The Best Winter Handbags
The Shapes: East-West Bags
Bing Shopping: East-West Bags
Rectangular satchel shapes are showing off exaggerated contours for fall. Think doctor bags and bowling bags — and the longer the better. Most offer top handles and detachable shoulder straps so you can grab, tuck or sling 'em.
The Shapes: Totes and Carryalls
Bing Shopping: Totes and Carryalls
Forget "utilitarian" chic — these are just plain chic. Handbags with serious carrying power provide the necessary size and space for fall's hip prints, luxe embellishment or a super-saturated color. These beauties make the ultimate "statement" bags.
Best Fall Handbags Big Clutches
Bing Shopping: Big Clutches
For day or night, casual weekends or the swankiest soirees, the oversized clutch purse remains a popular pick. From sleek patent leather with a minimalist vibe to fabric rectangles alive with multicolored embroidery, a large clutch handily shows off the latest trends.
Best Fall Handbags Top-handle Handbags
Bing Shopping: Top-handle Handbags
A major trend for the past few seasons, the ladylike top-handle bag returns for fall in expected shapes like the satchel, and new tweaks like crossbody mini bags or structured hobos. Keep the classic mood going with clean designs - just a hint of hardware will do.
The Colors: Deep Reds
Bing Shopping: Deep Reds
The crimson tide rolls on with a vineyard's worth of wine hues (burgundy, claret, merlot), and the couture crowd's fave — oxblood. Score your scarlet on the can't-miss canvas of a large tote, or go subtle with a sweet evening pouch purse.
The Colors: Jewel Tones
Bing Shopping: Blues
Bing Shopping: Greens
Ruby red is obviously trend-right, but just as precious are emerald- and sapphire-hued handbags for fall. Look for deep, rich tones to complement the season's darker wardrobe palette, but don't be afraid to shine with a patent purse in a gleaming jewel color.
The Colors: Fall Neutrals
Bing Shopping: Fall Neutrals-Cognac
Bing Shopping: Fall Neutrals-Taupe
While we may be tucking our neon-bright purses into their sleeper bags until spring, light can still be right in seasonally appropriate neutral tones. The freshest take? Mixed media in neutral tones, or color-blocked designs using these versatile hues.
The Colors: Black
Bing Shopping: Black
You guessed it — black is the new black, at least where autumn's new crop of handbags is concerned. Runway-ruling designers brought back this classic (read: buy now, carry forever) color, and it's especially chic in softly glowing, burnished leathers.
The Embellishments: Rocker-chic Hardware
Bing Shopping: Rocker-chic Hardware
Spiked studs, ball studs, silvery chain handles and straps - ladies, it's time to get tough. And if you can't go all-out punk princess, try just a touch of rough, such as a line of antiqued grommets edging a tote bag.
The Embellishments: Equestrian Trim
Bing Shopping: Equestrian Trim
Here's some hardware that skews truly sophisticated. Horsebit accents or closures, the subtle flounce of a leather tassel, the slight hint of Western cool in simple metal stud trim - these elegant styles will last you past next year and beyond.