You probably marked the start of every school year by getting a new backpack. The previous year’s bag barely made it to May after it was crammed full with textbooks, lunches and gym clothes. Just because you’ve graduated high school doesn’t mean you need to leave your backpack behind. There are lots of chic backpacks that you can wear and no one will ever accuse you of carrying your homework in them. Plus, backpacks have been enjoying a surge in popularity in grown-up crowds thanks to the whole ’90s revival.
You won’t look like you’re going to primary school when you carry one of these chic backpacks:
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “that is not a backpack.” It is. You can also extend the straps to wear it as a satchel.
Just take a look at this colorblock knapsack before you try to say that backpacks can’t be as chic as totes. The color palette, minimalist design and vegan leather make it as sophisticated as any handbag.
There was no way your parents would ever have allowed you to get a white backpack given that you would probably have spilled something on in it the first day. The vegan leather is easy to wipe clean but just be careful what you throw in it.
If Coco Chanel ever designed modern backpacks I’m pretty sure they would have looked something like this tweed knapsack with chain detail instead of this dirty-looking bag covered in graffiti logos.
A rich chocolate brown leather backpack is just as versatile as a black one. This knapsack has a top zip as opposed to the traditional zipper around the perimeter that makes it look more like a purse.
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If you want to switch up your fanny pack, this little fringed backpack is perfect for your bohemian festival look. And before you ask, no, Taylor Swift is not modeling backpacks for Topshop.
FYI: A packrat is the same as backpack. This black and white spotted bag’s print isn’t the same as the Disney scenes you had on your Kindergarten backpack.
Add a pop of color to your outfit with this kelly green knapsack. You’ll have room for all your belongings in this backpack, unlike your teeny tiny clutch. Just don’t fill it up with too much stuff.
It’s all about the details with this faux leather backpack. The perforated panels add texture and are more unique than a pattern. Instead of the popular zipper, this knapsack has a magnetic strap and drawstring closure.
This black bag combines classic purse elements including quilted fabric and the chain straps. It’ll work with everything in your closet.
The usual drawstring backpack gets a stylish upgrade. Instead of the usual cloth, this bag is made out of Italian leather and lined in cotton twill for extra durability. You don’t have to worry about pens piercing through this bag.
This neutral vegan backpack is a bit bohemian and a bit edgy thanks to the chain trim. If you’re going on a road trip, fill up this bag with all of your car entertainment essentials.
Who said that backpacks aren’t for evening? This medium-sized knapsack is made out of a holographic leather fabric that has “party” written all over it. Shine a light on it and it could be a disco ball.
This classic linen and cotton backpack is the perfect size. It doesn’t look like you’re on a backpacking adventure. Plus, you’ll never get sick of the minimalist design.