Fall 2011 Trend: Duffel Bags

New arm candy is always cause to celebrate. And with the holidays fast approaching, it's time to start dropping not-so-subtle hints. (You can blame us.)
The classic duffel handbag (not to be confused with the larger weekender style) is a perennial favorite for a reason: It has a clean and polished look and offers plenty of room to tote around your iPad, cosmetics, even a change of shoes.
We rounded up six of our favorites, in stores now. So, ladies, get clicking. And send your significant other those links stat.

Photo courtesy of Coach

This bag shape is a duffel in its purest form. Free from excess adornment, it comes in a variety of colors and—that Coach hallmark—fantastic leather. Best of all, with the price tag, you can afford to buy a matching wallet.

Madison Satchel, $358; at Coach.com.

Photo courtesy of Net-a-Porter.com

We'll admit it: We're obsessed with Chloé bags. All of them. That little padlock—enough said. This duffel features the trademark hardware yet retains a perfectly polished aesthetic. Think of it as the carryall to go with your "je ne sais quoi" attitude.

Aurore Leather Duffel Bag, $1,895; at Net-a-Porter.com.

Photo courtesy of Gucci.com

A classic shape deserves a classic print, and this Gucci heritage bag combines both seamlessly. Evoking pure nostalgia (note its signature stripes), the Italian fashion house's duffel is a timeless addition to any wardrobe. Plus, with a statement like this, you won't need much else.

Vintage Web Medium Boston bag, $1,095; at Gucci.com.

Photo courtesy of Barneys.com

Truth: You can not go wrong with perforated leather. Whether it's a skirt, shoes or a bag, it just adds a certain interest to give your style a chic twist. Marni's use of it in ivory (with contrasting black handles) is such a must, we're tempted to just click "Buy" now. Here's to hoping our relatives are reading this!

Perforated Duffel, $1,400; at Barneys.com.

Photo courtesy of Zara.com

Still not convinced a duffel is for you? Zara's navy version has that downtown edge but is also perfect for a chic little lunch. The midnight blue adds depth to the bag (and your look—black is dandy but almost black is sometimes better). And with an affordable option like this, you can test the waters with this trend.

Quilted Panel Bowling Bag, $99; at Zara.com.

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Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren

Hardware can make or break a bag. In the case of Ralph Lauren Collection's duffel, it hands down makes it. Whether in a beautiful brown with silver or black with gold, this purse can go anywhere, carry anything, and look great with just about every outfit. And the more the bag ages, the better it gets.

Boston Calfskin bag, $2,995; at Ralphlauren.com.