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What’s the best bag for a vacation getaway? The backpack, which is ideal for getaways as well as street style, is riding a major fashion wave.

Designers have dressed up the humble carryall with distinctive fabrications from brocade to patchwork and a variety of embellishments.

Backpacks marry function with style in all sizes – including trendy mini bags – and at all price points. You’ll find them in a range of styles from serious tailored leather to playful motifs and, of course, allover monograms.

Anya Hindmarch at Neiman Marcus, Rainbow Calfskin Leather Backpack

Neiman Marcus has an exceptional selection that covers all the bases. Minimalists will gravitate towards Prada’s simple black nylon bag with steel accents, while maximalists will appreciate the humor and finesse of Fendi’s eye-catching nylon Monster bag, which sports narrow eyes and a fur and leather mohawk.

Fendi at Neiman Marcus, Monster Fur Mohawk Backpack

The Monster bag headlines a group of whimsical styles decorated with the likes of rainbows, patches, studs, vivd prints and artwork. Stella McCartney fans will be happy to see a rucksack version of her classic Falabella, its signature curb chain whipstitched onto the top and front. Classic solid leather packs are also on tap at Neiman’s.

Burberry, Small Rucksack Nylon Backpack

Nordstrom stocks backpacks at all prices, from $45 faux leather styles in blush pink or ivory to Burberry’s $1,250 technical nylon bag with buckles and leather accents.

For styles with an accent on bright prints and colors, check out the displays at Dillard’s and Macy’s.

Many big design houses jumped on the trend, so hip versions are in store at Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Mulberry, Frye, TOD’S, Cole Haan, Michael Kors, Kate Spade and more.

Gucci, Monogram Leather Backpack

Gucci, for instance, has got a sleek black leather bag with zigzag quilting that goes anywhere in style.

MCM at Neiman Marcus, Stark Men's Stud Medium Backpack

Even men’s backpacks sport verve. Neiman’s stocks MCM’s studded versions in black or blue monogrammed coated canvas. 

It’s never been easier to carry your goodies in comfort and style.