If you’ve looked around the your favorite department store in the past couple seasons and felt like everything there, from itty bitty micro bags to toy-like bag charms, was designed for kids, there’s a good reason for it: luxury brands are looking to younger consumers with lower incomes to bolster sales.


Today marks the beginning of what we call PurseBlog Summer Break, in which the team takes a few days to relax before fall kicks into high gear and we all run around like crazy people at New York Fashion Week.


Every few years, designers try to give belt bags (often known in the US by their more pedestrian name: fanny packs) their day in the sun, usually to limited-at-best success. These pushes usually coincide with a general trend toward 70s neo-bohemian fashion, and since that’s what we’re in the middle of right now, there are suddenly a lot of belt bags available.


Mini bag haters, shield your eyes. As fall arrivals come in left and right, designers have somehow found even more bags to shrink down, including a bunch that had somehow escaped the mini treatment in the past.


Tan, which was spring’s biggest neutral, will still be going strong into fall, but it’s got another gorgeous shade joining it for the cooler weather: burgundy. Wine-colored bags have been popular for fall for a few years running now, and it’s not exactly difficult to see why.


Whether you think of them as scourge or savior, bucket bags are back for another season of dominance in the accessories market. More brands than every are throwing their hat in the ring for this popular style, so if you can’t get your hands on the Mansur Gavriel version, don’t fret–there are lots of options at every price point imaginable.


If you’ve been among the bag lovers bemoaning the trend for tiny, nearly non-functional micro bags, I have some bad news for you: we are nowhere near the end of this trend, and probably won’t be for another year.


Now that we’re past the midpoint in summer and pre-fall pre-orders are starting to give way to fall, it’s time to do an early stock-taking of what’s available, what’s new and what’s, most importantly, worth your attention and dollars.


As we noted during our look at all the saddle bags suddenly on the market for Fall 2015, the 70s trend that popped up all over the runways has indeed translated to retail. That has implications beyond just bag shape, though; it also means that the color palette for the season skews decidedly retro, most notably in the resurgence of tan leather and suede bags.


Good bags don’t come cheap, and for most consumers, it’s important that a potential purchase is practical and usable for more than just a couple months a year. True, year-round versatility is hard to ask from any particular color, but if you don’t want to carry something dark when it’s warm outside or something inappropriately bright when it’s cold, there’s one way to make sure you don’t go wrong: get a metallic.