Her Campus's 20 Favorite School Bags

A girl’s handbag is her security blanket, a necessity. The one place that a girl can hold her cosmetics, cell phone, favorite book, planner, iPod, laptop, etc. And it’s important to find that perfect school bag that matches your personal style. Her Campus chose some of the best schools bags for the new school year:

Trendy Messenger – Are you obsessed with the latest trends? Is Style.com one of your favorite sites? Well, the Fifi Lapin bag is perfect for you. Blogger/artist Fifi Lapin started off drawing bunnies wearing famous pieces from the runways of Zac Posen, DKNY, and Betsey Johnson. LeSportsac and Fifi Lapin joined together to create one-of-a-kind bags with her designs.

Lesportsac Fifi Lapin Messenger, $88.

Harvey's Carriage Satchel Seatbelt bag

Seatbelt Bag – For the college student with a daring fashion sense, buy Harvey’s carriage satchel seatbelt bag. This bag is woven from seatbelts to create a hip bag. They come in many fun colors and patterns including florals (my favorite!).

Harvey’s Carriage Satchel Seatbelt Bag, $98.

Classic Leatherette – Are you on a budget and need a bag that matches every outfit? Well Forever21 has the answer with their affordable leatherette bag. This ivory bag with a floral interior is the perfect bag for any occasion.   
Leatherette Ivory Tote, $29.80.

Preppy Tote – It almost looks like Longchamp bags are spotted more often than Vera Bradley bags nowadays. This bag is durable and is perfect for the preppy college student; it comes in neutral colors like navy, nude, and purple.

Longchamp Tote, $145.

Chain Purse – This fashionable bag from Urban Outfitters is very up-to-the-minute this season and is perfect for a city girl. It holds all of your cosmetics and books without making you look like a bag lady. 

Urban Outfitter’s Deena & Ozzy Chain Tote,  $58.


Elegant Satchel – Are you inspired by vintage Hollywood style? This Topshop brown leather satchel bag is just what the style doctor ordered. This bag is equipped with a push lock and a cross body strap. Throw in your laptop and a tube of lip gloss and you’re ready for class.

Top Shop Leather Push lock Satchel Bag, $90.00.

Funky Backpack – Remember wearing a floral backpack in third grade and thinking you were the coolest kid in school? Well, backpacks aren’t just for elementary school kids anymore! ASOS has come out with backpacks in funky colors. Have fun with your backpack and take a risk with this bag!

ASOS Floral Rucksack, $58.96

Sweet Tote – Have a sweet tooth?  Dylan’s Candy Bar (an adorable candy boutique) has an affordable tote with their logo on it.  It’s big enough to carry your books and delicious study treats.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Bag, $25.

Eco Chic – If you have a thirst for protecting the environment, this handbag is perfect for you. Ecoist has come out with bags completely made out of The Daily Magazine and other recyclable materials.

The Daily – Magazine Purse, $138.00


Made With Love Purse – Victoria’s Secret has come out with an affordable weekender tote that comes in fun colors such as blue and pink. It’s a perfect comfortable bag that can fit about anything.

Made With Love Weekender, $24.50.

Computer Genius – Not a fan of purses? Just want something to hold your computer in? All you need is a cute laptop case to sport your computer to class, the library, or your favorite coffee shop. This polka dot Apple case is cute and compact. If you don’t want a cool pattern, the case also comes in solid colors like grey and black. 

Casauri Apple 13-inch Envelope Computer Case, $49.95.

Slouchy Shopper – This affordable slouchy shopper with braided handles from Nordstrom’s Brass Plum section is perfect for back-to-school. This trendy bag with cell phone pockets and interior zippers comes in black, brown, grey, cream, and cognac for every outfit and occasion.

Nordstrom’s Amici Accessories Braid Trim Shopper, $32.


Newspaper Boy Messenger – Want a classic unstructured messenger bag? American Eagle has AE Campus Messenger Bags that come in blue, white, and pink. Carry all of your books and be prepared for a hard day’s work.

American Eagle Messenger Bag, $39.50.

Creative Freedom – Now you can be your own designer. JanSport has come out with limited edition bags and totes that come with your own Sharpies. You have a blank canvas and you can color the white spaces in whatever color you want.

Patchwork Sack – If you like a vintage look, you’ll love this Rachel Zoe pick from www.piperlime.com. This Freebird by The Sak Patched large hobo bag has a braided strap and an unusual pattern.

Freebird by The Sak Patched Large Hobo, $44.99.

Bag Lady Tote – A girl who loves to carry everything in her purse will love this tote. This Gap suede bag can hold heavy objects and comes in cute colors like salmon and gold. It’s comfortable and fun. Gap Suede Tote, $98.

Preppy Chic – Is your wardrobe preppy and full of bright pinks, blues, and greens? Well this Lacoste tote is perfect for you. This polka dot bag comes in bright blue and pink and will match any of your outfits, not to mention it’ll hold all of your important essentials.

Lacoste Tote, $114

College Staple – How could I forget the Vera Bradley bag? It’s an acquired taste, but many college girls own the Vera Bradley tote because it can hold so much and it can be thrown around without getting completely demolished. They come in many different colors and patterns as well. 

Vera Bradley Very Berry Paisley Tote, $78.

Super Shiny – Like super shiny bags? This American Apparel Water Repellent bag is perfect to carry against the cold winters at school and easily holds heavy necessities that you need to survive your stressful college day. It’s a unique bag that not everyone is going to have on campus.

American Apparel Watery Faux Leather Oversized Tote, $65.

Your Favorite Bag – Don’t want to buy a brand new bag? Want to stick with an old handbag close to the heart? Don’t want to detach yourself from a purse that you love? That’s completely fine! Your handbag is your own. It doesn’t matter if it’s in style or not, you just need to love it. 


Sophie Jasinski is a sophomore English major and Arts and Society minor at Mount Holyoke College. Originally from North Jersey, she spends most of her time in New York City. When Sophie isn’t studying in the library she loves to dance ballet, drink chai lattes, dig through vintage clothes, hang out with friends, and play tennis. Sophie is also a staff writer for the Mount Holyoke News. Last summer, Sophie interned with Donna Karan and hopes to intern for a fashion magazine in New York this summer. Sophie aspires to be the next Anna Wintour. Watch out world!!

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