Beautiful Designer Handbags You’ll See (And Love!) This Fall

Fall Designer Handbags

Whether you’re shopping for the hottest new designer handbags or just love to look, this list is perfect for you! I’m sharing modern, luxe, and versatile designer handbags for fall…

Handbags are worth the investment because they will elevate even the most basic look. If you are wearing jeans and a tee, add a swanky bag and you automatically look more expensive! Designer bags also make an impression. They say …I mean business. If you have a great job or hope to secure a great job, dressing in a more high-end way might help you get that promotion. If you are going to a soiree that feels a bit out of your league, don’t underestimate the power of the designer handbag. You don’t have to be friends with any of these people, but with help from the bag, you can make a great impression!  (The sharp and witty small talk is on you.)

These bags are all REALLY expensive so please don’t go into debt or spend more than you can just to get a designer bag. In that case, you always go for a mid-range bag, rent your bags through sites like Rent the Runway and Bag, Borrow or Steal or look at consignment options through sites like The Real Real.

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Fall Handbag Trends

Every year there are new trendy bags that you see all over Instagram and on the arms of celebrities. But sometimes those bags aren’t the most versatile. I tried to find bags that follow some of the trends but are still very versatile in my search. Because we want to be able to carry these investment pieces for a while! Here are some of the fall handbag trends in case you’re curious! Plus, more about each of my favorite below…

  1. Minimalism – Simple silhouettes, minimal hardware, and classic shapes are IN!
  2. Chains – This is possibly the biggest handbag trend…chain handles!
  3. Hardware – Hardware (excluding the chains) is minimal this year, but one consistent theme was… locks. If you’re not sure what I mean, check out this Tom Ford bag.
  4. Back To Basics – Old classics like the Gucci Jackie bag, the Loewe Flamenco, and the Prada Cleo are reintroduced this fall into the fashion scene.
  5. Crescent Bags – Crescent bags have been on trend for a while so if you bought one in the last few years, it’s definitely still on-trend.
  6. Totes – I didn’t include any totes in my roundup but totes are BIG right now.
  7. Anything Goes – Speaking of size…pretty much anything goes right now. You can carry anything from a huge tote to a tiny bag!
  8. Furry Bags – This trend isn’t my favorite but it’s worth mentioning. Puffy, furry, shearling bags are having a moment. Even Chanel has a fun shearling bag for fall/winter.

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Chloé Kiss

This cool Chloé bag has a chic gold top hand that resembles lips (hence the name of the bag being Kiss). It also comes with an adjustable leather strap so you can wear it as a crossbody bag. The shape of the bag is really nice and the size looks perfect for the essentials!

Gucci Jackie

The Gucci Jackie bag was originally designed in the 1950s and gained popularity in the 60s and 70s. Now, in 2021, it’s picking up even more steam! I love the classic minimalism style of it worn like a shoulder bag. But it also comes with a crossbody strap so you can transition from top handle, to shoulder bag, to crossbody.

Loewe Flamenco

This is another older classic bag that was originally launched in the 70s but was reimagined in 2010. Now it’s hot again! You can carry this bag like a clutch by holding the iconic knotted drawstrings. Or attach the strap for a chic shoulder bag.

Bottega Veneta Mount

Bottega Veneta is a very popular brand right now! I have a white chain cassette bag that I LOVE. It’s the only bag I brought with me on our cross-country road trip and to Spain! The brand is known for its gorgeous chain straps. This bag has a chain strap so that you can carry the bag as a top handle and shoulder bag. But you can also use the longer leather strap as a shoulder bag. I also love the modern envelope flap style!

Tory Burch Barrel

I love some of the new Tory Burch bags coming out, including the Lee Radzwill bags! This barrel bag has such a cool silhouette I had to share! It’s the perfect size if you like your bags to fit a little more than just the essentials!

Tom Ford Bianca

How gorgeous is the gold top handle on this bag!? Combined with the gold chain strap and silhouette of the bag, it’s the perfect mix of trendy and classic!

Burberry Two-Toned Olympia Bag

You all know how much I love a two-toned bag. You can’t tell from the photo but the Burberry bag is tan and dark brown. It comes in a bunch of other colors but I think the dark brown and tan combo is the most versatile!

Gucci Dionysus

What’s better than two-toned? Three-toned! The Dionysus is an iconic bag but I love the cool color blocking on this style! You could wear this with pretty much everything!
How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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One thought on “Beautiful Designer Handbags You’ll See (And Love!) This Fall

  1. This is perfect timing! i 100% agree that a great bag can elevate any look. better to have one stunner than 20 that are meh. i’ve been eyeing the chloe tess bag for a while – i love the wide strap – and popped into neiman’s this afternoon to see it in person. it’s dreamy! but yes, definitely for essentials. i was able to fit a small wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses and lipgloss very cleanly. i love that both set of straps are removeable! timeless in my opinion. so happy to see it made your cut 🙂

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