Now that you’re well-versed in autumn’s hot colours and essential coats, the final piece of the seasonal wardrobe puzzle is a covetable accessory that effortlessly pulls it all together. This fall, the best shoes and bags feature fresh proportions and bold finishes, but are also designed with function and longevity in mind — in short, you’ll likely be rocking these conversation-starters for years to come.
Designer takes on humble items such as shopper bags and plastic totes reigned on the runway at Balenciaga and Alexander Wang. This white leather “lunch bag” from Simon Miller reimagines the everyday staple into something delightfully luxurious.
Simon Miller Lunch Bag, available at TNT Woman.
It feels like every label from Miu Miu to Valentino is offering a variation on the rugged hiking boot for fall, but we’re partial to these waterproof, fur-lined stompers by Montreal-based brand Pajar, which might actually keep your toes toasty-warm all winter.
Pajar Andrea boots, available at Jean-Paul Fortin.
In case you’re still on the fence about wearing head-to-toe or mixed animal prints — one of the season’s most popular trends — the patterned knit cuffs on these Marc Cain heels are detachable. Bonus detail: the fitted bands will also help you walk more comfortably in these slingback pumps.
Marc Cain KB SD.18 L54 shoes, available at Jean-Paul Fortin.
Miniature leather bags, sometimes worn as necklaces or belts, were found front and center on the runways at Marc Jacobs, Jacquemus and Sportmax. For maximum utility, we recommend a mini crossbody that will actually fit your phone, while keeping you hands-free.
MZ Wallace Micro Crosby nylon bag, available at Andrews.
Mixed materials and finishes inspired by performance-focused outdoor gear are the logical extension this season of the popular Gorpcore trend. These Chloé leather-and-rubber boots feature a combination of materials that is anything but expected, yet also durable in function.
Chloé 90 Rylee leather ankle boots, available at TNT Woman.
If you buy one accessory this fall, make it a pair of white, calf-height boots. This pointy-toed style from French label IRO would look just as good with black skinny jeans as your go-to flowy fall dress.
IRO Block Ankle Heel boot, available at TNT Woman.