Color is a bit of a tricky proposition for cooler months; brights can feel inappropriate, and as much as I’m a fan of aggressive season-pushing when a piece is amazing and just must be worn immediately, the reality of winter is that even most people who love brights have to embrace darker, more neutral colors, at least for a few months. Fall has spring beat in the texture department, but what’s a color-lover to do?

This year, jewel tones are the way to go. In particular, oxblood was nearly inescapable on the Fall 2012 runways, and it’s a beautiful alternative to more mundane neutrals like brown. It’s richer, more noticeable and combines well with gold hardware, all of which makes burgundy and oxblood ideal for fall handbags. Brands from Louis Vuitton to Madewell have jumped on the bandwagon, and we’ve combed online retailers to find your best bets for fall’s biggest shade. Check out our picks after the jump!

Fendi Small Messenger, $985 via Neiman Marcus

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  • http://twitter.com/thechicaddict Jessica Stensrud

    Such a gorgeous color.


  • Bianca Grogan

    That is a great color… Love Love Love! http://www.shopperstherapy.blogspot.com

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    The Mulberry Tassel Satchel – to die for!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DRIPPENDOWN Drippen Down
  • nnenna1881

    the gucci and the Mulberry slam dunk this…That gucci bag is making me dream…aargh

  • ilovesatchels

    My fav is the LV Sofia Copolla …. that is just the best shade of oxblood.

  • Catherine Tan

    Love the color. Fendi bags are starting to grow on me.

  • ralph lauren

    Hi,cool.These bags are so good.my name is ralph lauren.This’s my website:http://www.polo-ralph-lauren-pascher.eu/
    There are many beautiful clothes.

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