Four alternatives to backpacks
Backpacks weighing down your style? Maybe it’s time to graduate to a chic commuter bag or a tote-ally stylish tote!
Whether you’re a professional looking for a stylish commuting bag, a college-bound student craving a more refined accessory or you’re back-to-school shopping for a kiddo with unique style, we’ve got your back with these great backpack alternatives.
If you tote your laptop with you everywhere you go, give it a stylish bag to call its own. (Afterall, that laptop bag just might be your most-worn accessory). This Kate Spade bag fits most 15 “ laptops and can stash away all your techy essentials. The style? Spot on, with playful polka dots and trimmed with crosshatched leather. You can carry by the top handles or use a crossbody strap. Kate Spade ‘Renny’ Drive Laptop Bag, $168, nordstrom.com
For students lugging around English lit novels and biology textbooks, sometimes a roomy backpack is the way to go. Don’t sacrifice style, though. It’s almost as if this knapsack is disguised as a stylish handbag. Bursting with colorful triangle prints and faux leather details, it’s certainly a stylish accessory. But, it’s got a practical side, too, with multiple exterior and interior compartments to stash school supplies. Women’s Drawstring Mini Backpack – Multicolor, $29.99, target.com
Perfect for those who commute to work or school by bike, messenger bags like this one have cross-body straps to stay attached to you during your bike ride. This stylish bag is waterproof and has plenty of compartments to stash everything from your tablet to your lunch. Timbuk2 Classic Messenger, $98.99 (plus Cash Back), ebags.com
We like to treat leather messengers as a unisex accessory. It’s a little rugged, a little refined — and definitely professional. The handsome backpack alternative, with vintage brass hardware details, has a collegiate feel and can lend an Ivy League-like polish to any outfit. Fossil Estate East-West Messenger Bag, $298 (plus Cash Back), macys.com