dear readers, i have some lovely news: i think the mega-satchel is finally on its way out. and my bet is that the next look in will be those structured, ladylike shoulder bags i was starting to love months ago. they're already trickling in for spring, and i really like what i'm seeing. best of all, several options are either on sale or very reasonably priced - i do so love it when designers decide to ease us into a new trend with lower price points.
kooba is actually really impressing me these days - the fringe is finally gone! and the ladylike, structured bags they've put forth for spring '08 are stunningly elegant. my favorite is this croc-embossed version with a chain handle. at just over $500, this one definitely has the makings of a classic.
this linen-and-leather option from banana republic is a great way to try out the trend without a serious commitment. the shape is mod, the hardware is perfectly styled, and i love the gorgeous navy color (though it's also available in white). for $138, you can afford to try this one on for size.
jill stuart has some gorgeous options out as well - my faves come in navy, white and silver. best of all, none will set you back more than $400, which is pretty remarkable for a designer bag these days.
nab one of these beauties while they're still a great deal - if nothing else, your upper back will thank you.