All the rage this fall are Oxfords for Women. This shoe staple is usually reserved for business men only but designers this year decided since women seem to be wearing the pants lately why not give them shoes as well. I’ve chosen to versions that are a littleĀ  more soft than more masculine versions I’ve seen on the runways, one by Sam Eldman that adds sequins and another from Payless’ newest designer to offer a low end line Isobel Toledo that chose to use cut outs for a sexier version..

Sam Eldman Oxfords $140 www.bloomingdales.com

Isabel Toledo for Payless Oxfords $34.99

I was flipping through the bags of October’s Lucky and stopped at their fall bag guide. I thought to my self: who’s lucky enough to afford to buy these bags? Some of the bag faves do sport tiny prize tags like the 39 dollar beaded pouch at purselove.com and the printed carryall for 65 at Janemarvel.com but what about a two buckle tote and a duffel bag. So I surfed the web for the forgotten chic (french for cheap and fab) alternatives to these two styles.

The Carryall

This bag must be the hottest bag of the season since I have surfed the web and seen the chicer varieties evaporate. I can’t promise you the prices seen in my last entries but here it goes. Two Buckle carryalls are all the rage for fall and here are some alternatives to the pricey Lucky favorites:

MICHAEL by Michael Kors is this designers chicer line and carries one of these coveted tote bags for 198.00 and its leather but wait we are going to attempt cheaper- Dare me?

Alas this color is sold out but still available in Black and print, 198.00

Forever 21 does it again with a front buckle leather-like two buckle tote for – drum roll please -Yep $34.80.

Buckled Leatherette tote from Forever 21 for 34.80

The leather duffel bag maxed out in lucky for $2,550 and at its most affordable – $298. So here we go again – I can’t help love this zipped duffel at Bebe for 139.00.

Zipped Duffel at Bebe for 139.00

For the round top variety try this one at Forever 21 for 32.80

casual leatherette bag, Forever 21 $32.80

A reader recently asked where she could find a reasonably priced leopard print handbag. I found the perfect one at Forever 21 but I also wanted to show a high end version as well. I chose Fendi’s Leopard Calf Hair version as a beautiful example of this falls hottest accessory. But with over $2000 it has quite a hefty price tag! Forever 21’s stunning ladylike version is elegant and a steal at $20!

Fendi Leopard Calf Hair Bag $2,480 www.neimanmarcus.com

Leopard Shoulder bag $20.80 www.forever21.com

This fall is all about the studded boots once again. This is a trend that won’t go away thank god! For the past 3 seasons studs and buckles continue to be all the rage. But instead of wearing them with a motorcycle jacket instead pair them with lady like blouses and skirts. I’ve included 2 designs to show you the high end version and the get-it-for-less version by Forever 21 that’s almost identical to the Chloe version at a fraction of the cost!

Chloe Boots $1,255

Studded Boots $32.80 www.forever21.com

Quilted lady like bags have been all the rage. And Designers like Marc Jacobs’ version can set you back $995! Now I would love to get his gorgeous bag but since I’m not a Hilton I would like to recommend Guess’ $95 version which is just as lady like and unique but with a price tag we ALL can afford!

Marc Jacobs Quilted bag $995 (www.neimanmarcus.com)
Guess Bag $95 (www.guess.com)