We can't explain it, but backpacks totally have a bad rap. Maybe it's the feelings of impending homework, or teachers, or tests *shudder*, but this back-to-school staple doesn't have to be only about lugging heavy textbooks through the hallway. If you ask us, backpacks are the one school supply that we'll happily keep with us even long after we've graduated. Besides the fact that they're actually useful (not many purses have the roominess of a good ol' rucksack), but thanks to goods from labels likeASOS to Baggu to, yes, even Mary-Kate and Ashley's The Row, the massive selection makes these double-duty accessories surprisingly stylish. We've rounded up our favorite back-to-school carryalls below.. Because, after all, we've got your back!
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Even if you thought you ditched your old Jansport or L.L.Bean back in elementary school, newsflash: they've officially returned better than ever. And believe it or not, the grown-up offerings from these tried-and-true favorites are surprisingly fashionable. We love Jansport's new neon collection, as well as more subdued offerings from newcomer labels like Vancouver-based company Herschel. In neutral colors like heather gray and army green, plus details like leather bottoms, the Canadian brand makes durable, easygoing options that go with literally everything.
If you want to make your backpack the focal point of your outfit, then hit up one of these eyecatching styles for the ultimate statement-maker. Eastpak has about a zillion different patterns to choose from (including candy, flowers, and even backpacks splashed with record players) for under $100. But here's even better news: reusable shopping bag company-turned-handbag brand Baggu has crafted a collection of easy, everyday packs perfect for school- or everyday life- for just $24! Who says you have to choose just one?!
Lastly, there are the splurge-worthy options from brands like Topshop and emerging label Essl. Crafted from plush fabrics like leather, sheepskin, and beige canvas with trimming, these chic carryalls are SO much more than just school bags. And let's be real: they look way too good to be stuffed inside your locker. Who knows? These awesome backpacks just MAY replace your favorite purse.