Versus Black Leather Safety Pin Shoulder Bag

While we take this week to enjoy the last gasps of the summer, we’re also looking toward fall, and we bet that you are as well. To that end, we did some thinking about what handbag everyone really needs to have in her closet for Fall 2013, and there’s really only one answer: a crazy one.

5 Fall Bags

The sale season is beginning to die down, and as the summer clothing leaves the shelves, our favorite e-tailers are restocking with the first taste of fall goodies. I try to add at least one new bag to my collection each season that can be added to my accessories repertoire immediately, and today I’ve found five fall bags that will transition from fall to winter in a beautiful way.

Balenciaga Papier Ledger Zip Around Tote

In general, it doesn’t bother me that so many designers have been “inspired” by Celine to adjust the gusset structure on some of their new bags. When a silhouette becomes so widely adored and connects so strongly with high-end customers, other brands would be silly not to explore whether it would be worth implementing in their own designs.

Camouflage Bags and Shoes

It’s taken me longer than many to come around to the idea of camouflage as a viable accessories trend. Like I mentioned when we took a closer look at 3.1 Phillip Lim’s camo bags (which I, admittedly, kind of liked), it’s a print that I’ve prided myself on hating for years on end, and I didn’t see that changing anytime soon.

Black and Blue Bags

Normally the phrase “black and blue” doesn’t bring about positive thoughts, but when it comes to handbags, “black and blue” is both entirely lovely and a big color trend for fall. If you like the modern, slick look of all the black-and-white bicolor bags out there right now but need a bit more color in your life (or if you’re scared to carry a bag that has significant white portions), then black-and-blue is perhaps your best bet when it comes to a transitional piece.

Designer Backpacks

There comes a point in a trend at which resistance is futile. At that point, even if you don’t like or understand the trend and don’t intend to spend any of your own personal dollars following it, you’re at least going to have to put up with encountering it regularly for the foreseeable future.

Black and White Check Trend

Black and white bags (and indeed, entirely black and white ensembles) have been a certifiably huge trend for a little while now, but lately, something even more specific has emerged: black and white check bags, clothes and shoes. Most of us are probably familiar with the look on a classic pair of Vans slide-on sneakers, but the checkerboard and its variants have hit the big time with brands like Givenchy and Proenza Schouler.

Miu Miu Grained Leather Clutch

It’s not especially often that clutches get a trend of their own. Normally, the small, hand-carried bags are beholden to the whims of the handbag game at large and take on whatever texture, embellishment or print trends are dominant at any given moment.

Muted Animal Print Bags

When I spoke to Net-a-Porter fashion director Holli Rodgers a few weeks ago regarding Pre-Fall and Fall 2013’s big accessories trends, she expressed a bit of a reticence toward animal prints, and leopard in particular. In fact, Rodgers reported that she had tried to make it through the whole buying season without adding any leopard-print bags to the Net-a-Porter fall roster, although that didn’t quite come to pass.

Dolce & Gabbana Glam Floral Raffia Bag

[Editor’s Note: We’ve teamed up with Rachel Zoe’s team at The ZOE Report to bring you their take on the season’s most covetable handbags and accessories. Below, they’ll get you summer-ready with raffia!]

Forever obsessed with beachy-cool accessories, a chic raffia handbag is at the top of our shopping list for the summer season.

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