The Mommy Stylist

Sleek structured handbags for fall put style at your fingertips

Sleek structured handbags for fall put style at your fingertips

nordstrom Big Buddha 'Isis' Satchel
An of-the-moment color-block style in neutral shades is versatile enough to carry every day. ($95/Nordstrom) Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
modcloth Full Course Load Bag
Pair this pretty blue cross-body bag with a gray ensemble for a stunning color combo. ($84.99/Modcloth) Photo courtesy of Modcloth
nordstrom Elliott Lucca 'Cordoba' Leather Satchel
The stud detail on this snakeskin satchel gives it a luxe feel. ($188/Nordstrom) Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
accents Big Buddha Gisele Shoulder Tote
Liven up any outfit with a bold red handbag. ($90/Accents) Photo courtesy of Accents
topshop MAISY BAG BY PAUL'S BOUTIQUE
Not your classic animal print, this patent version is sure to turn heads. ($130/Topshop) Photo courtesy of Topshop
topshop PATENT CROC BACKPACK
When you need to be hands-free, a sleek backpack does the trick. ($76/Topshop) Photo courtesy of Topshop
nordstrom Vince Camuto 'Alisa' Crossbody Bag
Break away from the usual black with a bright-colored cross-body bag perfect for at trip to the farmers market or chaperoning a field trip. ($198/Nordstrom) Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
zara BOWLING BAG WITH SUEDE SIDES
Have some fun with a multicolored design that's effortlessly stylish. ($99.90/Zara) Photo courtesy of Zara
h&m crossbody snakeskin
A snakeskin cross-body bag works for a luncheon or parent-teacher conference, ($79.95/H&M) Photo courtesy of H&M
forever 21 Iconic Quilted Faux Leather Satchel
The quilting pattern and white piping on this handbag make it look expensive even if it's not. ($29.80/Forever 21) Photo courtesy of Forever 21
nordstrom Big Buddha 'Isis' Satchel
modcloth Full Course Load Bag
nordstrom Elliott Lucca 'Cordoba' Leather Satchel
accents Big Buddha Gisele Shoulder Tote
topshop MAISY BAG BY PAUL'S BOUTIQUE
topshop PATENT CROC BACKPACK
nordstrom Vince Camuto 'Alisa' Crossbody Bag
zara BOWLING BAG WITH SUEDE SIDES
h&m crossbody snakeskin
forever 21 Iconic Quilted Faux Leather Satchel

A structured handbag doesn't have to be stuffy or conservative. The latest designs are as varied as the women who carry them. For moms, they offer practicality as well as style — a winning combination for anyone who has no time to think about her wardrobe.

A sleek, on-trend handbag also can turn any outfit into something special, whether it's jeans and a tee, a simple shirt dress, or a sexy jumpsuit. From snakeskin to color-blocking to patent, we've picked out a few of our favorite — and, more important, affordable — bags for the fall season.