It's that time of the year, when browsing for new handbags feels just as exciting as shopping for school supplies (minus the letdown, once classes actually begin). From bejeweled clutches to sumptuous fabrics, this fall it's all about luxe touches and glam features. If you're into embellishments, this season the details are more precise, the fabrics more textured, and the glam factor is up the roof. And for those of you who would rather stay minimal (yes, there are a select few) there are several sophisticated additions waiting for you to pick them up. Anxious yet? Relieve yourself by scoping this season's best and brightest below.
The Glam Pouch
Bring decadence into evening glamour with Gucci's retro-inspired paneled gold-tone clutch. Straight off the runway, this beautifully bejeweled clutch slides perfectly into its mahogany crocodile pouch — can you say super-luxe — to keep your evening essentials close to hand. Wear this pouch on your shoulder with cocktail separates and redefine evening glamour.
Christian Louboutin's take on punk chic is the end all, be all of luxurious shoulder bags. Accented with a sweet bow, and toughened with a patent leather trim, studs and chains, this flannel shoulder bag makes for a statement piece that is feminine, fierce, and subversive.
Already spotted on trendsetters like Rachel Bilson, Coach's Legacy Leather Duffle is everything you want for an everyday bag. Elegant, spacious and simply gorgeous, this update on a beloved Coach silhouette is meant for the chic and understated. Minimally accented with decorative tassels and an archival Coach foil-stamp logo, this leather bag has the look and feel of a Coach classic. The carnelian hue adds an extra punch to fall's bold colors and styles.
The Statement Tote
Everyone needs a statement tote. Need ideas? I recommend this carefree glamorous snakeskin print tote from Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent. The exotic print lends this casual bag both edge and glamour, while the canvas keeps it ideal for everyday wear. Not only is this tote toteally stylish, it's also very practical featuring adjustable embossed-leather straps, a pocket-divided interior, and 3 additional pockets. It's one of the less expensive options included here, retailing for under $300.
The Fall Cat
DVF's much lusted-after Harper bag gets the fall treatment in a spotted luxe panel of cheetah print hair calf. Framed in rich leather, this super spacious hobo makes for an exotic daywear bag that transitions easily into evening. Brushed gold hardware gives this bag a sophisticated touch that is both alluring and mature while a dangling tassel feels both playful and fun.
There is no better way to describe this Rebecca Minkoff tote than minimally cool. This sturdy leather tote comes in a fall-esque two tone hue with seam detailing, for a sophisticated but casual combination. Large enough to hold all of your essentials, this roomy bag makes for the ideal carry-all that you will be hanging on to all season long.
The Wine Bowler
Just when you thought Jimmy Choo's Justine couldn't get any better, fall hits you with its grape-hued version. Crafted from a luxurious pairing of sumptuous suede and supple leather, this structured piece is the perfect accessory for looking fashion-forward and stylish from morning to night. Not only is this bold bag striking in the aesthetic sense, its compact silhouette makes for a spacious design for all of your day and evening essentials. Because of its classic bowler silhouette and bold hue, this all year-round bag makes for quite the investment.
The Modern Lady
As summer winds down and fall takes wind, upgrade your wardrobe with polished pieces like this croc-embossed tote from 3.1 Phillip Lim. The epitome of contemporary elegance, this bag is both cool and striking. Its gray and black palette is not only elegant but also feels fresh year round.
The New City Bag
Slick and sporty, this super cool "it" bag from Marc Jacobs is the ideal accompaniment to your urban wardrobe. As roomy as it is contemporary, this bag will elevate city looks while keeping you organized on busy days. Now, what more can you ask for in a bag?
The Green Box
Clutch on to one of this season's most glamorous evening bags for a luxe addition to any ensemble. Bottega Veneta's signature evening arm candy looks even more alluring and sexy in green satin, showcasing the house's signature intrecciato workmanship. A great addition to this season's grittier palette.