20 Classic Bags for Fall

Purses are a simple way to update your look for fall. From colorblock styles to ladylike structure, this season's bags have a vintage edge with modern twists.

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Splash of Red

Brighten up fall's typically somber palette with an elegant red bag.



Coach, $300; net-a-porter.com

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Doctor, Doctor

Faux snakeskin gives an edge to this retro doctor bag, which is easy on the eyes and on your wallet.



Aldo, $38; aldoshoes.com

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Class Act

Don't let the ladylike shape of this handbag fool you—the ostrich leather, bamboo details and braided strap are unexpected and playful.



Elaine Turner, $350; elaineturner.com

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Crocodile Rock

Let reptile print shine with a simple shape and a goes-with-everything gray hue.


Dooney & Burke, $425; dooney.com

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Vintage Touch

You don't have to prove you're a lady with this polished purse, which says it all.



J.Crew, $238; jcrew.com

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Wild Side

All business on the top and party on the bottom, this tote makes for a seamless transition from the office to a romantic dinner.



Ann Taylor, $248; anntaylor.com

Courtesy of Ann Taylor

Black and White and Cute All Over

A classic, over-the-shoulder purse gets reinvented with skinny stripes and equestrian-inspired buckles.



Kate Spade, $275; katespade.com

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To a T

We can't decide which we love more, the vintage-inspired needlepoint print or the sweet gold padlock.



Tory Burch, $465; toryburch.com

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I Love the '80s

The black patent leather and delicate gold hardware snagged us, but it's the cheeky flap top (disguised as a handle) that makes this a must-have.



Milly, $265; neimanmarcus.com

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Cutting Corners

We can't say no to color blocking—plus, the red leather detail gives just the right amount of sass.



Rebecca Minkoff, $495; rebeccaminkoff.com

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The Do-All Carryall

This versatile tote has enough room to stash a book (or the latest tablet). The forest green hue lends an extra dose of luxe.



Diane Von Furstenberg, $425; dvf.com

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Feeling Groovy

A fresh breath of air from the sea of designer monograms, the Gucci emblem gets a playful, 70s-inspired makeover.



Gucci, $795; netaporter.com

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Modern Patchwork

The only thing better than a colorblock bag? A python colorblock bag. From the exquisite clasp to the delicate chain, this purse will take you through fall and beyond.



Chloé, $2,995; saksfifthavenue.com

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Step aside, fire-engine red. Maroon steals the show with this oversized and minimalist doctor's bag.



Jason Wu, $2,495; kirnazabete.com

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Lock and Key

A utilitarian cross-body bag gets a luxurious makeover with warm gray leather and gold hardware.



Marc Jacobs, $795; bergdorfgoodman.com

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Colorblock Code

With plum, navy and beige, this purse is a colorful accompaniment to just about any fall ensemble.



Fendi, $2,200; bergdorfgoodman.com

Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Seeing Red

Simple and elegant, a satchel in rich red is a foolproof option.



Banana Republic, $130; bananarepublic.gap.com

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Flirting with Fuchsia

On occasion, more is more—this clutch pulls out all the stops with patent leather, crocodile texture and a deep pink hue.



DKNY, $175; net-a-porter.com

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Drawing to a Close

Drawstring bags aren't just for gym-goers. Add an unexpected hint of casual-cool to your average tote with this pick.



See by Chloé, $595; shopbop.com

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Saddled Up

The buckles have an equestrian feel, but the pale suede takes this satchel from the stable to the office.



Asos, $119; us.asos.com



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First Published August 11, 2011

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I think it's sad that most women don't spend the kind of money on updating their entire wardrobe for the amount of money you are talking about spending on a single hand bag!

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