10 Surprisingly Grown-Up Backpacks Under $100

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Big news everyone ever: The Daily Mail has declared that backpacks are “back” in style. I would say that millions of school-aged children would argue that they never left, but I get your point. The DM breathlessly reports on this exceptionally revolutionary notion:

A Nineties favourite, the utilitarian carry-all has been given an upmarket make-over and become the surprise must-have accessory of 2014.


Look, I love backpacks. I’m normally carrying a giant water bottle, a book, a planner, fifteen pens, one pair of socks, sunscreen, a wallet, snacks, a Costco-size box of tampons, and about seven to ten pounds of receipts and gum wrappers at any given time. I hate the feeling of being off balance, and so I’m happy to carry around my truly inordinate amount of possessions that I need to have on my person at all times on my back.

I have a beat up JanSport from years ago, but I’ve been looking to get a more grown up version so that people stop asking me if I need help finding my mom. If you’re interested, you can spend hundreds of dollars on a sexy leather backpack (or $3,400 on the world’s ugliest version, or $55,000 on an arty one), but I rounded up 10 reasonably priced ones, instead.

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      ooooh I love that brown leather one with the pockets! looks like the perfect travel bag

    • Samantha Escobar

      I kind of hate how annoying purses are to keep under your arm or hang off your shoulder, so I feel like in theory I would love a backpack except on the subway. Then I would get paranoid and hold it like a purse. But for the other 15 hours I’m awake per day, it would be perfect!

      • Samantha Escobar

        Also, it weirds me out just how much I want that daisy one.

    • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata
    • Futuralon Futuralon

      http://solo.net/solo-leather-laptop-backpack-1 I got this bad boy for under 100. I am a new grad student and wanted a large capacity bag that was serious and grown up. It is. I love it.