Even though it’s not Friday, it’s always Bag Deals Day in our hearts, so we’re bringing you a weekly helping of the Internet’s best handbag markdowns a day early. (Also, Fashion Week has all of us thoroughly disoriented.) Sales are getting scarce, so we looked extra hard for the most desirable bags, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Let’s be real: this is not a great time of year for sales. Fall arrivals are flooding retailers both online and in real life, and basically all of the spring and summer bags have gone off to new homes. We’re intrepid bag-searchers, though, so we set out once again to find a fresh round of bag deals, and we’d like to think that we were quite successful.

I’m not venturing much when I say that some people like neutral bags, while others prefer color. (Print people: we also have a bag for you.) During most times of the year, one variety of bag is far easier to find than others, but during this time of fall transition, you can find pretty much any color you’d like, from bright turquoise to graphite.

Even though it’s been a solid decade since I went off to college, this time of year makes me nostalgic for back-to-school shopping, no matter how many grey hairs I’ve recently started producing. (Spoiler alert: a significant number of grey hairs.) As you might expect, I have some thoughts on how to pick exactly the right bag for all your college needs, as well as some suggestions of what’s out there right now that fits the bill.

If it felt to you as though Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags had become a bit stale over the past few years, you weren’t alone; Marc Jacobs felt the same way. In advance of his company’s much-rumored future IPO, Jacobs brought in Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley to breathe new life into the once-powerful contemporary brand, and we now know more about the duo’s first line of bags for the brand.

This week on #PBWIMB, it was clear you all love your wallets and small leather accessories as much as you love your handbags. We’re firm believers that the inside of your bag is just as important as what it looks like on the outside, and what better way to accessorize than to stuff it with designer goodies?

Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs In The Grain Satchel

Price: $560 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs is in the middle of an image revamp, and as a result, the bags are starting to skew noticeably more sleek and sophisticated than they have in recent seasons.

From Balenciaga to Celine and Chanel to Marc Jacobs, we saw a fun variety of designer bags in this week’s #PBWIMB. The most shocking thing about this week’s roundup? The amount of black and neutral bags we saw. But then again, we’re never mad at a black bag.

Buying an expensive bag is one thing; buying a bag that looks expensive is quite another. Spending big bucks on a handbag usually helps ensure that it looks luxurious, but not only are those kinds of budgets just not feasible for many women, but they’re also not always necessary.

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