Splurge vs. Steal: Fall's Hottest Handbags

You don't have to spend a fortune to carry fall's hottest handbags. Check out our splurge-and-steal gallery to find the trendiest looks at both high-end and low prices.
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 04, 2008

1 of 10 Lauren Merkin

Designer Lauren Merkin is a clutch-making queen. We’re especially obsessed with the elegant Louise style in cobalt blue. The framed clutch has an antique quality with a modern color twist. Buy it for $200 at laurenmerkin.com.

2 of 10 Top Shop

Get the look of Lauren Merkin with this stunning, faux snakeskin clutch, $65, at topshop.com. The metallic blue is both trendy and chic.

3 of 10 eluxury.com

Great designer bags don’t need a label. It’s easy to see the quality of the leather and bright gold hardware on this classic hobo bag. The $350 Juicy Couture Hipster Bag is available online at eluxury.com.

4 of 10 jessicasimpsoncollection.com

Get the look of the Juicy Couture classic with this $108 Jessica Simpson tote at jessicasimpsoncollection.com. It has the same classic leather, bold hardware and trendy color. But it’s a third of the price.

5 of 10 Pink Mascara

Kooba’s Halle Handbag is the perfect mix of modern cowgirl and trendy chic. We love the chain strap and the across-the-bag zipper. It’s trendy, but classic enough to last from season to season. Buy the bag for $495 at pinkmascara.com.

6 of 10 ebags.com

If the Kooba seems just too pricy for a trendy piece, consider the adorable
Madison Patent Leather Evening Bag, just $39, at ebags.com. It has the trendy chain strap and tough-girl leather. We love the pretty purple color too.

7 of 10 eluxury.com

This simple off-white Marc by Marc Jacobs tote is one of our favorites. It’s tough enough to throw in the backseat of your car, big enough to carry everything you need, yet chic enough to carry into the office. Buy it for $158 at eluxury.com.

8 of 10 Forever 21

This bright yellow bag might not be the best for work, but the style captures the exact vibe of the Marc Jacobs bag. Plus, yellow is still one of the chicest colors of the season. Use this bag on the weekend when you’re grabbing lunch with a friend. It’s available for about $18 at forever21.com.

9 of 10

The chic cross body bag is the ultimate in relaxed cool. The strong hardware and soft leather are tough yet polished. Buy it for $478 at forzieri.com.

10 of 10 delias.com

This cheap and chic bag has a roughed-up vintage feel some ladies will pay big bucks to acquire. Get it for $36.50 at delias.com.