While a ninety’s comeback may have brought backpacks back in style, I have forever been a fan of oversized handbags as a trendier alternative; they're chic, sophisticated, and in my opinion, look way better with any outfit. After a dark week of rain in Washington DC, GW's campus has been on Hunter rain boot and Burberry raincoat overload. However, in midst of all this storm wear, I spotted this Fashionista battling the downpour with her individual style, and utilizing her oversized leather bag as the perfect statement piece. I have always found it challenging to dress stylishly in stormy weather, but this Fashionista incorporates her personality with one of fall's most coveted runway trends, leather.

Today’s Fashionista jump starts our new fall column, accessories report, with her enormous leather Prada bag. This Fashionista transitions her purse from a busy school day to an evening out easily, as its warm earth tones and elegant size are perfect for any time of day (or weather). A classier, cooler way to carry schoolbooks, this oversized bag has been this Fashionista’s choice to conquer school with style.

After visiting the leather markets in Italy while abroad, I recognized the versatility and stylistic qualities leather truly possesses. Accompanying her Burberry trench and Steve Madden booties, this Fashionista’s leather bag becomes her outfit’s main focus; its neutral hue adds an effortless sophistication. The smooth material, effortless design, and charcoal shade of the handbag synchronize with fall’s crisp weather fluently. Style is all about coordination, and leather earth tones complement any piece of clothing.

Spotted: Leather bags took over the FW11 shows from 3.1 Philip Lim to Alexander McQueen to Stella McCartney. A leather love affair has taken over in forms of pants, outwear and particularly handbags. The simplicity and timelessness of leather has become an essential part of any fall wardrobe. Brands famous for leather bags, such as Hermes and Coach have started an everlasting trend for handbags. For the fall, stick with luxurious earth tones that will transition easily from season to season. When searching for a perfect bag, think about investment pieces. When it comes to leather, tradition is key; some things never go out of style!

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