Fall Handbag Preview: Clutches & Satchels Galore


From Left, Cooperative Lady Bag ($49) // BR Bettina Satchel ($250) and Phoebe Printed Envelope ($50) // Old Navy Foldover Clutch ($23) and Armani Exchange Slouchy Crossbody ($128) // aldo Parkers Bag ($60) and J.Crew Claremont Clutch ($158) // Zara Leather Shopper with Zips ($179)

As the week goes on, I save items for Belle’s Weekly Favorites until I’ve built up enough pieces for a post.  But last week, I noticed that every item I was saving was a bag.

You see, I have a small handbag problem.  Some women like shoes.  I like handbags.  Clutches, satchels, totes, crossbody bags, shoppers, etc.–I love them all.  Here are a few fall handbags that caught my attention.

First from the left, we have a top handle bag from Cooperative at Urban Outfitters.  It’s versatile cognac color and clean lines are sure to please.  If you’re looking for a top handle bag, I would also check out this Street Level bag in kelly green and this Brahmin Delphine Bag.

In the second column, we have a stunning forest green bag from Banana Republic (also comes in red, tan and a gorgeous black and white).  Definitely waiting for a 40%-off sale to pick up this gorgeous thing.  And I adore the snow leopard print on the Sole Society bag.  If you’re looking for a leopard purse, try this foldover clutch from Stefani Bags or this tote from Sole Society.

The third column shows a tan AX satchel for traveling or weekend use.  I also love these inexpensive Old Navy clutches because they are perfect for storing makeup, pens or other essential inside my larger purses without making a mess.  And they’re much cheaper than the pouches Rebecca Minkoff sells.

Colorblocking is a trend that’s still going strong and with pretty bags like this one from Aldo, it’s easy to see why.  Prefer a little color in your colorblocking?  This Milly bag is grey with a hint of blush and this inexpensive Rachel Roy tote mixes navy and snakeskin.  I’m also obsessed with orange right now, so this clutch is perfect for me.  Though I may not be able to resist this Michael Kors messenger.

Finally, we have this modern, wine-colored bag from Zara.  Awesome.  There are a lot of pricey designer bags being made in this deep purple color, like this Anya Hindmarch and this Jil Sander, so it’s great to see a more accessible bag in this gorgeous shade.

So what handbags are you loving for fall?  Or are you saving your money for shoes?



  1. amy b.s. says:

    how did you know i am in search of a new bag!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  2. Kate says:

    I’ve been eyeing that BR Bettina satchel, but I ended up purchasing the Kate Spade Five Points Camille ( in the sale yesterday. I still might buy that BR bag if there’s a good sale.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  3. s says:

    i am not really in the market for a purse right now, but i love this leather scallop bag from ASOS:

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  4. Alex says:

    Still loving my bag from Lo & Sons that I bought a year ago. It matches everything, fits everything, and is really light weight and organized. LOVE IT

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  5. Emily says:

    I love this timely round-up. I look forward to needing more professional handbags when I’m an actual professional.

    I recently picked up a Coach cross body at my local outlet mall at a very discounted price ( I had been looking for a small brown leather weekender bag for a very long time.

    I am still eyeing the baggu small leather pouch in plum ( as a fun little fall pop of color to my bag accessories.

    But my everyday fit it all tote from Neiman Marcus Last Call is still receiving compliments (…&ncx=n&uEm=%%affiliates%%&ci_src=14110925&ci_sku=prod10130010skuYLWLUG) even though I purchased it forever ago. Surprisingly the yellow works for both fall and spring.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  6. Erica says:

    Just snagged this in the Kate Spade Surprise Sale – love it!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  7. M says:

    1) Kate Spade surprise sale is going on right now and isn’t a bad place for a new bag.
    2) I loooooooove wine… Both the drink and my favorite color. I will be thrilled if its abundant in stores this fall. My wallet will not be thrilled.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  8. Ella says:

    Belle, I love the crossbody bag trend, but I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for how to best navigate a crossbody bag with a larger bust. I’ve always been told not to separate your two breast friends, so is there a way to wear them without drawing undue attention?

    August 8, 2013/Reply
    • Maharani says:

      I have the same problem and usually avoid cross bodies. One I have works, a small Coach satchel with a thin strap I wear when walking in the mornings, and another black Fossil that holds stuff I need to preflight a plane….it is black and functional, medium thinnish strap. I think a longer, thin strap barely works with a large bust as it angles differently, the bag hangs lower and the strap is less visible. Other than that I avoid this style-it really only works if you are flat chested, like everything else in fashion.

      August 8, 2013/Reply
      • Emily says:

        Goodness, I hadn’t thought about that. I’m the girl who posted about her new Coach crossbody, and I have a larger bust. So far I’ve just worn it on one shoulder, and not across my body. I plan to continue that plan.

        August 8, 2013/Reply