The High/Low: Leather Satchels

These ladylike bags are the epitome of sophisticated style

Expect lots of doors to be opened and seats to be pulled out when you carry around one of fall's structured handbags. With their classic look and retro feel, these satchels will create the urge to wear dainty gloves and set up lunch dates with your gal pals. Pair them with a slim skirt and belted cardigan for the office or with jeans and a button-jean for an effortlessly chic weekend look. Here's the scoop on two well-appointed picks:

High: Two of my fave style stars -- Jessica Alba and Rachel Bilson -- have been seen toting Chloe's Darla Leather Bag. And I would too -- if I had two grand to spend on a handbag! The chestnut leather satchel features gold-tone hardware, a dark-brown top handle and a buckled strap. It's a subtle equestrian look that works in the city or country ($1,995 at Net-a-Porter.com).

Low: Although I might not be able to afford the Chloe bag, I've found a suitable, cheaper alternative. The Laura Satchel by Hype has a lot of the same details, plus a removable chain shoulder strap ($206.50 at Dillard's).

Which handbag do you prefer? Chime in now!

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