We love a great cross-body bag, but there are many reasons to give a top-handle one a try this season. For one, there's something so incredibly charming about its ladylike aesthetic. Secondly, the structure adds a degree of polish and sophistication to any look—even if it's just a tee and jeans. And finally, judging by the fall/winter 2016 collections during Fashion Month, top-handle bags will continue to dominate the handbag sphere from now until next season.
From a classic leather tote to a patchworked piece, shop our nine favorites that you'll want to get your hands on, stat.
Runway inspiration, pictured above: Gucci
This bag is definitely worth the investment—a classic that will last a lifetime.
2. Tory Burch
The spring-happy shade makes a statement without being too bold. (And if you're not feeling the color, it also comes in five other hues.)
3. Kate Spade New York
This versatile piece comes equipped with a cross-body strap—perfect for days when you want to go hands-free.
$298 (currently on sale for $208); katespade.com
Fendi's florals add a nice flirty touch to any look.
5. Derek Lam 10 Crosby
Embrace the '70s trend with this patchworked suede-and-leather piece.
The blue suede gives this bag a luxe touch.
A simple and affordable way to embrace white this season. Plus, the dual compartments make this the bag ideal for the workplace.
8. Loeffler Randall
We love this structured bag with subtle studs along the edges. Carry this to toughen up a silk blouse and jeans, and you're ready for a night out.
9. Muzungu Sisters
Top-handle bags are perfect for the beach, too! This festive straw one works with a bikini and cover-up during shoreside excursions and with an off-duty uniform on the weekend.