We’ve been out and about in stores a lot lately putting together new fall wardrobes for our clients. If you are on a budget, the easiest way to update a wardrobe is with a great new bag. Of course, some of our favorites are the price of a whole new wardrobe! But, we decided to stick with the more reasonably priced options to share with you today. Remember that the size of your bag should correspond to the size of your frame. Small frame, small bag; larger frame, larger bag. It’s all about proportions, my friends!
We love the blush color in this Michael Kors Ava Satchel. Blush is the new neutral for fall and when this color explodes in all the stores in the spring, you will be one step ahead of the crowd. Plus, it’s the perfect Goldilocks size, not too big, not too small. Also available in taupe and black, but we think you should live on the edge. Available at Michael Kors, $298
Along with having one of the coolest promotional videos we’ve seen this season, the DVF Secret Agent bag makes the transition from day to evening as effortless as possible. The customizable bag features a front pocket that when zipped off; presto, change-o, becomes a clutch! Create your own look by replacing existing clutch with new patterns and colors. So James Bond. Available at DVF stores and Neiman Marcus, $398
If you haven’t already guessed, fringe is in; and not just in Texas during the Rodeo. The Fall 2015 runways were full of fringe in everything from jackets and skirts to bags and shoes. If you are afraid of looking a little too cowgirl (not that there’s anything wrong with that), check out this great bucket bag from Loeffler Randall. The soft gray nappa leather drawstring bag in a generous size will accommodate anything your weekend has to throw in to it. Available locally at Lane Knight, $395
We spotted this amazing find at Neiman Marcus Last Call. Loved the size, loved the faux snake print (comes in a faux ostrich, too); the perfect carry-on bag. And THEN, we noticed the extendable handle that makes it a rolling bag! I just hope my friends love it as much as I do, because they can expect one from me for Christmas. KC Jagger Ainsley Embossed Rolling Bag, available at Last Call, $225
This Clare Vivier Leopard Print Clutch has been on our wish list for a couple years now. Seems every time we are ready to buy, poof! Out of stock! Clutches for evening can lean towards the microscopic so we love that this bag can actually hold a decent amount of stuff and still be classy enough for evening. Trust me on this one, you will wonder how you ever lived without this beauty. Available locally at Lane Knight, $275
My husband has a weakness for shoes, especially exotic skins; one of the many things we have in common. When he told me that his favorite local “shoe guy” was selling handbags, I had to check them out. Zelli’s handbags are handmade from imported exotic leathers like ostrich, alligator and python. Of course I am always looking to add some new purple to my wardrobe and the Kate Crocodile Clutch does the trick beautifully. Available at Zelli’s Handbags, $395