Trends in 2016 fall handbags serve up fresh takes on old standbys such as the cross-body and even delve into much older styles. When did you last see the Jane Austen-esque drawstring reticule? This time around we’re calling it the top knot bag, but it still evokes the romance of a Regency drawing room.

Ranging toward the other end of the size spectrum are hobo bags and the half-moon crescent, which stow all your gear and then some. Bucket bags are standouts, and classic saddle bags are making a return. Attention-grabbers abound, and there are plenty of updates for old familiars. Here are five of fall’s must have styles.


Top Knot Drawstring
One of fall’s brand new bags is all about a loosely tied handle up top. The modern renditions of reticule pouches are so versatile and give you instant insouciance. Designers are using all kinds of materials and embellishments on these multifunctional drawstring beauties. Pick this stunner, and be prepared to pare down. Only the essential lipstick and iPhone will fit this style. A very modern rendition comes from Nina Ricci.

Cross-Body Bags
Perennial cross-body bags pave the way to both adventure and relaxation. Protect those absolute necessities by slipping this bag across your body and making a fast getaway out of town. Designers give us many sizes from the super short cross-body bags barely reaching the armpits to waist-level bags strapped tightly across the body. Don’t miss the reptile skin cross-body bags for fall 2016 with top handles from Givenchy.

Half-Moon and Hobo Bags
These spacious handbags are available in so many styles, shades and materials that you’ll have trouble choosing from the black lacquered and brown velvet hobos at 3.1 Phillip Lim and the black and green leather half-moons at Boss. The Boss bags come in a range of color-blocked stunners.

Bucket Bags
Bucket bags come both big and small, with drawstrings and without drawstrings. The most lovely bucket bag may be the compact miniature from Dolce & Gabbana that wraps up a riddle in an enigma with a beguiling lock. 3.1 Phillip Lim got out front with leather bucket bags with drawstrings, and Marni produced a furry brown bucket bag sans drawstring.

Saddle Bags
Saddle bags rode back into town in the original brown leather versions as well as some unique designs. In different colors, with leather or chain straps, with tassels or with braided surface, saddle bags broke out of the herd. They come in a variety of colors galore at Coach.