Maybe this was just my high school, but by the time senior year rolled around, pre-collegiettes were no longer rocking the backpack. After years and years of L.L. Bean’s trusty companions, sporting a tote was the cool thing to do. However, between lugging your computer from the north quad to the south quad and realizing that back problems are no myth, backpacks are making a comeback. Don’t write these knapsacks off as an unstylish necessity just yet. Surprisingly, these school bags have received a chic makeover since we last saw them. Are you officially convinced? Good! Now go check out our top picks for backpacks.
1. Kimichi Blue Lace & Jersey Backpack, $49, available at Urban Outffiters
This knapsack is perfect to carry a few notebooks or an iPad. Also, there’s no way you can resist the too-cute-for-words lace detailing. J’adore. Contrary to popular belief, this bag won’t look out of season once fall rolls around. Can we say ethereal?
2. Oakland Fringe Backpack, $88, available at Free People
Okay, maybe this pick isn’t the most practical; however, the fringe is to die for. Not only is the fringe super fun, it screams boho-chic. Since mustard is such a hot color for the fall, this backpack will put you right on trend!
3. Deux Lux Herringbone Backpack, $69, available at Urban Outfitters
Classic stylistas beware: you will fall in love with this knapsack. I adore the mix of textures as well as the luxe color palette. Needless to say, this pick brings sophistication to a collegiette’s daily life.
4. Large Washed Clip Backpack, $72, available at Topshop
Style savants, I think I found my backpack match! When it comes to finding the perfect school bag, versatility is key. So how could you go wrong with this pick? I love the shape, size, and that delicious tan hue. It’s love.
5. Volcom Tie Dyed Backpack, $58, available on FredFlare.com
This backpack totally makes tie dye, dare I say it, enviable. I love how subtle the two-toned tie dye is (try saying that five times fast). Combined with the brown detailing, the backpack adds a contemporary take on the notoriously hippie trend.
6. Longchamp Backpack- Le Pilage, $125, avaiable at Bloomingdales
Not ready to part with your trusty pre-collegiette tote? It’s okay—breaking up is hard to do. With this backpack, you get the best of both worlds: the comfort of a backpack with the look of a shoulder bag. Not to mention this take on the infamous Longchamp bag is sartorially spectacular.
7. Neon Trim Denim Backpack, $68, available at Topshop
From the sleek lines to the bright trim, this backpack embraces two of the hottest trends: athletic minimalism and, quite obviously, neon. In short, this one is perfect if you want to make a subtle statement. Before you invest in this pick, just make sure you won’t get tired of the punchy pops of color!
8. Carrot Mustache Backpack, $69, available at Urban Outfitters
Breaking news, collegiettes: this pick is class clown-approved. With a quirky finishing touch, this backpack is sure to make a couple people chuckle. If you’re craving a feminine school bag, this one also comes in pink!
9. Leather Backpack with Pointed Flap, $92, available at ASOS
I’m not going to lie to you, style mavens: I am so smitten with this backpack. Between the soft leather and the innovative silhouette, this knapsack screams, “Wear me because I’m tres chic.” Effortless, versatile, and painfully en vogue? Sign me up!
10. Jansport Right Pack Monochrome Backpack, $60, available on Rockymountaintrail.com
Remember that Jansport bag you, your best friend, your little brother, your third grade crush, and basically every other kid donned way back when? The notoriously durable backpacks are back and trendier than ever. This monochromatic pick is simple, versatile, and a million times better than the one you rocked in grade school. Never thought you’d go back to the Jansport, did you?
The list of chic backpacks doesn’t stop here. I encourage you to find a knapsack that’s perfect for you because, let’s be honest, a lopsided tote was never chic.