Carry The Rainbow: The Handbag Color Trends You Need To Know

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
We like to think we shop with our brains, aware of the holes we need to fill in our closets and the statements we'll be making with our purchases. But then sometimes we come across a truly irresistible hue or pattern, and something else entirely takes over. "ME WANT," it says. "SO PRETTY."

But our mind and our senses don't necessarily have to be at odds. While we're in the market for a new fall bag (and jacket and party dress...) the last thing our wardrobe needs is another black satchel or brown tote. Instead, we're going for the unexpected pop of color that'll dress up even our most lazy-day outfits — and this year there's a veritable rainbow of fresh hues to pick from.

There's the lilac paving the way for fall pastels, the blush that's giving proper pink a break for the season, the burgundy that's richer and more vibrant than the shade of oxblood you remember, and the mustard that's not only a great condiment but also a great complement to our existing wardrobe. We rounded up the six handbag hues you need to know next season. And take our word for it: Color-coordinated shopping is very satisfying.
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Carry it by the sturdy top handle or sling it around your torso — no matter how you wear it, the shiny croc-effect navy outer will gleam.
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Altuzarra's first foray into handbags certainly doesn't disappoint: A classic saddle bag gets the luxe boho treatment with an elaborate tassel braid running across the front.
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This boxy bag has purply undertones to it, making the usually subdued navy hue pop.
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The whole headed-to-gym-class look just got a lot more chic.
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This is your near-daily reminder that bucket bags are still a thing, and we just can't quit them.
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Pastels, we're not ready to let go, so we're bringing you along for the ride this fall. Luckily, a structured, compact crossbody (that happens to come in a delectable shade of lilac) is ready to go when you are.
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All our fall bags are now fun-sized, and we're not mad about it.
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Back to the future with a metallic jet pack backpack.
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All the warm fuzzies, courtesy of two decorative pom-poms.
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That's "madam" to you.
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The soft, pinkish accent of the natural vegetable tanned leather paired with a boxy, structured shape gives this crossbody a soft-yet-strong vibe.
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A lazy-day carry-all to wear every single day this fall.
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An on-the-go lifestyle requires a crossbody that's game to tag along with us through every change of plan in our day.
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The tab closure gives an additional element of the unexpected to this handbag. Prepare to see the coolest girl at work carrying this in T-minus 3...2...
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Go bucket or go home.
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A classic satchel in a go-with-everything hue you can wear day, night, and everywhere in between.
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Tassel up for fall!
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Back(pack) it up.
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Lock and load.
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Yes, even your ombré can transition to your fall wardrobe.
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A darker shade of yellow meshes well with the warmer shades of our autumnal wardrobe. And this nod to a traditional binocular case adds some welcome structure to our closets.
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A crossbody so nice, you should buy it twice. (Luckily, it comes in other colorways.)
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Ignore the style name — this bag is meant to be worn every hour of the day, every day of the week, every week of the year...You get the picture.
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The superhero of statement handbags.
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Yellow that's not so mellow.
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As opposed to plain old white, ivory feels softer — almost creamier — so it's a lot less intimidating to wear.
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Itty-bitty and oh, so pretty.
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The perfect addition for your cozy knit collection.
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It's a clutch! It's a crossbody! No, it's more than that — it's your new go-to.
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You know you've arrived when you acquire your first lady bag. (And this is a good one.)

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