Wardrobe Oxygen: Saddle Bags Gallop to the Forefront of Fall 2011 Fashion Trends


Saddle bags have returned to fashion, and in a big way. This style of bag marries the preppy trend, the equestrian trend, the collegiate trend and the military trend perfectly. Not only that, a saddle bag is a classic look that can dress up and down with ease and will still look chic seasons after the trend leaves the runway and your glossy fashion magazines.

Changing your bag is a great way to look on-trend for the season without having to revamp your entire wardrobe. Imagine a simple black turtleneck sweater and dark straight jeans with an oversized clutch. Now envision with a slouchy blue leather hobo bag. See that same outfit with a classic saddle bag–amazing how the change of your purse can totally change your personal style!

While there are designer saddle bags available for hundreds of dollars, you can get this same look for far less without sacrificing style. Here are some of my favorite budget-friendly saddle bags. ASOS Leather Saddle bag (see pic above) – To get a leather bag these days for less than $75 is astounding–to find it in a popular silhouette and color is even more amazing. ASOS does it again with this gorgeous saddle bag. Classic lines in an unexpected hue means this bag will stay stylish for many seasons after the saddle bag trend has faded. Wear as a pop of color with neutral ensembles, go graphic with optic black and white, or hop on the colorblocking trend by pairing this bag with other primary colors. $53.91


Talbots Saddle Bag – Don’t judge a book by its cover, and don’t judge a retailer by its general image or price point. This saddle bag from Talbots is elegant, classic, and an amazing price.

Available in Moss and Brown Sugar, these colors are classics that will blend with neutrals and tone down brights. $69.99


Mondani Amberton Faux Leather Crossbody from Overstock – I have previously written about my love for the crossbody–great style and both hands free!

This bag has the convenient crossbody strap as well as a trendy saddle bag shape. The glossy finish makes this bag look modern–the ivory would look so fresh autumnal colors like mustard, olive, and pumpkin. $26.99


Women’s Faux Leather Saddle bag from Old Navy – Oh lovely Old Navy, you always offer trendy yet not overworked accessories at fabulous prices!

This bag doesn’t disappoint:  classic shape, classic details, and a classic tan color that will complement most any piece in your wardrobe. Great adjustable strap which makes it switch from shoulder bag to crossbody with ease. $17.00

Saddle bags at Etsy – Etsy is a great place for handmade accessories, unique prints to hang in your home…and amazing vintage accessories for even more amazing prices! Saddle bags are not a new trend; this means that there are tons of great bags out there in gently used condition waiting to have a second life.

On Etsy I found Coach saddle bags from less than $90, hand-tooled leather bags for around $50, and one-of-a-kind saddle bags below $100. Etsy sellers have detailed reviews so you can be sure you get the bag you desire with the service you deserve. Keep gorgeous on-trend bags out of the landfill, support small business people, and update your wardrobe all with one purchase!

Alison Gary has over ten years experience as a personal shopper, stylist, and visual merchandiser. Her blog Wardrobe Oxygen provides fashion advice to all women, regardless of age, size, budget, or lifestyle. She is a full-time working mother, blogger, wife, and frugal fashionista located in the Washington D.C. area.

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  1. ChuckG

    4 years ago

    Back when I used purses I found stiff purses hard to get use to. I do like the Talbots bag, looks small enough as not to hang hard on the hip.

  2. Susan.Yoo-Lee

    4 years ago

    I love saddle bags because they are easy to carry when I am doing my daily tasks. They are not too big and big enough to be functional but not bulky.

  3. klafave

    4 years ago

    i am a handbag fanatic love this

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