Handbags. They’re the most important accessory in your outfit next to shoes, and whether you are more of a tote kind-of-girl or like to keep it classy with a satchel, this season is not disappointing in offering up some drool-worthy designer bags. But, like too much of a good thing, feeding your addiction of the best of the best can be very expensive, which is why we made a list of the top fall handbag styles. The only thing left for you to decide is if you want to splurge or save.
Splurge: Chloe Black Beaded Sally Clutch, $1300.00 from SSENSE.com
Glam up your outfit with this pebbled leather clutch that will make you feel like a million bucks. Detailed with olive, black and pale gold beads, this clutch stands out from the crowd and its gold tone flip-clasp closure is sophisticatedly designed that you might otherwise not mind the steep price tag. If you want the perfect IT clutch for your many upcoming holiday parties that you will be attending this season “ this is the clutch for you.
Save: Aldo Gold Clutch $45.00 from aldoshoes.com
If you like the glimmer and sophistication of the Chloe clutch, but don’t want to spend your whole month’s rent then you’ll be happy to know that this golden and black patent chain-link strap bag will give you all the effects of glamour and sophistication under 50 bucks.
Splurge: Proenza Schouler Ps1 Large Black Satchel, $2225.00 from SSENSE.com
No matter what the trends are for the fall season “ you can never go wrong with a black handbag. Never. This classy black satchel by Proenza Schouler is the perfect investment handbag to have this fall. From the structurally designed front pocket flap, two side buckles and sturdy leather carry handle you’ll appreciate how versatile, yet stylish this bag is, which is perfect for those of you who need a bag that you can carry around with you all day.
Save: Forever 21 Buckled Shoulder Bag $47.80 from canada.forever21.com
Seeing this buckled shoulder bag is heaven sent “ especially if you can’t really afford the splurge option. It has similar accents to the Proenza Schouler, which is just by chance, of course – but is very good for us! You’ll definitely love the distressed faux leather material and the gold-plated twist closure, but you’ll also love the fact that it will fit all of your necessities, all while being stylish enough to tote around to work or any occasion.
Splurge: Mulberry Mini Lily Metallic Snake Suede Shoulder Bag, $465 from SSENSE.com
This bag may not be on cue with the usual tonal fall colours were used to see during this season, but this fall the colour rules have changed. So forgot your dark tones and try something a little more bright and feminine like this shoulder bag from Mulberry that has everything a girl needs in a handbag. Snakeskin print? Check. Gold accents? Check. Pink and gold tones? Double check. This is the perfect bag to carry around for a day downtown or to pair with a LBD.
Save: Aldo Snakeskin Print Clutch, $34.98 (on sale) from aldoshoes.com
Leave it to Aldo to give us a beautifully designed snakeskin clutch that looks just as good as the splurge option. Although the print is a different colour, this clutch still exudes the same sophisticated style designs of the Mulberry Mini, what with its similar gold accents and metal gold chain strap. This is the perfect alternative if you want to jump on the snakeskin train, but not pay the big bucks.
Splurge: Yves Saint Laurent Medium Calf-Hair East/West Bag, $2800.00 from SSENSE.com
Any variation on the gold and black leopard print is a good variation, as you can see with this sophisticatedly designed weekender bag from the one and only Yves Saint Laurent. This bag is the perfect finishing touch for casual outfits or trendy unique outfits that call for a creative but practical handbag. And what’s even better about this bag is that it’s made in Italy – so you can bet that the quality and workmanship of this bag is completely worth its big price tag.
Save: ZARA fake fur Messenger Bag $59.90 from zara.com
Okay, so this bag doesn’t have mix prints but it does offer a leopard print that is both chic and soft on the hands, what with its faux fur top and all. This cute messenger bag is perfect for anyone who isn’t quite ready to give up their prints for a whole season and who isn’t quite ready to mix two prints together like the daring and creative designers at D&G. Pair this bag with a simple, yet sophisticated outfit like black pants and a white blouse and let the bag be your standout piece.
Splurge: Alexander McQueen Maroon Suede Heroine Tote, $2225.00 from SSENSE.com
You can’t have an IT fall list without including one of the most wanted fall colours of the season. If you haven’t heard or seen already, Oxblood is a very appealing colour this fall (despite its somewhat unappealing name). If you’re a fan of the colour and the Alexander McQueen fashion dynasty, than this is the tote for you. Although it isn’t exactly the Oxblood colour, this maroon bag is very close to the popular shade. No unnecessary bells and whistles. Just a beautifully designed suede tote that has a subtle yet classy leather trim that will make you happy that you invested in such a coveted handbag.
Save: ZARA Shopper Basket $79.90 from zara.com
This ZARA variation is also right on cue with Oxblood colour trend this fall – only in a slightly darker shade. It also takes cues from colour blocking with the sleek black strip at the bottom. Not only is this save option going to save you money, but this wide basket-inspired handbag is also perfect for those of you who carry your whole life in your handbag, and still look fashionable while doing so.