Bags are the most undervalued accessories on the planet. They are among the most useful pieces of fashion as they can hold everything one would need, and come in an array of sizes, designs, shapes and materials. Fashion is not always accommodating of pragmatism, but a bag is indisputably advantageous. When fashion and function meet, the results are nearly always spectacular and the sheer number of available options is staggering to think about. These fall/ winter 2016-2017 bright, bold, colorful designer handbags are a must to invest in right now if you want to instantly elevate your looks with the help of a single accessory (the Gucci bag from the featured image is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, and similar options at Net-a-Porter and MyTheresa.com).
1. Gucci GG 2.0 Medium Quilted Shoulder Bag
A Gucci bag is always popular and the sheer number of options provided by the brand makes it nearly impossible to not find one you like. This medium quilted leather shoulder bag is the perfect size if you do not need to carry too much and it is decidedly beautiful to look at. The bag comes in black, pink and mystic white leather with the identifiable Gucci double G icon on the front of the magnetic snap flap closure. The bright pink option is perfect for fall 2016 and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
2. Saint Laurent Monogramme Kate Croc-Effect Shoulder Bag
The smaller bags with a tassel always have an audience, but they are definitely on trend right now. The rich forest green of the leather along with the croc-effect appearance is embellished with the iconic YSL logo plaque in the center. The silver shoulder strap is an adjustable chain that can be set at two different lengths. The front flap fastens with a snap and is just the right size to carry your essentials. Purchase yours at Net-A-Porter!
3. Fendi ‘Mini 3Jours’ Shopper Bag
Fendi is one of my personal favorite brands, and always has been thanks to my grandmother who has very good taste. The Fendi Mini 3Jours bag is artistic in its design and capable in its capacity, although in general the size of the bag is considered to be small. The convertible strap can be taken off and the bag comes in 6 different colors. You can get yours at Nordstrom.
4. Mansur Gavriel Sun Bag
This Italian made handbag is cute and nearly dainty with a bow tied in the front. The interior is raw with two pockets; the composition of the bag is a very soft suede. The color is rich and beautiful. The sun bag is a beautiful designer bag and it is available at Moda Operandi.
5. M2Malletier Mini Amor Fati Shoulder Bag
The Mini Amor Fati leather shoulder bag features a sleek style and a magnetic snap closure in the flap. The architectural design includes a “needle” handle that is equally cool and functional. All of the bag’s hardware from the adjustable strap to the handle is silver. This fall 2016 designer bag comes in pastel pink or Ivory and features leather lining. Order yours at Saks Fifth Avenue!
6. Chloe Georgia Leather Shoulder Bag
This bag is structurally beautiful with its curved shape and claret style that is enhanced by the smooth, deeply dyed lamb leather. This bag comes in four different colors with the logo stamped into the leather in a shining gold. The interior is a soft suede that is separated into two compartments. You can purchase yours at Net-A-Porter.
7. Kate Spade New York Cami Cross-Body Bag
The Kate Spade New York Cami cross-body bag is a petit, boxy bag made of cowhide leather with a lined interior. The flap has a hidden snap closure, while the outside has the Kate Spade New York logo embossed onto it in gold. Get yours at ShopBop!
8. MIU MIU Leather Shoulder Bag
The endearing quality of Miu Miu designed accessories is that they stand on their own as much as with other pieces. This rectangular bag comes with a shoulder strap, or can have the strap removed to be carried as a clutch. There are two lined pockets. This bag can be purchased at MyTheresa.com.
9. Marc Jacobs ‘Small Recruit’ Pebbled Cross-Body Bag
This small-capacity bag comes in 5 vibrant colors with a detachable cross-body strap. The outside has two pockets – one with a zippered closure, the other an open, slip in designed outside pocket. The texture of the pebbled leather bag feels great beneath the hand. Get yours at Nordstrom!
10. Prada Pionnière Two-Tone Shoulder Bag
This is my favorite bag on this list of the best fall 2016 colorful designer handbags. The beautiful two-toned leather in a combination of mustard and dark brown is strikingly beautiful with the gold hardware. The shoulder strap is a wide, eye catching canvas, which has been called the key detail for fall 2016. The bag features a flap closure with a hidden snap. You can purchase yours at Net-A-Porter.
11. Valentino Small Lock Flap Bag
This Valentino bag has so many beautiful details against a strong color like Water Rose. The leather bag features fabric lining and pyramid stud gold tone details. The chain-style shoulder strap looks great on or off the bag. The bag has a flap lid with a push lock detail. You can get yours at Fwrd.com.
12. Marni Trunk Bi-Color Cross-Body Bag
This Marni bag has an outside pocket on the front and black matte leather on the back for contrast. The bi-color designer bag has three compartments and gold-toned sleek hardware and an overall compact design. You can purchase one at Matches Fashion.
13. Kenzo ‘Kalifornia’ Tote Bag
One of the boldest and brightest designer handbags for fall 2016, the Italian made Kalifornia tote has an overall interesting look with a removable shoulder strap, top handles, zippered and latch closure and lots of organizational pockets. The metallic hardware is interesting to look at as each of the zipper pulls spell out ‘Kenzo’. The angled front zipper pockets and back zippered pocket offer quick outer storage options. You can get yours at Farfetch.
14. Gucci GG Marmont Shoulder Bag
Gucci’s hot pink, calf leather GG Marmont bag is punctuated by vivid leather hearts on the front, flanking the antique gold-tone finished GG plaque when the bag is closed. The back features metallic leather lips on the back and the shoulder strap is a gold-tone metal sliding chain. You can soon get yours at Matches Fashion.
15. Roksanda Signature Bowling Bag
Roksanda certainly created an interesting bowling bag for the winter 2016 season with the tobacco colored, pebbled calf leather of this larger bag. The handle is a gold-tone metal loop that complements the circular cut-out on the front. Overall it is elegant and minimalist. Purchase yours at Matches Fashion!
Photos courtesy of @sarah.dnz, Net-a-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue