We’ve heaped a lot of love onto Coach‘s line of Kristen handbags in the past, and for good reason – the smooth leather and sleek implementation of hardware really stand out from what some dubious consumers might think of when someone mentions Coach.

For Fall 2010, the Kristen line has gotten a bit racier with the Coach Kristen Studded Leather Crossbody. Because of the bag’s diminutive proportions, metallic colored leather and multicolored studding work surprisingly well.

Bags with lots of personality are always more easily digested in small proportions, and this crossbody is the perfect example of that. Its six-and-a-half inch width gives Coach’s designers just enough room to play with some very bombastic elements (colored metallics are always tricky), and the bite-size portion is just enough to be satisfying. Any larger, and these bag would be, as Tim Gunn so eloquently says, a lot of look. Buy through Nordstrom for $228.

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