Team Wardrobe Therapy’s Top Handbag Picks: Fall/Winter 2016

We’re at it again! This week our team collaborated on our top must-have handbags of the season, landing on 3…er…ish shapes, and pulling a few examples of each to showcase which bags we love at a deal that feels like a steal, would LOVE to splurge for, or we are just ready to snag!



Backpack vs. Bucket

I love the backpack…maybe because it’s easy with the stage of life I’m in! It has style, and yet it’s so practical for my littles too.

Splurge: Rebecca Minkoff $295 Steal: Topshop $60


Saddlebag vs. Crossbody

 I just can’t choose…these are two of my favorites, and really so interchangeable! I love the ASOS, as it is so reasonable.. but has so much style!
Splurge: Suede Rebecca Minkoff $175 Snag: Madewell Fringe Crossbody $149 Steal: Asos $46


Slouchy Hobo vs. Structured Satchel

The hobo wins for sure. I’m a sucker for a slouchy bag. It’s just my style. I just retired a black hobo that made me smile for 5+ years!

Splurge: The Row, Neiman Marcus $1190 Spend: MM6, Farfetch $210



Backpack vs. Bucket

I’ve been carrying my beloved Milly bucket bag for months and still adore it. But I’m all about the backpack right now and am coveting ALL of these great bags! The Zara with the faux fur detail? Well that will do! And bonus, the H&M steal is the best of both worlds–bucket AND pack!

Splurge: meli melo, Shopbop $560 Snag: Zara $59.90 Steal: H&M $34.99


Saddle Bag vs. Crossbody

Always been a crossbody girl, but these saddle bag styles are giving me life. The Michael Kors shearling bag? I’m obsessed!

Splurge: MICHAEL Michael Kors, Shopbop $298 Snag: Madewell $138 Steal: French Connection, Asos $56


Slouchy Hobo vs. Structured Satchel

Though I love the slouchy hobo style, I’m really a sucker for sleek, sharp lines and these structured handbags are calling my name. Especially loving the ladylike elements in texture and color with these two beauties.

Splurge: Kendall + Kylie, Shopbop $298 Steal: Zara $49.90



Backpack vs. Bucket

Who remembers the Nylon Prada Backpack? That bag was one of my all time favorites! Light as a feather. Über chic. Practical. It was more than a trend, it was the bag of the decade. It’s time to bring back that beauty. Here is my attempt to substitute, as I foolishly gave mine away a few years ago–Ouch. The Maiyet option is a splurge item for me; this beauty would be equally appropriate going to the Opera or a Rolling Stones concert. Love it.

Snag: MZ Wallace Marlena Bedford Nylon Backpack $385 Splurge: Maiyet Lamu Suede Backpack $1695


Saddle Bag vs. Crossbody

I am looking for some tiny options with some spunk. These caught my eye!

Steal: Zara Quilted Crossbody $39.90 Snag: Yellow Zara Crossbody $69.90 Splurge: See by Chloe $295


Slouchy Hobo vs. Structured Satchel

I love a slouchy bag. You can carry everything but the kitchen sink, and still look cool.

Snag: Poverty Flats, Visio $88 Splurge: Plinio Visono Leather Hobo $389


And a little bonus because we LOVE texture

Top (Splurge): Fur Oliveve, Shopbop $415 Bottom (Snag): Suede Elizabeth and James, Saks $118 Right (Steal) Velvet Zara $49.90

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Christy Walsh

Christy graduated with a degree in fashion merchandising from Kent State University and with a master’s degree in marketing and communication from Franklin University. She worked as a visual merchandiser for Columbus-based tween brand Justice and Fortune 500 Columbus-based retailer Abercrombie & Fitch before joining Wardrobe Therapy. She lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

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