By Raquel Parks

Handbags are the perfect complement to any ensemble. They accentuate an entire look while also providing convenient, storage for a woman’s daily necessities. There are many handbags to choose from for any occasion and are that worth falling for this season. Here are some of the fall must-have-handbag styles to shop for:

A clutch is small enough to fit in your hand and easy to carry without the bulk. But don’t let the size fool you because the clutch can add the right touch of glamour or edge to any outfit! Clutches range from dressy to casual and are ideal in cases when less is better. Whether you’re attending a wedding or out on a date, the clutch makes the perfect companion.

Alexander McQueen – De Manta Clutch
The De Manta Clutch fits perfectly like a glove but it’s guaranteed to grab attention. The clutch is made of leather with a top zip closure. It has a fold-over shape, gold hardware, and button accents. This bag is chic yet edgy. The De Manta Clutch is sold in green and beige at Saks Fifth Avenue at Somerset for $695.

Somerset Collection

2801 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 643-6360

RAGE Official Launch Party - Red Carpet

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Shoulder & Satchel
Satchels are versatile and always needed during the everyday hustle and bustle. It’s important they look fashionable and be easy to carry while on the run.

Michael Kors – Erin Medium Shoulder Bag
The Erin Medium Shoulder Bag is a stylish and perfect two-in-one handbag for when you’re on the go. This handbag is made of soft leather with a silver chain handle and pleated at the top. A chain dangles from the bag with the “MK” logo. The bag also comes with a 21 inch strap. The Erin bag is both fashionable and functional for life’s everyday schedule. The Erin Medium Shoulder Bag is available at Macy’s in bright blue or black for $228.

Macy’s Eastland

Eastland Center
18000 Vernier Road
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(313) 245-2200

Colors & Prints
This season is all about color and print patterns. They’re fun, playful, and add just the right amount of attitude to any outfit.

Red Valentino – East-To-West Bow Tote Bag
This leather tote boasts of bold color yet looks classic enough to wear in a professional setting. The Red Valentino East-To-West Bow Tote Bag is made of Kip leather with a small bow on the front. The splash of color and classic structured-style makes it fun and classy without doing too much. The East-To-West Bow Tote Bag is sold in bright pink and nude at Saks Fifth Avenue for $765.

Barbara Bui – Rainbow Python Handle Bag
Barbara Bui unveiled several handbags in her Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2012 collection for Paris Fashion Week. However, it was the rainbow python bowling handle bag that popped on the runway. It’s a youthful, fresh, and colorful bag that would instantly wake-up any outfit. If you’re looking to be fashion-forward, then there’s nothing better than having this colorful, unique bag from Bui’s Spring / Summer 2012 collection. For more information on the availability of the Rainbow Python Handle Bag, visit Barbara Bui’s official website.

The Classics
There are some handbags that are timeless and never go out of style. Whether you’re keeping it casual or dolled up, you can’t go wrong with a classic bag to carry you throughout the seasons.

Louis Vuitton – Speedy 30 Monogram Canvas Bag
The Speedy 30 Monogram Canvas Bag is one of the most popular and top-selling bags by Louis Vuitton. The spacious inside, small rounded-handle , and gold hardware gives it a simple yet versatile, stylish look. The Monogram leather and signature shape is what makes it timeless. The Speedy 30 Monogram Canvas Bag is available for $775 on the Louis Vuitton website.

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles - Red Carpet

(credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)

Coco Chanel – Classic Flap Bag
Chanel’s Classic Flap Bag is basic yet elegant enough to pair wear with a pair of jeans or a cocktail dress. The braided-chained, long strap makes it easy to carry. It’s made of leather and has a box-stitched pattern with the signature logo made at the center of the turn-lock closure. It comes in various colors and sizes. The Chanel Classic Flap Bag is available on Chanel’s website.

Have fun making your selections from the amazing handbags available this season!

Get more fashion advice from Raquel

Raquel is a Michigan native with a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She loves fashion and writing about life’s everyday stories. She has written for various local publications that include Dearborn Press & Guide and Detroit Fashion Pages. Raquel also writes for her own local events blog, Metro Diva Pages. You can visit Raquel’s blog at and follow her on Twitter @MetroDivaPages.

  1. Andym says:

    That’s a great collection of handbags, very pretty and ultra trendy.

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