We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Python is huge for fall. I haven’t been an overwhelming proponent of many of the season’s python looks, but it’s hard for me to turn down a good, natural, neutral python bag. For me, the beauty of python is in the skin’s inherent texture and pattern, and depending on the bag, straying too far from that can spoil the fun. That’s why for our latest Save, Spend, Splurge, we’ve picked three python (or python-embossed) bags at three different price points to show off the material’s natural beauty.

Save


Lauren Merkin Allie Embossed Python Clutch, $250 via Neiman Marcus
Naturally, the best way to buy into a trend at a reasonable price is to get a clutch, and Lauren Merkin is the queen of affordable evening bags. Stash it inside your day bag and then take it out after work.

Spend


Kate Spade Nadine Snake Print Crossbody, $695 via Neiman Marcus
I’ve rarely seen a faux python bag as lovely as this one – the pattern is right, the tone is right, and it’ll fool a lot of people who aren’t exotic skin experts. (And really, who is an exotic skin expert? Not many people.)

Splurge


Prada Python Frame Tote, $4450 via Neiman Marcus
Ok, so this is a big jump in price from the Kate Spade option, but that’s what happens when you go from embossed leather to the real thing, particularly in a season when python is the thing everyone wants to have and Prada was one of the material’s strongest proponents on the runway.

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  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

    I actually like the Kate Spade option best – it is a really gorgeous design and looks very much like python skin

  • Silversun

    The Kate Spade is amazing! Thanks for the link.

  • Cristina

    I love this local small miami designer and her prices are more accesible, enjoy: https://www.christianebarbagallo.com/shop.php?id_product=8

    • Malena

      Thanks for the link! I can’t believe the prices for real python!!!

  • Pixiejenna

    Their are some great Cole Haan python bags at nordies right now, also a part of the anniversary sale to boot! I got this one for when I go to Vegas http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cole-haan-sheila-python-embossed-leather-crossbody-bag/3168573?origin=category&resultback=0 I will say the pics do not do the bag justice it really is a dark anthracite black color in the pics it looks white & black. They have a tote bag and a bucket bag I also like in the same color.

  • MauiMermaid

    I love the embossed clutch! I love the versatility in that you can definitely dress it up for going out or dress it down with a white tee and jeans, so cute! Same goes for the Kate Spade cross body, I’d rock that!
    The Prada bag-not my favorite, the gold hardware looks sort of “cheap”.

  • mimi

    Michael Kors has something similar too. :)

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  • Sophie

    These bags are all gorgeous! Why not match your bag with some snakeskin shoes, check out Lara Bohinc’s new season collection at http://www.theclothesparlour.com/

  • mermaid2

    The Kate Spade is indeed lovely!! However I was really lucky to have gotten a good deal on a lovely genuine snakeskin bag by the Italian brand Ghibli for about $425, and when I see faux snakeskin bags priced higher than that, it just makes me sigh..

  • Mae

    Beautiful snake skin bags!

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