‘Grown-up’ backpacks perfect for college, work
In high school, you probably had a big, bulky backpack that you used to lug around 40 pounds worth of books. In college, lighten your load and consider wearing a backpack that is chic — yet functional. Because your classes will likely be spread out throughout the day and week, you don’t need to look like you’re going camping while you make treks across campus. Since a purse isn’t roomy enough to stash your Macbook Pro, you’ll want to find a happy medium.
Here are stylish backpacks perfect for the college years. (And give them some love even after college — when you’re toting files, homemade lunches and gadgets to and from your office).
Polka Dot Backpack: A canvas backpack with faux red leather trim and decorative buckles is cute and casual. It’s got enough pockets to stash your cell phone, keys and granola bars. (Forever 21, $32.80)
Railroad Striped Backpack: Could they make this in purse form, too? The blue stripes combined with leather give this backpack a classic look that will keep it in style until at least your senior year. (Forever 21, $24.80)
Poketo ‘Sweatshirt’ Backpack: We never thought we’d say this, but we totally want to cuddle with this backpack. It’s super-soft and made with sweatshirt fleece. It’s roomy enough to fit your 15-inch laptop and textbooks, too. (Poketo, $38)
Leather Backpack: Actually, let’s call it a “Rucksack.” The softly worn leather has a rugged, cool look. Consider this an investment that you’ll want to sling over your shoulder and carry throughout your entire 20’s and beyond. (Madewell, $248) Get 4 percent Cash Back on Madewell purchases.
Messenger style: Messenger bags are totally just adult backpacks. They work great for both guys and girls and give you a clean, preppy look. We’re digging the Abingdon messenger bag collection that comes in khaki, olive or navy and is inspired by vintage hunting gear. Like backpacks, it’s got pockets for you to stash pens, cell phones and whatever else you need to tote around campus. (J.Crew, $98)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Backpack: OK, we had to throw this one in here. Just because it’s fun to say “A turtle ate my homework.” For the goofball or the kid at heart, we love this ninja turtle shell of a backpack that also comes with masks. Also a great idea for a new dad who doesn’t want to carry his wife’s diaper bag around. From the product description: “Every turtle superhero needs his shell.” (Target, $39.99)
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