20 Stylish Backpacks That Are Anything but Basic

Beth Stebner | Aug 31, 2016 Beauty & Style
20 Stylish Backpacks That Are Anything but Basic

When that oppressive summer heat starts dropping off (finally!), and you feel that first gust of autumn breeze, one thing probably crosses your mind -- now, it feels like it's time to go back to school.

But unless you've recently signed up for grad school or a continuing ed class, the days of lockers and backpacks are well behind you. But it doesn't have to be that way. Thanks to the explosion of fashion backpacks on the scene, it's easier than ever to rock a backpack and not look like an extra from Glee -- unless that's what you're going for, and more power to you!

We've rounded up 20 of our favorite pack-all backpacks. And even though you're not going back to school this year, get ready to rise to the top of the pack.


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  • Flower Power

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    Lightweight and covered in flirty florals.

    Ridge Street Siggy, $248; at Kate Spade

  • Space Oddity

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    Spacey and cool, all at once.

    Mi-Pac Hologram Backpack, $65; at ASOS

  • Tropical Tote

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    Keep the summer alive with a tropics-inspired bookbag.

    Navy Birds of Paradise Backpage, $50; at TOMS

  • Gold Standard

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    The Mercedes-Benz of fashionable back-to-school bags, this Ectu backpack is made of buttery-soft Italian leather and holds a 13" laptop. True, it's an investment, but a timeless one.

     Cargo Leather Backpack, $775; at Ectu

  • Scandinavian Style

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    This simple backpack was originally designed for Swedish schoolchildren, but is fast becoming an icon thanks to its sturdy design and vast array of colors.

    Kanken Backpack, $75; at Fjallraven.us

  • Easy Does It

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    This faux leather bag is simple and timeless.

    Pull & Bear Minimal Backpack, $30; at ASOS

  • Back to Basics

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    This is kind of the LBD of backpacks, and for good reason. Inexpensive, indestructible, and in more than 40 colors, this backpack means business.

    SuperBreak Backpack, $36; at Jansport

  • Snap to It

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    Show off your social media savvy with the official backpack of Snapchat. Just don't ghost class.

    Snapchat Ghost Backpack, $44.99; at Amazon

  • Get the Blues

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    Half backpack, half purse, 100 percent stylish.

    Kara Small Textured-Leather Backpack, $440; at Net-a-Porter

  • Organization Queen

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    Put everything in its right place with this compact little pack -- now, everything from sunglasses to pens to iPhone charger has a designated spot to stop that awkward rummaging later on.

    Women's Prom SR 27I Backpack, $70; at Dakine

  • Think Pink!

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    What's not to love about this vegan leather mini backpack in pale pink?

    Travel Buddy Backpack, $35; at Go Jane

  • Pack It Up

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    The super-trendy Herschel brand is back with more colors of its famous Little America Backpack than ever. Inside, it comes with a padded fleece laptop sleeve and an internal media pocket with a headphone port, so you can stay plugged in.

    Little America Backpack in Lunar Rock Rubber, $99.99; at Herschel Supply Co.

  • New York State of Mind

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    This bag is all Brooklyn, all the time.

    Kane Coney Island, $60; at State

  • Fur-fect

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    The perfect bag for anyone with a wicked sense of humor.

    Fur Face Backpack, $125; at Lazy Oaf

  • Family Favorite

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    Perfect for anyone in the family in understated gray.

    Roald in Gray, $129; at Sandqvist

  • Leisure Pack

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    The perfect way to be pretty in pink.

    Lady of Leisure Backpack, $65; at Ban.Do

  • Solid as a Rock

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    In the dictionary under "indestructible," you'll probably find a picture of this backpack.

    Adidas Originals Airliner Backpack, $70; at ASOS

  • Coolness Factor

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    Two pockets, adjustable back straps, and a smartphone pocket in a punchy royal blue -- and it's vegan! What more do you need?

    July Backpack in Royal, $150; at Matt & Natt

  • Moody Hues

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    This bag has both brains and beauty -- it holds up to a 13" laptop, and it comes in a beautiful deep plum color with gorgeous details.

    Cece Backpack in Amethyst Bedford, $385; at MZ Wallace

  • All-Around Classic

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    Timeless, durable, and affordable.

    BDG Classic Canvas Backpack, $39; at Urban Outfitters

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