Labor Day Weekend will be here far sooner than I’d prefer (only two weeks!), but with that summer-ending cloud, there’s at least one silver lining: the advent of fall dressing, which provides opportunities to both whip out some old favorites and pick up some new pieces to flesh out your wardrobe. Around here, of course, the most important thing to decide on is your fall bag.

Although I’ve got quite a few things on my wish list for the upcoming season, the bag I think I’ll end up using the most is one I already have: the my burgundy Coach Saddle Bag (which, in the interest of full disclosure, was a Christmas gift last year from a friend who works for Coach). I mad the case over the winter that saddle bags are the strongest structural choice you can make for a bag you intend to carry when it’s cold out, and I stick by that now: crossbody carry and a lack of zippers avoid a lot of the potential inconveniences of coats and gloves.

Beyond that, though, Coach’s saddle bags are particularly good. They make smart use of a compact structure with two interior compartments that expand slightly when full, and although the top flap doesn’t fasten, it’s long enough that you don’t have to worry about it shifting and spilling the bag’s contents.

The finish of these bags is also particularly luxurious-feeling (they’re lined in leather), even at the opening price point of $395. For higher prices, you can get versions with coordinating exotic straps ($795), larger sizes ($550), studded details ($450) or calf hair ($895)–a little something for everyone.

So now, you tell use–which bag do you anticipate using a lot this fall and why?

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  • Rockstud

    My Tom Ford Jennifer bag, can’t wait to use it!

    • Kristoffer

      Tom Ford pieces are stunning

  • Passerine

    Yes…I’ve bought it and plan to put it in heavy rotation starting in mid-September. But I also have my eye on this D&G bag: http://store.dolcegabbana.com/ch/dolce-gabbana/borse-a-spalla-e-tracolla_cod55013795ca.html

    • Lisa

      So pretty!!

    • Tinsley Proust

      That color is so good.

      • Passerine

        Thanks! And speaking of color, I just fell in love with this Saint Laurent bag in the deepest, richest chocolate suede.

      • Kate

        You have great taste. I love all your choices!

  • Lisa

    I’m all about burgundy for fall, too! Daytime: my Bolide 31 (which looks brighter in sunlight), and my little Chanel chevron flap at night.

    • Kate

      Gorgeous. Both stunning, but that Chanel chevron flap bag especially is insanely lovely.

      • Lisa

        Thanks, Kate! I love the Chanel — it’s the med/large size so it holds a decent amount, and the strap is long enough to wear cross-body.

    • Aurore de La Gorce

      GORGEOUS !!!!!!!!!!

      • Lisa

        Thank you, Aurore! (What a beautiful name!). Burgundy is a color I can’t wear in clothing, but it is a great accent with grey, navy and other neutrals that look better on me.

    • Tiger_Girl

      Beautiful Chanel

      • Lisa

        Thank you, Tiger_Girl!

  • Tinsley Proust

    I just ordered a Gucci Lady Web and plan to use it for fall. I chose the handstained leather.

    • Kim

      I just received the brown suede one and absolutely love it! Had every intention of getting the handstand one as well until I fell in love with this one.

  • Marianne

    I bought the Balenciaga City bag, in the color Violet prune, last month. It will be my bag for fall. To me it looks more burgundy than violet; and I think it is simly stunning!! So I am ready for fall :)

    • Kate

      Nice. I used to hate that bag, but it has really grown on me since I started reading this blog. Now it’s actually on my shopping list for next year! The color you chose sounds beautiful.

      • Marianne

        I love Balenciaga bags because they are light weight, roomy, the leather is so soft and because they look good!

    • EliCaroline

      I bet that looks so pretty.

  • Erica Deary

    I just picked up the Coach Rogue in the grey suede. I can barely contain my excitement!

    • pe.riche.

      I have been eyeing that bag! How do you like it so far?

      • Erica Deary

        I love it!! It’s a tad heavy but so worth it!!

  • Susan
  • Shevvi Crowley

    I got the Marc Jacobs Pike Place in Rubino (burgandy) during the Nordstrom sale and love it

  • Kate

    I’m squeezing another year out of my burgundy Antigona. Purchased a couple of years ago and still looks brand new. I swear that thing is indestructible. I even bought a snazzy new strap for it to wear on my shoulder because its actual strap is useless, especially when one is wearing bulky outerwear. That’s my carry-to-work bag. On the weekends, I’ll probably carry my new black Chanel Boy and my black Chloe Hudson. My husband recently bought me the Coach Turnlock baby bag in crossgrain leather (again, in black), so I might finally start carrying that as a diaper bag this Fall. Usually I just use my LV or Goyard totes with a removable insert, but the Coach baby bag actually looks quite nice. It’s the first Coach bag I’ll have worn in YEARS, many years. And that’s it. No other bags for me this Fall. With a new baby, I have to be practical and not buy anything new, but next year all bets are off!

    • Lisa

      Congrats on the new baby — and your other new “baby”, the new Chanel Boy :-) I’ve been tempted by the Hudson — love the design — but haven’t taken the plunge. Sounds as though you have a great Fall lineup this year! And I think the Antigona is timeless; you should be able to enjoy it for years to come.

      • Kate

        Thanks! Both baby and Boy are totally fantastic and beautiful. As for the Antigona, I think it could survive a nuclear blast. Definitely a good investment.

      • Aurore de La Gorce

        Yes, the Antigona never dies !

  • GQ

    i just bought the Celine trotteur and I love it!

  • Yoshi1296

    I’m into browns, oranges, and red shades lately for this fall. I’m not buying a new bag specifically for fall, but my go-to bag for the season is my Hermes Victoria II tote in cafe brown clemence leather. So luxurious and beautiful.

    • Aurore de La Gorce

      This is such a beautiful bag and a beautiful colour ! Lucky you !

      • Yoshi1296

        Thank you so much!

  • Jasmine

    Chloe drew bag in black with SHW :)

    • Kelchic

      Love the Drew and so happy there is a silver hardware version!

  • Amazona

    I think my bag closet will see me reach for my old bags this fall; no need for new ones when I have sooo many pretty bags just begging to get more wear! Black RM MAC, black DvF Voyage Tote, tan Modalu Pippa, black Pure Collection hobo and petrol AW Rocco will most likely be the ones I will be reaching for mostly. Although a tiny bit of craving for a small saddle bag is making its way into the back of my head…

  • Kristoffer

    Does anyone have a male fall bag suggestion?

    • Passerine

      My husband recently bought this messenger bag: http://fr.louisvuitton.com/fra-fr/produits/roman-mm-taiga-013307#M30608 He has it in Ardoise (dark grey)
      He also has a larger Fendi Selleria messenger bag. Likes them both a lot but the LV is his everyday bag.

      • Kristoffer

        I’m loving both! Definitely leaning towards the Fendi Selleria, but there is a bag I have been eyeing for a while but have not gotten much input on- Fauré Le Page messenger in green. I wonder if Amanda will feature them at some point?

  • Lola

    I have to choose between the Tom Ford Alix Hobo and the new Loewe hobo bag from the FW16 runway collection.
    I already own 3 TF bags (2 Jennifer & 1 Natalia). The Jennifer is IMO the best everyday bag from a luxury house ever…
    You should feature Loewe & Tom Ford. They are really great.
    Have a nice day.

  • GreenApple18r

    My mom has never owned a designer bag in her life. She paid tithes to evil churches that speak against homosexuality(that is more than 1 grand a year), and rest of the money was spent on raising her kids. Religion can be dangerous.

  • Maya

    Saint Laurent Rider bucket bag will be my friend this Fall:)

  • Mya Wilkes

    Yes i have!!!! Finally got my long anticipated Chanel Boy – in a deliciously rich looking Violet with gold hardware!!! Simply can’t stop staring at it ?

  • EliCaroline

    I really thought the Proenza Schouler small Hava bag was going to be an autumn staple, but I’ve been really digging on the velvet Gucci bags since I saw them.

    • Tiger_Girl

      I’m really loving my medium hava bag. Maybe you should get both?

  • Tiger_Girl

    My husband surprised me yesterday with an “I love you present”, a Proenza Schouler Hava top handle wine colored satchel medium. This wasn’t on my radar to buy at all. It has suede interior, chain on the inside to pull the purse gussets together and a shoulder strap. Leather is smooth and beautiful. I think he did well :)

    • Lisa

      What a sweet husband you have! And a great bag, too — the perfect combo!!