Backpacks

One of the things that you probably looked forward to about the start of school was getting a new backpack. You may have had to fill it with boring homework, but it was always fun to choose a new bag. You may not be heading back to school now, but you can still update your wardrobe with a new backpack. If you’re not as into cartoon characters as you once were, there are a lot of decidedly more grown-up options to pick from. The best part is you don’t have to worry about these backpacks fitting your binders and pencil case.

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Take a look at the best backpacks that won’t make you feel like you’re going to pre-school:

1. Minimal Effort Vegan Leather Backpack ($58, Nasty Gal)B Nasty

Slip this cheerful blue backpack over your shoulders for an easy outfit upgrade. It is crafted from vegan leather and features adjustable shoulder straps for a superior fit.

2. Flap Leather Backpack ($125, & Other Stories)

Backpack Stories

Black is expected. If you want a versatile neutral, give brown a shot. This buttery soft brown leather bag is the perfect reminder that there are other easy-to-wear neutrals.

3. Derolphi Backpack ($60, Aldo)

Backpack Aldo

A quilted backpack is just as chic as a quilted purse. This bordeaux-colored bag is more unexpected than black. However, you can still wear it with almost anything in your closet.

4. Rockee Suede Backpack ($89, Urban Outfitters)

Backpack Rockee

Take your backpack from school to grown-up territory by embracing luxe fabrics like leather and suede. This two-tone camel and black bag combines suede with vegan leather. The smaller size will stop you from overfilling it with “necessities.”

5. Mini Faux Leather Backpack ($19.90, Forever 21)

Backpack Forever 21

You can actually wear your backpack into evening, if you choose the right one. This tiny silver one can be dressed up or down. Plus, it will be easy to find in your closet.

6. Satin Unlined Backpack ($33, ASOS)

Backpack ASOS

Looking for a minimalist option? Try this satin bag. The design may be simple, but it is anything but basic thanks to the bronze satin fabric. It’s also a great option to take you from day to night.

7. Baxtor Dome Backpack ($59, Accessorize)

Backpack Accessorize

You don’t need to spend hours searching in thrift shops for the perfect “broken in” backpack. This brown bag has a subtle textured finish to give it that aged look. And unlike some proper vintage ones, the straps on this one are very comfortable thanks to the padding.

8. Skinny Dip Black Velvet Mini Backpack ($60, Topshop)

Backpack Topshop

You don’t have to be restricted by size with your backpack. Embrace the mini bag trend with a small backpack. The velvet fabric is a unique alternative to leather and nylon.

9. Kane Downtown Backpack ($60, State Bags)

Backpack State

Master an athleisure look with this sporty bag. The metallic finish dresses it up just enough. You even have the option to personalize it. Too bad you couldn’t have done that with your old book bag.

10. Cameron Street Neema Backpack ($348, Kate Spade)

Backpack Kate Spade

This bag is definitely more sophisticated than schoolgirl-ish thanks to the sleek shape and two-tone color palette. It features 14-karat gold hardware and a subtle crosshatch design on the leather.

11. Rigid Backpack ($39.90, Zara)

Backpack Zara

You don’t need to avoid bright colors for fear that they will look too juvenile. This striking red backpack shows that anyone can rock an eye-catching bag. The rounded shape and silver hardware give the bag an elegant finish.

12. Bucket Bag/Backpack ($34.99, H&M)

Backpack H&M

There are lots of versatile bags, but this one is more than most. You can wear it as a backpack or as a bucket bag. It just might become your go-to bag.

13. Contrasting Backpack ($39.99, Mango)

Backpack Mango

Hands up if you have ever owned a bag with mixed fabrics like this one before? The textured gray fabric combined with the vegan leather fabric is unexpected. It is also a great alternative if you find printed backpacks a bit too bold.

14. Kendall + Kylie Sloane Backpack ($295, Revolve)

Backpack Revolve

This stunning backpack is part of Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s new bag line. You can see that every detail has been thought of from the pebbled leather fabric to the chain strap.