Backpacks have come a long way since those bulky canvas versions ruled our middle schools. In sleek shapes, interesting textures, and punchy colors, these convenient carriers have become statement-making accessories. Whether you’re still in school or already in the workforce, your wardrobe could certainly benefit from the addition of a fashion-forward backpack, which offers a fun, practical alternative to shoulder bags and totes.
Scroll down to shop our nine stylish picks!
Cooperative Oliver Structured Backpack ($69) in Navy
Patent leather straps add a stylish detail to this vegan leather backpack.
Harper Ave Philip Leather Backpack ($210)
This glossy Harper Ave bag comes in a sophisticated cream shade.
Tory Burch Marion Backpack ($350) in Jasper
This striking red Tory Burch bag comes with plenty of interior compartments for easy organization.
Henri Bendel Bowery Backpack ($398)
The clean, minimalistic look of this backpack makes it perfect for carrying from class to after-hours drinks.
Vince Camuto Robyn Backpack ($298) in Black
This bag features gold hardware and a structured silhouette that’ll have you feeling almost too cool for school.
Deux Lux Karma Backpack ($130) in Ivory
The addition of neon fringe makes this a playful and stylish choice.
Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Backpack ($348) in Laguna
The best part about this cool carrier? Its deep blue shade is surprisingly versatile.
Nasty Gal Bad Kids Backpack ($68)
This blacked-out bag is shaped like an ordinary school backpack, but its pebbled texture makes it way more stylish.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Domo Arigato Packrat Backpack ($178) in Twilight Navy
Take the jean-on-jean look to a new level with this sporty version.