Every season there’s a new “it” bag or shape or styling detail that hits street style and disappears from store shelves. My bet on your fall bag update? A chic, ladylike top handle. Proper and perfect for day and as your office companion, whether it’s got a shoulder strap or a cross body for convenience, top handles will usher in our most feminine sensibilities. Check out a few runway examples below followed by some of the best bags to grab in stores now.
You probably won't be matching your bag to your outfit exactly like the models on Burch's runway. But picking up a printed bag like this will allow you to incorporate a motif that you hesitate to put into your outfit. Do it!
It doesn't get more chic than this. Reminiscent of a structured doctor bag, this number from Reed Krakoff has a more laid-back, modern appeal. Prepare the inside crook of your elbow, it's going to be doing some lifting this season.
Micheal Kors is known for his upscale ladies-who-lunch collections, so of course he needed to feature the top handle. This bag in pure winter white is a show-stopper. The quilted detail and mirror-like hardware give it high end style.
Not quite red, not quite purple, love the color of this bag. It's ideal for fall. And this one has a carpet bag vibe that makes me think its interior will hold all of your daytime needs and then some!
We've been loving leopard for a minute here, and are all primed for a new skin to lust after. Croc makes for super sophisticated accessories.
Again, gorgeous color that creates a departure from brown, but will look smashing with everything. And the longer strap creates carrying versatility. Definitely want to lock this one down.
I love this for a lunch meeting. Such a power color and the patent finish just feels, for lack of a better word, fancy. I can imagine this with a Hitchcock heroine look!
Mother of Pearl
Okay, I couldn't resist. I know we're talking about day bags here, but how adorable is this? More for nighttime fare, this top handle will look chic swinging from your fingertips.
Part utilitarian, part rock star, what isn't there to covet about this bag? The terms "urban jungle" and "weekend warrior" have new meaning now.
Leave it to Betsey Johnson to make a classic fun, youthful and trendy. I sort of wish I had at least one stud on everything I own. This bag could make up the difference.