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My Favorite Fall Bags

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This fall, I have seen–and fallen in love with–bags that seem to have their own identities. These totes, clutches, backpacks, and shoulder bags have real personalities… talk about statement pieces! These are some of my favorites:

One important trend this season is bright colors. This purple suede highlights the jewel tone trend and makes a modern classic even more modern.
Proenza Schouler magenta
Structured bags are functional, but they also create crisp, stylized lines.
Reed Krakoff structured bag
A variation of the structured bag is the doctor’s bag. This doctor’s bag is highly styled, but has more of a casual feel than other structured bags.
Chloe doctor's bag
Structured bags like to go out at night, too. This box clutch lends a rock-and-roll element to this lady like bag with its brass knuckles. The built in skull and gem rings are like instant accessories!
Alexander McQueen brass knuckles clutch
One staple shape of this season is the shoulder bag. It hangs calmly next to you, like a trusty sidekick.
J Crew shoulder bag blue
Backpacks can have personalities, too. The patent leather detailing takes this large backpack from lazy to lovely.
Pierre Hardy backpack
Leather brings a little sass and flare to what could be a dull duffle bag.
Victoria Beckham leather duffle
This season, pattern mash-ups are a-plenty, so go with a patterned tote and don’t worry about “matching” your outfit.
Totem salvaged tote
For a modern pattern, try stripes in a bold color.
Marni vinyl tote
And then there are animal prints and envelope bags… there are always animal prints no matter how much I wish they would finally go away!
J Crew animal print
Plaids are one of the biggest patterns this season. The black and yellow wool fabric brings a punk-plaid down a notch and makes it cozy.
Newbark plaid weekender
Lace is always a good choice, even for day. This pattern is both demure and provocative.
Dolce & Gabbana lace
The ultimate in patterns? Pop art. This Lichtenstein-like bag is loud, and I want to listen. P.S. The Lichtenstein exhibit is coming to The National Gallery! I saw it at The Art Institute of Chicago and will be attending the show again in DC.
3.1 Phillip Lim pop art bag
Patterns aside, a bag can take on a life of its own through exciting or rich colors. Oxblood/Burgundy is the color of the season. This is the bag trend I’ll be sporting this season!
Chloe oxblood
Pales are gentle and give your entire outfit a subdued, pleasant quality and an extra dose of sophistication.
Cole Haan pale
Finally, metallics and iridescent colors make bags pop and your outfit shine.
J Crew metallic
What Fall Bag are you going to buy? I hope my choices have given you some inspiration!

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