hottest bags.


A bag with clean lines and buckle details will polish a professional look.

Wear a structured bag with this season’s flat boots to give your outfit an equestrian yet elegant touch. Grommets and studs add a slightly edgier feel to a structured bag, but work well with urban and mod looks.


Bags made from crocodile and snake skins add texture to even the most basic T-and-denim ensemble. Skin can be real or faux, but make sure to get a bag in one of fall’s popular colors, like deep chocolate, or one with velvet details. These bags look and feel glamorous; wearing one with a voluminous skirt or high-collared blouse adds drama to any outfit.


Loose and soft describe these bags, which are super-trendy right now. Boho bags are oversized and a little slouchy, which works well with casual styles. They’ll go great with your prairie skirt or a crushed velvet coat.

To find a bag that will last throughout the year, try buttery leather in deep blue, raspberry or black.


Embroidery, velvet, fur trim, feathers and tassels are hot for fall. Choose a style that works with your current wardrobe to complement your ensembles.

If your style is flirty and fun, try a fur or feather trimmed bag.

Professional women can bring the sumptuous velvet and romantic embroidered styles into the office and out for cocktails.


Knits and chunky tweeds make warm and cozy fall bags. Knit handbags in rich creams and gray colors will work for fall and into winter. Wear an oversized knit bag during a weekend brunch with a chic denim jacket and corduroys.

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