There’s something about a great leather handbag that sets it apart from the crowd. Its iconic style takes you from season to season with ease, making life feel a little easier – and more chic. But the time it shines brightest is in the fall.

Maybe we’re a bit biased towards fall fashion – the layers, the boots, the sweaters. But there’s nothing like a luxe leather purse to polish off a cozy outfit.

The selection can be overwhelming — when I searched for “black leather purse” on Neiman Marcus there were almost 1,000 results. Whew. We’ve honed in on a handful that are on point style-wise for 2020, and will give you the most bang for your buck. From crossbody to tote to bucket bag, there is a save and splurge in each category. The affordable options are under $100 but look way more expensive, and if you’re craving a true splurge, we’ve rounded up the ones that are actually worth it.

Scroll on and prepare for cozy feels…


SPLURGE | Vince Cambria Bag

SAVE | Mango Flap Cross-Body Bag

It’s an easygoing “throw over your shoulder and go” kind of bag.


SPLURGE | Hugo Boss Taylor Leather Shopper

SAVE | Mango Seam Shopper Bag

The Mary Poppins of purses, this purse holds literally everything. Need to pack a picnic? There’s room. Need to hold your kid’s shin guards and soccer cleats for practice later? Sure. These purses come through for you while still looking incredibly put together.


SPLURGE | Tory Burch Lee Radzwill Small Bag

SAVE | Mango Croc-Effect Bag

Nothing looks as chic as a purse in hand and these picks deliver. Majorly classy and timeless.


SPLURGE | Mansur Gavriel Pleated Bucket Bag (so many fun color options!)

SAVE | Zara Pleated Mini Bucket Bag

If you want to make a statement without going overboard, this bag is for you. It’s easy and laid back, yet playful and full of cool girl vibes.


SPLURGE | Vince Bay Belt Bag

SAVE | Madewell The Leather Belt Bag

If you’re a lipgloss, credit card and keys kinda girl, these cute little hands-free bags are for you.

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Comments (3)
  1. 1
    Janet September 29, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Where is the brown bag shown in the beginning pic??

  2. 2
    Natalie Redman October 2, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Great bag suggestions!

  3. 3
    Jill H November 24, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    I love theseee!!
    I’m also loving these: Le Chiquito Bag from Jacquemus, The Nat Bucket Bag from Almira and the Trapeze Satchel by Cuyana!!