Perhaps the easiest way to update any outfit is with the addition of a sleek new handbag. Even a plain white tee and jeans can be made to look supremely chic if you pair them with the right tote or crossbody. Here you’ll find the seven hottest fall handbag trends to give your wardrobe a super stylish boost, no matter your budget.

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1. Baguette Bags

The ’90s style has evolved into a slightly more rounded, more structured variation, although the OG nylon styles are definitely still en vogue as well. Bright colors and patterns give this silhouette a fun Y2K vibe that may be popular with TikTok fashionistas, but there were many more sleek, neutral-hued baguettes on the arms of editors and influencers at fashion month. We especially love sporting them as part of a monochrome ensemble.

Shop the trend: BP ($29; $19); JW Pei ($32); Anthropoloige ($90); Staud ($250); Coach ($325)

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2. Mini Styles

During the past year we’ve gotten used to leaving the house with just the essentials (wallet, keys, phone, face mask) to pop over to the grocery store or for an outdoor dining date, and even now that offices and schools have been opening up, we’re still keen on maintaining this pared down lifestyle. Petite bags of all types are set to be a major trend for fall and winter, but the most coveted of all might just be Telfar’s mini tote, which is the perfect size for carrying just the basics and nothing extraneous.

Shop the trend: Anthropologie ($90); 10Month ($129; $110); J.Crew ($148); Tory Burch ($598)

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3. Cloud Pouches

Bottega Veneta started a major trend with its cloud pouch clutch, which debuted more than two years ago. The slouchy, puffy design has since trickled down to other (more affordable) brands, meaning there are tons of variations to choose from—large, small, brightly colored, snakeskin, with a chain strap, as a handheld clutch, you name it. The world is your cloud-inspired oyster.

Shop the trend: My Accessories ($35; $23); ASOS ($32); Nordstrom ($99; $60); House of Want ($78); Loeffler Randall ($295; $207); Mansur Gavriel ($495; $347)

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4. Top Handles

Ladylike handbags and structured top handles are making a comeback in 2021. This is one trend that works for a variety of different sizes as well, with adorable mini options, mid-sizes and even larger totes. Pair yours with either a tailored suit or a boho midi to offset any “prim and proper” vibes.

Shop the trend: River Island ($68); JW Pei ($99); Louise et Cie ($378; $170); Neely & Chloe ($238); Cuyana ($295); Tory Burch ($798)

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5. Gold Chain Handles and Straps

This classic will never go out of style, but it’s having a particularly big moment right now. The best part is you can opt for whatever silhouette you like best—crossbody, satchel, baguette, tote—so long as it comes with a gold chain strap. If you really want to lean into the trend, opt for chunkier links over delicate ones to make a bigger statement. Literally.

Shop the trend: Ego ($27); House of Want ($98); Zac Zac Posen ($195); Yuzefi ($390); JW Anderson ($825)

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6. Slouchy Totes

Unstructured carryalls that can flop, fold and slouch to form a more fluid shape are the way to go if you want a larger bag. The best options for fall 2021 come in unexpected shapes, like trapezoids or exaggerated rectangles, or with bold textures, like woven leather or puffer quilting.

Shop the trend: Everlane ($58; $34); Street Level ($51); Shiraleah ($80); Madewell ($158)

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7. Puffer Bags

Perhaps inspired by Bottega Veneta’s cloud pouch, puffy bags reminiscent of our go-to winter coats have been popping up left and right on the arms of fashion editors and influencers, and we only expect the trend to grow as the weather gets colder. Stick to smaller shapes (the above crossbody is about as large as we suggest) to avoid looking like you’re carrying an extra layer of outerwear, and neutral hues over bright shades or patterns to keep things extra chic.

Shop the trend: Topshop ($34); MZ Wallace ($145); Madewell ($168); A.W.A.K.E. Mode ($380)

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