Clothes-Minded: Fab Fall Handbags

Ladies, your key accessory this fall is your handbag.

So bring on the shine, rich color, hardware details and jewels of the season. Ditch the basic black bag and infuse color and texture into your collection. From clutches to totes, accent your fall wardrobe with my favorite handbags to keep you looking stylish without breaking your piggy bank.

Scoring these treasures, all under $100 will give you another reason to buy… just one more. 


Luxury + Affordability

Carry one of fall’s trendiest hues–berry–to work on your shoulder or by hand in the structured Danielle Nicole Alexa Tote. This fabulous berry/wine combo tote is on trend with a removable 22-inch strap drop and is finished with gold tone hardware and distinctive zip closures to add that detail of sophistication to take you from work to a day of shopping with the girls in style. With celebrity admirers including Jessica Alba and Oprah, this bag offers great style and if you are like me, the stylish mominista-on-the-go, you will appreciate the depth and space. Berry is the new black. Tres chic, this bag is a steal!

Alexa Tote, Danielle Nicole, $98,

Kirsten clutch

Hit the Town: After 5 Glam Style

Every fashionista needs a statement clutch in her closet for fall and IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel has the perfect bejeweled clutch making your girlfriends ask ”where did you get that bag?” The IGIGI brand, which has dressed the curvy celebrity circuit including actress, Gabourey Sidibe and singer Kelly Price, offers The Kirsten Clutch in Smoke. It fits right in the palm of your hand or over your shoulder gleaming of rhinestones and crystal accents that can amp up your little black dress for a date night or to the party scene.  All that glam for under $100 is a true treasure.This a must-have!

Kirsten Clutch in Smoke, IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel, $98,

9138_All The Rave Studded Purse HERO DTL02

Functional: Crossbody with a Pop

This crossbody bag is not only functional, but super cute and (drum roll, please)… at a whopping $24, it’s super affordable. Fred Flare, a  New York-based retailer specializing in ornate gift ideas and affordable fashion find is the  brainchild of architect Chris Bick and graphic designer Keith Carollo.  The Fred Flare All The Rave Studded Purse has gotten so many rave reviews there is a waiting list for the metallic version. With the zipper pocket, snap flap and adjustable strap, I can fit my phone, wallet and keys and other essential items in with ease. The spike details and pink pop of color gives you reason to dance at the party or even walk your dog in hands-free style! This is a true frugal fashion find!

All The Rave Studded Purse, Fred Flare, $24,

More About Latease:

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She is the founder of Creatively Speaking, a public- speaking company specializing in fashion commentary, national award-winning professor and fashion journalist. A true fashion enthusiast, Latease loves all things colorful, fabulous and most importantly affordable. Scoring a designer label with a frugalicious price tag is the goal, but she  finds nothing wrong with a little splurge every now and then. Living in Maryland with her 4-year-old fashionista daughter, Zoe Victoria, you can catch them shopping the East Coast for a deal. Follow her on Instagram @LashFash or e-mail her at