Ready or not, fall is upon us. And with it comes a slew of essentials - the requisite coat, boots and (sigh) pants. More exciting, however, is the chance to hang up the lightweight summer bag in favor of something far sleeker, more elegant and dramatic. With the onslaught of glamorous clutches dressing up store shelves, it's almost impossible not to feel a little tingle. Here, five that have stolen our hearts.
A bit of city chic sexed up with a touch of naughty, this Lulu Bow Clutch ($14) is almost absurdly cute. Who knew grosgrain ribbon could look so alluring? On this sleek teal bag, it steals the show.
Rachel Roy capitalizes on the rich texture of faux python with her Small Striped Clutch ($59), transforming an otherwise basic bag into a tough-gal companion with attitude.
Does she or doesn't she? No one will ever guess that your SR Squared by Sondra Roberts Snakeskin Clutch ($55) is anything but the real deal. With its fascinating taupe color gradation and immaculate detailing, it delves into upscale, high-end territory - without the matching price tag.
The wonderfully polished ALDO Catoggio Clutch ($35) is a cute choice for jazzing up your everyday look, playing into your existing work and play wardrobes and becoming a regular-rotation piece for a truly reasonable price.
If you're feeling the urge to splurge, go for the gold - or in this case, the bordeaux. As one of fall's most coveted colors, it stands to be a major player in your wardrobe for the next few months. For best results, we suggest this Rebecca Minkoff Three-Zip Clutch ($330).