Autumn is in full swing and hopefully you’ve stocked up on some warmer  clothes for the cooler weather on the way. Now that you know you’ll stay cozy, it’s time to think about adding some arm candy. Whether you’re looking to invest in a classic or just want to add a new, trendy piece to your regular rotation, here’s a cheat sheet for the top purse trends this season:

Saddle Up

Seen on the runways from Jason Wu to Michael Kors, this classic leather bag is available big or small and typically features a front clasp and long shoulder strap. Great for everyday, this bag is utilitarian chic at its best.

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Go Wild

Animal prints are almost always in fashion and this year is no different. From leopard skin to fur, handbags in all skins were splashed all over the runways. If you’re looking for an investment piece, choose a classic shape in a neutral color (avoid the pink leopard print) and you’ll wear it for years to come.

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Shine On

Anything with an extra glow is a must-have for fall. From clothes to eye make-up, if it shimmers – it’s in.

Choose a pretty envelope clutch in silver or gold that will take your date night outfit to the next level. This shiny bag will be your go-to for evening events from now through the holiday party circuit.

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Stoke the Fire

If you’re looking to add some punch to your closet while also getting a jump on trends, choose a bag in burnt sienna or bright citrus orange in a structured shape. Sure to be the next big color in fashion, you’ll grab this handbag throughout the dreary winter months for a pick-me-up and continue to wear it through summer 2012 when it becomes the must-have piece of the season.

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Remember, you don’t need to blow your budget to have fun with fashion. The great thing about trendy items is they are available at all price points. From Balenciaga to H & M, you can find the bag that suits your bank account, lifestyle and wardrobe.