Your Fall Study Guide: Vogue September Issue Bags

By: Morgan Robinson

Your Fall Fashion Commandments have Arrived!


Every year, time flies by unsuspectingly, and eventually our much loved summer wardrobe begs to be replaced with a chic, autumn arsenal. Thankfully, the almighty September issue of Vogue arrives just in time to help us navigate through the latest fall trends. This year’s issue entitled “Forces of Fashions” especially provokes us to pay attention to the major changes in the industry influenced by celebrities, social media, and entertainment. The whole 832-page issue right from the sultry cover of Beyoncé to the Last Look is one big visual feast scattered with our favorite stars. However, let’s dive in and dissect what we’ve all been dying to know – what direction are bags heading in this season?

Take a look at this issue’s bag highlights and see if you’re on board for the upcoming trends:

#1 - Structured Silhouttes

Boxier bags with clean-cut silhouettes have skyrocketed this year. Structured bags this season seem to have two distinct looks: girly or practical. Bags like the Louis Vuitton Dora or Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily are very retro and have a more feminine appeal and charm, despite their rigid lines. On the other hand, bags like the Prada Inside Bag and MCM Munich Satchel have chic, boxy shapes, but look more utilitarian since they mimic duffle or travel bags more than traditional purses. Most of these bags feature big top-handles, which is another big trend.

Louis Vuitton Dora Monogram PM – $3,550 via Louis Vuitton

Prada Inside Bag Medium Soft Calf – $3,050 via Neiman Marcus

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag – $2,395 via Barneys

MCM Munich Boston Mini Satchel – $1,395 via Bloomingdale’s

Louis Vuitton Dora Tote Bag

Prada Inside Bag

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag

MCM Munich Satchel

#2 - Touchable Textures

Plain leather is a cop out! Designers this season are livening up bags by playing with texture and other exterior decorations. Suede is a huge trend this year, and can give a luxurious or even rustic feel to a bag depending on the style. Fringe is another trend that is making a comeback this season. Fringe bags can bring a light, fresh element to your look during the fall when you may be weighed down by other layers. Give your look movement and dynamism with fringe flair or unique materials to avoid getting into a cold weather slump.

Altuzarra Ghianda Bullrope Small Hobo Bag – $2,895 via Barney’s

Burberry Tiered Suede Fringe Bucket Bag – $2,795 via Saks Fifth Avenue

Givenchy Small Shark Suede Top Handle Bag – $2,290 via Luisaviaroma

Vince Camuto Joni Suede Crossbody Bag – $228 via Nordstrom

Altuzarra Ghianda Bullrope Hobo Bag

Burberry Suede Fringe Bucket Bag

Givenchy Shark Top Handle Bag

Vince Camuto Joni Suede Crossbody Bag

#3 Chic & Chained

Flap, clutch, and wallet on chain style bags are being adorned with chunky chains this season for a more edgy look. The Dior and Louis Vuitton bags featured in Vogue play up on the edgy look with their fun graphic, artistic designs. A flap bag with a bold design can serve as a statement piece, and also be sleek enough to blend seamlessly into the rest of your look.

Dior Diorama Bag (Calfskin) – $3,400 via Dior Boutiques

Louis Vuitton Twist PM (F/W 2015) – $3,750 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Twist MM (F/W 2015) – $4,400 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton GO-14 PM – $3,950 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton GO-14 MM – $4,300 via Louis Vuitton

Dior Diorama

Louis Vuitton Twist

Louis Vuitton GO-14

The Fall Verdict

One consistent theme throughout this season seems to be renovation. Classic bags have been re-introduced with sleeker shapes and different textures. There’s been a lot of retro inspiration from the 70’s and even 50’s throughout bags and clothing. In this September issue, Vogue truly represented that fashion icons power on trends in the moment, but creation and fashion only moves forward with inspiration from the past.

Tips to help you explore more trends this seasons:

  1. As we’ve discovered, some handbags this season may look a little funky. Go out of your comfort zone and buy at least one eclectic item! Try considering a bag that you weren’t initially in love with at first.
  2. Experiment with materials and patterns – the bolder the better.
  3. Find a great everyday that will fit all your needs, literally. Mini bags still hold reign this year and are useful in their own right. However, fall is a busy season for most, so having a bigger, structured bag at your side may be more practical.

Is there a bag you’ve been eyeing for fall? Feel free to join me for conversation on BopTalk by clicking HERE and share your thoughts and style on the threads!

Dutifully reporting for PurseBop,

Published: September 6th, 2015
Updated: May 18th, 2017

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