My Style Is Simple, and These Are My Favorite Fall Handbag Trends

So by now, you’ve heard about my favorite overarching trends for the season ahead, the sweater trends I think are worth buying, the best new boot styles to invest in, and more. Judging by the headline of this article, I’m sure you’ve guessed that handbags are next—and why shouldn’t they be? In my opinion, if there’s any season for which to buy a new purse, it has got to be the year’s most stylish one: fall.  

Speaking of my opinion, however, I know that the selection can at times be overwhelming, no matter what price point you’re shopping in or what you’re looking for. So as I’ve done with some of those other categories, I thought I’d hone in on which trends I think are worth focusing your time and money on if, like me, you consider your style to be not too out-there, not too boring, just simple (and cool). Curious to see and shop what made the cut? Keep scrolling for all seven handbag trends I’m into this fall.  

1. Animal Print

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Leopard, snake, zebra, you name it! Any animal print goes, and yes, it's as hard for me to choose just one as it is for you.

2. Top-Handle

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Classic but very trendy right now. It's hard to choose favorites, but based on what's currently in my closet, this might be my number one trend.

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Fall and winter mean furr everything, and this season, that includes your purse. Whether it's through a trim or the whole thing, give your look some texture with a shearling (or faux-shearling) bag.

4. Oversize

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While I'll always be a mini-bag devotee, there's no denying the big-bag trend for the season ahead—and how functional it is for daily life.

5. Chain-Link Straps

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I'm a sucker for this trend because it really does make even the simplest bags instantly cool. Of course, the detail also complements a statement bag perfectly. 

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Mock croc is the bag trend that I hope never dies, because it looks expensive at any price and is a subtly sleek addition to any outfit.

7. Baguette

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Last but certainly not least, the baguette-style shoulder bag, which has been trending hard for a few seasons, continues to gain traction into fall with more and more covetable styles coming out every week.