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.
Brighten up fall's typically somber palette with an elegant red bag.
Coach, $300; net-a-porter.com
Faux snakeskin gives an edge to this retro doctor bag, which is easy on the eyes and on your wallet.
Aldo, $38; aldoshoes.com
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
Let reptile print shine with a simple shape and a goes-with-everything gray hue.
Dooney & Burke, $425; dooney.com
You don't have to prove you're a lady with this polished purse, which says it all.
J.Crew, $238; jcrew.com
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
A classic, over-the-shoulder purse gets reinvented with skinny stripes and equestrian-inspired buckles.
Kate Spade, $275; katespade.com
We can't decide which we love more, the vintage-inspired needlepoint print or the sweet gold padlock.
Tory Burch, $465; toryburch.com
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
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
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
A fresh breath of air from the sea of designer monograms, the Gucci emblem gets a playful, 70s-inspired makeover.
Gucci, $795; netaporter.com
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
Step aside, fire-engine red. Maroon steals the show with this oversized and minimalist doctor's bag.
Jason Wu, $2,495; kirnazabete.com
A utilitarian cross-body bag gets a luxurious makeover with warm gray leather and gold hardware.
Marc Jacobs, $795; bergdorfgoodman.com
With plum, navy and beige, this purse is a colorful accompaniment to just about any fall ensemble.
Fendi, $2,200; bergdorfgoodman.com
Simple and elegant, a satchel in rich red is a foolproof option.
Banana Republic, $130; bananarepublic.gap.com
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
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
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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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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