You Budget Babes had to know this one was coming—handbags for fall! (See my fall guides for boots and coats, too.) This list was incredibly hard to narrow down. The world of hobos, crossbody bags, totes, satchels, clutches, and shoulder bags is daunting. But if you're a bag fiend like me, the hunt is equivalent to fueling an addiction. I wanted to share (okay and maybe buy…) everything I came across. However, I hope this list will lead you to one—or more—special finds for Fall 2014, while guiding you to the trends you should be looking for!
1. Sole Society ‘Ronan’ Oversize Satchel $65
Color blocked. Oversized. Satchel. It’s a three-in-one trend jackpot and its sophistication screams street style and workplace-appropriate.
2. Mix No. 6 Dazey Shoulder Bag $40
Bucket bags are still going strong, and since we associate fall and winter with darker hues, you can never go wrong with basic black as these cooler days approach.
3. Topshop Faux Fur Roll Top Clutch $50
Fashion has approved classy—not trashy—fur this fall (faux of course). Unsure about carrying fuzz around? A small clutch would be a practical way to test it out.
4. Thread Sence City Safari Backpack $64
This tan faux-leather backpack definitely channels fall vibes, plus fringe is a trendy detail on this season’s bags.
5. Nine West Double Vision Satchel $89
Snake or reptile-print on any type of handbag is a DO.
6. RVCA ‘Scout’ Denim Backpack $50
Denim + backpack = A plus for Back-to-School! Not a student? Sling this on your shoulder with a sporty ensemble.
7. Highlands Black and Red Plaid Tote $44
If you can wear plaid on your feet and drape it over your body, you bet you can carry it on your arm too! Do you dare wear it head to toe?
8. Urban Outfitters Reversible Vegan Leather Oversize Tote $59
Two reasons this bag is my favorite: the luscious green hue, and the versatility. Reverse the bag to it’s brown side and you get two bags for the price of one!
9. Jessica McClintock Antique Floral Crossbody $55
Darker florals are blooming for the coming months! This crossbody will be the perfect pop of print on a monochrome outfit or mixed with other prints.
10. Target S&L Zip Closure Satchel $60
The black & white combo is demure compared to the bright colors of summer, but still a bold compliment to the dark reds, greens, purples, and navy that come with fall.
11. H&M Messenger Bag $25
Messenger bags aren’t just for students! Plus, textiles are listed as a priority when searching for new handheld companions.