Fall’s Hottest Handbags

The weather might be getting colder, but fashion is totally heating up! Now that the beach bags have been put away, it’s time to shop for that perfect fall purse. Jamie Thomas, Trend Director of Stylesight, outlines which bags to keep our eyes on.

The “Speedy” Satchel (right) This trend is inspired by the classic Louis Vuitton “Speedy,” and smaller proportions on the bag are key. Sequin embellished monograms add a luxe dimension to the body, while sleek leathers and plush fur add texture. Look for contrast piping if you want that extra pop!

The Investment Bag - Classic top-handle styles have a timeless, high-quality vibe that will never let you down. The shallow, solid handles featured on this style can be accented with hardware fastenings. Rigid frames add structure to soft buttery leathers and larger bases. Look for neutral colors like camel or black if you’re planning to splurge!

Kenneth Cole Bolt Around Tote, $348

The 70s Shoulder Bag - Evolved from the mini cross-body, the 70s shoulder bag now has a larger, squared body. This style makes rectangular shapes look new with pared down, minimalist pouches. Slim leather straps are key. Try a fun neon or jewel tone if you’re up to it!

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J. Crew Cambridge Satchel Company Fluorescent Satchel, $170

The Chic Chain Bag – Make a statement with shoulder chain straps that stand out in gold and dark silver. These pint-sized messenger styles look fresh in classic quilted velvets and leathers, but you can also go with tonal tweed for a flash of fall. For a new take on the traditional look, look for double chain handles.

Charlotte Russe Leather Cross Body Bag, $14.50

The Tailored Clutch - Portfolio clutches invoke oversized silhouettes and even come as side pouches for easy use. Look for clean-cut shapes in exotic leathers, velvet and suede. Patent animalistic prints create an edgier look, while smooth leathers lend a minimalist air with fewer embellishments.

BCBG Harlow Snake-Embossed Envelope Clutch, $78

The Luxe Tote - Luxury totes have evolved from the spring season with richer materials for a wintry re-mix. Color-blocked, calf hair bodies and graphic plaids look fresh for fall. Smaller silhouettes work well for daytime, while slouchy volume offers a sporty feel.

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Tilda Large Tote, $348

The Lush Fur Bag - Long-haired, unruly pelts are new for winter bags but couldn’t look or feel more purr-fect! Long pile fur makes a statement, while artificial colors mix with true natural hues. Tailored clutch styles add texture to any ensemble.

Kate Spade Carriage House Massie, $378

Which size purses should every woman have in their closet? Every woman needs something big and something little in their closet. Anything like a tote or a satchel is perfect for the day and for carrying all the essentials around. For night, less is more. A clutch to carry lipstick, keys and cards is a staple in any woman's wardrobe.

What type of purse would be a great, classic investment for this fall? A woman's focus has returned to her career, and clothes and accessories have completely reflected this movement. The tailored clutch is perfect for carrying a tablet filled with portfolios in a sophisticated way. These clutches can be worn on their own or tucked away inside a larger tote. Either way, professionalism is key to this look.

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As one of Stylesight's Global Trend Directors, Jamie Thomas keeps her antenna up on all the daily happenings in the design industry. She offers exclusive insight into the connection between all elements of trend; from developing consumer behaviors, design megatrends and forecasts, to global street styles.

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