Last summer, I was never parted from my cross-body Foley + Corinna bag. Lightweight and little, it was the perfect partner to all my summer dresses and rompers. But the moment the mercury dropped, it was retired to my closet, and now I need to swap it for a more substantial bag that can hold its own against my winter wardrobe. Though my oversized black handbag would fit the bill, most of my winter outerwear is black, and I want something that won’t blend into the background.
So I’m looking to handbags in rich cognac and wine, shades that pull off the feat of being both classic and of-the-moment. A deep shade of brick balances the fashion-forward silhouettes of Alexander Wang bags with a subtle ’70s feel, making them perfect for polished ensembles, like silk blouses paired with flare jeans and wedge booties. But for more casual days, when I’m wrapped in thick knits and shearling boots, a fur-trimmed handbag (like the above from Olivia Harris by Joy Gryson) will be a plush finishing touch.