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A new semester means new bags, and HC is here to show you some of the best out there. We promise you’ll find one (or two or three…) to be as chic as can be on the way to class. Here we go!

Under $50 

Bold in Blue
This sporty-chic tote is perfect for carrying your essentials for class and the gym! JanSport is a brand synonymous with durability, so you know this bag is built to last. This bright blue adds a punch of color to brighten up any outfit you pair it with!
JanSport, $36, Zappos.com

Show Your Stripes 
Stand out from the crowd with this zebra print tote from Hurley. This bag has several pockets inside and out and a laptop divider inside, all for $25. This bargain cannot be beat!
Hurley, $25, Tillys.com

Free as a Bird
This crossbody bag from The Sak is large enough to fit a 15” laptop, notebooks, folders and other supplies, and its hippie-chic print makes carrying a heavy load look cool. The strap adjusts to fit every body, and the bag is padded to protect your precious laptop!
The Sak, $38, Piperlime.com

Business Casual
This classic bag is super professional, which will be perfect for an internship, and its leather exterior will hold up through anything. This bag has four pockets and it’s lined with canvas, so cleaning the inside in the event of pen leakage is a breeze!
Flud Watches, $50, Karmaloop.com


Set Fire to the Rain
This adorable raindrop print will keep you smiling and your books dry, no matter what the weather. ModCloth.com, $25, ModCloth.com 

Conscientious and Chic
This organic canvas tote is not only fashionable, but it is also by Borders and Frontiers, a London-based brand that focuses on producing environmentally-conscious and ethical products. This tote features a design that is European chic at its best, and it has tons of room and sturdy straps that won’t let you down.
Borders & Frontiers, $36, Asos.com 

Convertible Carry-All
This faux-leather tote from Volcom can be worn as a shoulder bag, crossbody, or carried as a tote. With so many options for wear, you can work it into any ensemble. It also has two exterior zipper pockets and a large interior space.
Volcom, $50, Swell.com 


Carry it all, Y’all
This tote is from a brand that is known for producing great outdoor gear, so it’s definitely sturdy and reliable. It comes in a variety of colors, and at a price like this, you can buy a different color for each day!
Patagonia, $15, Patagonia.com


Under $100

Charming Colorblocking
The color-blocked leather on this tote is super trendy, and the bow and charm detail add a feminine touch. This bag easily goes from class to work to your internship and everything in between.
Debenhams.com, $79, Debenhams.com

Pretty Prints
Lilly Pulitzer is famous for her pretty prints and bags that never go out of style. This bright pink print bag adds a touch of cheer to your outfit, and it’s got plenty of room for your essentials. The tote is great for everyday activities, and it’ll be your go-to bag once summer rolls around and you’re running between work and the beach! Lilly Pulitzer, $68, Saksfifthavenue.com 

I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly
Jelly isn’t just for shoes anymore! This adorable bright pink jelly tote can cheer up any dreary winter day. It’s also water-resistant, so worrying about rain soaking through your bag is a thing of the past! 
Danielle Nicole, $68, Piperlime.com

Quaint and Quilted
This quilted tote will be your go-to bag for everything from study sessions to sleepovers. It comes in a huge variety of prints, and you can even find matching wallets and other accessories to complete the look!
Vera Bradley, $84, Zappos.com

Cartoon Cutie
This tote makes cartoons cool. Its cute monster screen print adds a funky touch to anything you pair it with. 
See by Chloe, $65, Couture.Zappos.com 

Sparkle and Shine
Add some sparkle to your daily routine with this roomy tote. The gunmetal grey color goes with everything, and the interior is lined with cool blue satin so the tote is glamorous from the inside out! 
Deux Lux, $52, Bluefly.com 

Adorably Animated
This adorably patterned nylon tote puts the fun in functional. It’s durable and will add a spunky touch to all of your outfits. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, so finding one to suit your style is simple!
LeSportsac, $98, Zappos.com 


Under $200

Tribal Time
Break free from the usual with this hip, eye-catching teal and black tribal print bag! The bag also helps support women in Laos who sew the textiles so the fabric is 100% ethical and natural.
JADEtribe, $136, Revolveclothing.com

Mellow Yellow
This bright yellow tote from DVF has space for your school supplies, and it will also be the perfect bag to hit the beach with this summer.
Diane by Diane von Furstenberg, $170, Matchesfashion.com 

Dot to Dot
From the cute polka dot print to the tons of pockets inside and out, this nylon bag has it all. The durability of the fabric and the roominess of the bag make it ideal for class, weekend trips, or study sessions.
Marc by Marc Jacobs, $190, Net-a-porter.com

A Dependable Man(bag)
Bring the menswear trend to your everyday bag with this bag from John Varvatos Star USA. It is designed for men, but what woman could resist its durability and functionality?
John Varvatos Star USA, $175, Bluefly.com 

Wind in the Sails
This tote combines nautical and glam to come up with the ideal tote for class, work, the gym and the beach. The crisp white fabric is actually recycled sailcloth, so it’s machine washable, water-resistant and sturdy.
Sperry Top Sider, $150, Sperrytopsider.com 

Sydney is a University of North Alabama senior majoring in Journalism and Public Communication. She is involved with Alpha Delta Chi sorority and Campus Outreach, and she works on campus as a student worker and at a department store as a shoe sales associate. When she's not running between activities, class and work, you can find Sydney laughing uncontrollably, talking to everyone, shopping, getting pedicures, reading magazines for hours, or planning her future on Pinterest. She loves Jesus, ADChi, New Girl (specifically, Jess's wardrobe and Nick Miller), glasses, discipleship and late night trips to Applebees.