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Here’s one from Nine West ($95).
Here’s one from Nine West ($95).
The Shops at Montebello.

Looking for that certain handbag to strut you into fall? Look no further than the 50s flair of a short-handled, structured satchel. These handle bags may be short on strap but they are long on style. Glam them up with ruffles and bows, or go prim and proper with a classic old-school patent crocodile print, but look for the tell-tale stylings of the era—rounded, mini handles and slightly boxy form to fit the function. These three caught our eye:

A New Hue. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a new handbag, and a new handbag in a banging blue shade is just the ticket for the season. Turn away from the turquoise that dominated the summer, and look to a more wintery cobalt. Here’s one from Nine West at The Shops at Montebello ($95).

Tie One On. Bumpin’ little bows make the black really pop out from the ordinary—if you go with this subtle color, make sure to pick a little bit of extra sass to really make it stand out. Patches of patent leather, ruffles or even studs say this look is circa 2010. Take a look at our stellar pick from Macy’s at Inland Center ($98) in the slideshow.

Get Shorty. Short little straps is oh-so ladylike, and dare we say—sultry,this year. Consider going with a camel or tauny brown color with leather details like tassels or woven handles. This is not your mother’s handbag. Find this find at Bebe at Los Cerritos Center ($269).