Fall 2014 Pantone Purse Must-Haves

The majestic colors that Pantone graces us with every year are upon us, an just in time for fall. I have always been a “green” person, so Cypress has my name all over it. There’s definitely a color for everyone, and if there isn’t, you’re lying. Everyone wants that perfect purse, but there’s no need to blow all of your money on a bag, or it will literally defeat its purpose. Here are the pricey purses and their similar budget bags!

Dazzling Blue

I don’t know what it is about this shade of blue, but it just brings the feeling of colder weather. That, and royalty. Maybe it’s to remind us of the lake water getting darker or the nights starting earlier, but this blue is just, so fall.

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Vince Camuto “Riley” Tote $278

Merona Solid Hobo $29.90

Aluminum

Some variant of gray never goes out of style, so I look at these at year-long bags (aside from the super sparkly, of course.) I love the structure  of these satchels, something about their old-school messenger bag-esque style just screams, “fall!” Maybe that’s because it’s the start of school, which should realistically scream, “run!”

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Prada Vitello Soft Bicolor Chain Shoulder Bag $3,400

Loeffler “Randall” Satchel $495

Aurora Red

Talk about a statement bag. With browns, blacks, and navies being fall staples, a blood red mini bag completes the perfect day or night look. The hardware on these bags and small size make it the perfect holiday party bag.

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Valentino “Rockstud” Pouch Crossbody Bag $1,195

Tory Burch “Robinson” Convertible Shoulder Bag $395

Misted Yellow

I have never been a yellow person, maybe because it washes out my skin and I hate the taste of mustard, but these bags are beautiful nonetheless. While Pantone is famed for its paint collections, I would much rather carry a subtle bag than paint a giant yellow accent wall.

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Prada Saffiano Mini “Sound” Crossbody Bag $1,390

Coach “Bleeker” Mini $358

Sangria

A nice little alcohol-inspired twist on your everyday raspberry, these totes are perfect for a workplace environment. They are bold enough to make a statement, without being too neon. They seem like the perfect brunch bags, too, because no one with notice if you actually spill sangria on them.

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Kate Spade New York “Small Charles Street – Reis” Leather Shopper $398

Longchamp Small “La Pliage” Shoulder Bag $125

Mauve Mist

Even the name sounds über snotty, like the theme to a socialite’s baby shower, but there’s no denying the beauty in these bags. This color is the palest of them all, which makes its that much more distinguishable. Maybe this color is designed for us to remember the glory days of summer once the chill starts to kick in.

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Saint Laurent “Cassandre” Small Crossbody $1,390

Rebecca Minkoff “Mini Mac” Convertible Crossbody $195

Cognac

A brown bag? No surprise here. What’s fall without a little brown. I mean, you’ve gotta match when the leaves turn brown, right?

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Gucci Swing Medium Tote Bag $1,100

Merona Solid Hobo Bag $39

Bright Cobalt

Cobalt is another one of those great statement pieces. In order to rock these bags, you’ll need to keep your outfit simple or melodramatic. Don’t worry, all eyes will still be on you, they’ll just be one your bag first (or on bags if you go the budget route).

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Burberry Heritage “Dewsbury” Grain Soft Medium Tote $1,250

Forever 21 Faux Leather Weekend Set $29.80

Cypress

My personal favorite, green, is always essential (at least for me anyways.) The army-like green blends seamlessly with browns, dark reds, and nudes. These larger bags are big enough to fit everything you need, including a pair of fashionable fingerless gloves.

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Chloé Medium “Marcie” Leather Satchel $1950

Marc by Marc Jacobs “Washed Up Billy” Satchel $458

Radiant Orchid

And finally, Pantone’s Color of the Year! It just makes sense to make this your first bag purchase, as it was in the Spring 2014 colors. It Radiant Orchid is the perfect transition color from summer to fall, and works all year. Now that’s something worth investing in. If you’re going all in, blow your paycheck on the Nancy Gonzalez wallet, otherwise, like most of us, stick to the cheap, yet fashion-forward Michael Kors wallet.

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Nancy Gonzalez Large Crocodile Bar Clutch Bag $2200

MICHAEL Michael Kors Phone Wallet $98

What do you think?