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Bags for Any Occasion: Featuring Fall 2011 Trends

Updated on January 13, 2012

Fall 2011 Handbags

Fall's rage: 2-tone handbags
Fall's rage: 2-tone handbags | Source

Handbags may be classified as accessories but ask any ladies and they’ll tell you they’re more than that. It’s an indispensible part of the ensemble—a package deal, if you will. We need to lug around a handbag—big or small, long straps or clutch close to our body, slouchy or sophisticated, classy or casual—we feel more secured if we have one close to our body. After all, it helps to hold everything dear to our hearts—our makeup, our check book, our wallet and our secret stash of gums or a pepper spray just in case. Function aside, handbags can add splashes of fun to the outfit or complement it, create a certain look or reflect a certain mood.

So, don’t ask why we need so many can get pretty sappy or superfluous but know this, handbags are as essential as putting on your shoes when you go out. And just as you don’t wear one kind of shoes for everything, you don’t tote the same kind of bag everywhere you go. There are varieties and thank goodness, there’s a bag for everyone and one for every occasion.

Fall 2011 handbags are also big on texture--here--a satchel with bicolor tightly woven leather.
Fall 2011 handbags are also big on texture--here--a satchel with bicolor tightly woven leather. | Source

Types of Handbags:


Need a bag with some structure to it, yet not too stuffy to be sophisticated at the same time? Satchels come to mind—they have a more defined body and they spell sophistication and class. Usually, they have double handles and a flat bottom and some come with a strap as well so they can be converted to a shoulder bag if needed. Whether you’re looking for a mid-sized or boxy shape, satchels are great to tote to work or a business meeting.

Nothing says fall like the rusty orange hue of this luxurious yet highly functional hobo bag.
Nothing says fall like the rusty orange hue of this luxurious yet highly functional hobo bag. | Source


The hobo handbag has a street swagger on its own. It’s the embodiment of everything relaxed and casual. It’s the perfect purse for hanging out with friends, scouring street markets or going on the shopping spree with your BFF. Its signature crescent or half moon shape also makes it roomy and it will sit well against your body. Hobos are quite evergreens, they are easy picks and transcend trends and seasons.

Coah's Tote is big enough to tote a beach ball if you want.
Coah's Tote is big enough to tote a beach ball if you want. | Source


The ultimate carry-alls, totes are quite purely utilitarian. Of course, it can be chic but totes exist to make life simpler and more functional—there’s so much room inside, you can even throw a water-melon in, if you so wish. Luxe-leather, straw, canvas or leather—totes can morph into beach bags, shopping bags or gym bag. A good tote bag should have wide handles to handle the stress of lugging a whole bunch of stuff.

Gucci's messenger bag is polished and stylish.
Gucci's messenger bag is polished and stylish. | Source

Messenger Bag

Originally, messenger bags were used in the transportation of goods or mail by postal workers, Pony Express riders, bicycle couriers or the ancient messengers on foot. Now, the messenger bag with its characteristic long strap that can be slung over the shoulder and across the chest, so hands can be free to do whatever is an urban fashion icon. It’s hip and cool to slung a messenger bag and go about your day’s business, especially if the business at hand requires both your hands. Students love these as they can easily tuck a laptop and books inside.

Jason Wu's Crossbody is the toast of envy.
Jason Wu's Crossbody is the toast of envy. | Source

Crossbody Bag

Quite similar to the messenger bags, crossbody bags can also be slung across the torso to free hands. Whereas messenger bags are mostly rectangular in shape, crossbody handbags can be in any shape and they’re usually smaller than messenger bags. Whether they come with drawstrings, zipper or flap, crossbody bags are casual, fun and functional.


Celebrities carry minaudiere to premieres and gala events—small evening bags embezzled with precious stones and jewels. If bedazzled is not your style, there are good-looking ones adorned with semi precious stones, metal, fabric or leather.

Selena Gomez is  holding a hot pink Laurenzia minaudiere.
Selena Gomez is holding a hot pink Laurenzia minaudiere. | Source
Miu Miu's oversized clutch bag with rich texture.
Miu Miu's oversized clutch bag with rich texture. | Source

Clutch Bags

Handbags with no handles or straps have to be clutched (quite naturally) and hence the name. That said, there are some that come with cool handles. They make good evening bags and clutch bags are quite the trend now.

Fall Trends

Take the cue from the change of seasons to update your handbag wardrobe. Every fall features handbag trend and this fall’s handbags are wild, bold and glam.

Rich Hues

Think tangerine, purple, yellow, metallic blue and red—allow these bright hues of colors to add some life to your getup. There is nothing more pleasing than a pop of color to light up the gloom of cooler weather.

Metallic Colors

Gold, silver and bronze can enhance basic wardrobe choices. They add glamor and richness.


Many runway models sashayed down the fall runway with the two-toned bags—tan on black, black on white, etc. They are more interesting than basic color and what’s more –they are classy and timeless.


Animal and snakeskin prints are quite on-trend this season. Sizzle up your outfit with fun, whimsical animal patterns and unleash the rocker in you. That goes for texture as well, think rich and tactile chic.

Blake Lively's pale tan leather tote complements her outfit well.
Blake Lively's pale tan leather tote complements her outfit well. | Source


Classic colors—nude, cream, beige—are timeless and they work well with everyday settings. This fall color of choice is tan.

Disclaimer: These are fashion ideas. However, no one should tell you how to rock your ensemble. Confidence is the only constant that plays up what you wear and carry.

Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.


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  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    thanks, Shannon, glad you find it useful.

  • Shannon Paigah profile image

    Shannon Paigah 

    6 years ago from Irvine, CA

    Lots of useful information. Voted up! Thank you.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    Lady E, I'm with you--I hope Santa is reading this as well. I need him to show up big time:)

  • Lady_E profile image


    6 years ago from London, UK

    Beautiful Bags - They are so simple and classy. I would love a few of them. I hope Santa is reading this comment. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    kimho30, haha-no bags at all will be quite the best way to move around but being ladies, we have loads to tote. Some clutch bags have handles now--I've seen really stylish ones with cool handles. Thanks for commenting.

  • kimh039 profile image

    Kim Harris 

    6 years ago

    Mostly I prefer no bag at all. When I do carry a bag it's a big hobo bag in black or brown leather. Clutches are nice for formal affairs but I'm afraid I'll lose it so I put important things (lipstick) in a knee high or thigh high sock if I don't have a pocket, and leave the clutch locked in the car!

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    MM, always good to see you. I like the hobo too--my favorite. Thanks for dropping by to read n to vote it up.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    Om, I can definitely see you with a messenger bag--dashing here and there. I like hobo too. Glad you stopped by to comment.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    Thanks, Anesak, for dropping by to comment. I agree--fall is definitely the season to spice up our wardrobe--handbags included.

  • Movie Master profile image

    Movie Master 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Great hub, the Hobo is my favourite and I enjoyed reading about all the styles!

    voting up and thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    Charlotte Blum, I used to be a one-bag girl too. Now, I'm beginning to realize that one bag doesn't go with all occasions. I agree that bags have to go with your body shape and type too. Thanks for adding to this hub with your comments.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    Nice hub. Hobo and messenger bags are my favorite. I think clutch bags are also super cute but not practical for me. I usually carry my little laptop, camera and a few other things around with me, so a clutch bag is way too small for all my stuff.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    Thanks, Shelly McRae, for your positive feedback. Have a great weekend.

  • AnesaK profile image


    6 years ago from USA

    Great info! Fall is definitely the "it" season for upgrading one's style. I also love the color choices/ combination tips for the bags. Hobo is my favorite type of bag, by far. Thanks :).

  • Charlotte B Plum profile image

    Charlotte B Plum 

    6 years ago

    I never really knew what the difference between a hobo and tote bag was! This hub gives be a better idea, and the miniaudiere! I'm a big bag person so I can't imagine carrying such a tiny one, haha. Also, I am a one bag girl, and I use my bag until it falls apart. But I really really enjoyed this hub! =) Thanks for writing it!

  • Shelly McRae profile image

    Shelly McRae 

    6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Delightful hub. Good commentary on the different styles. Thanks for sharing.


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