by Jacqueline Zenn
For awhile, there was a new â€œitâ€? bag every season. The Fendi baguette, the Louis Vuitton Multicolore, the Balenciaga Moto â€” and the list goes on. Now, these bags are amazing, but its definitely not so great seeing your expensive new bag knocked off for a tenth of the price on Ebay. You will also definitely not be the only one with your new it bag, so there goes the uniqueness factor. However, there are so many beautiful bags out there now, you can have a stunning, original, and stylish bag, and you can even get each of these looks for less.
Do you want to fit everything and the kitchen sink in your bag? Then the new big bags are for you. These bags are generally a larger version of classic totes and hobo bags, and they are typically slouchy, soft leather. A bag like this one by Carlos Falchi would soften up a structured suit or add a luxe touch to any outfit. Because they are so useful and versatile, you can find gorgeous oversize bags at virtually any price this fall.
One part tough rocker chick, one part elegant lady â€” what’s not to like? Appropriate for every occasion, studded and embellished bags draw lots of attention, so they will be the focal point of all your ensembles. Since they are so eye-catching, you won’t need as many other accessories, and this is important, because these bags do tend to be a little costly. All that ornate trim adds up! This one by Bulga is great for a casual look, and Michael Kors’s more structured variation on this look would be perfect for the nine to five.
Yes, the metallic look is still going strong. This season it is more subdued, however. Think burnished, softly glowing metals instead of bright and shiny. The style is best in colors like antique gold, pewter, or copper, and it works in virtually every shape. Like the embellished bags, these are eye-catching pieces, and you should always make your jewelry and shoes don’t clash with it. One at a time is a good rule for metallics. This copper Yves St. Laurent is amazing for day or evening, and on the other end of the spectrum, H&M has some cute metallic pieces.
Designers are still wild about animal prints and fur trim, and these work particularly well with fall and winter clothes. Treat animal print like a neutral â€” you’ll be surprised at how many things work well with leopard or zebra. Coach has a great zebra ponyskin bag trimmed with brown suede, Dolce and Gabbana did a leopard and camel leather satchel, and you can also find cute animal print totes at Old Navy or Nine West.
These fringed and embroidered bags are perfect with cowboy boots, jeans, and other casual pieces. They’ll add a funky touch to all your basics, and most of them are made of distressed leather that will only look better with age. Botkier did a beautiful olive leather one with long fringes, and you can even find fringed barrel bags at Target.
Always ladylike and always classic, crocodile bags are more popularb than ever. Try one in an unexpected shade, like this turquoise Liz Claiborne tote. Exotic materials like lizard, python, and even sharkskin are also gaining ground. These do tend to be pretty expensive (like the Chloe Silverado), but there are brilliant faux versions, which have the added bonus of being animal friendly.
You don’t have to spend 3 months rent on a bag to be stylish. Although some of these bags have pretty hefty price tags, there are lower-priced versions of all of them at places like H&M and Banana Republic â€” they are making some pretty luxe bags. Don’t just go for the â€œit bagâ€? this fall, get the special bag that makes you smile every time you use it.