In decades past, August used to mean two things: The end of summer vacay (sad), and getting a new backpack to kick off the school year (awesome).
But even if you’re not headed back to the classroom, why not treat yourself to an adult-style backpack? Turns out, there are some great reasons to bring back your elementary school carryall: It’s pretty much your only option if you’re biking (or scootering) to work, it’s super comfortable if you’re running around the city all day, and it saves you from the crick in your right shoulder courtesy of the 20-pound laptop bag you’re used to lugging around.
So, we’re bringing back the trend with 15 of the world’s cutest packs. Whether you’re looking for a sleek new work tote or something fun for Sunday brunch, take your pick of these adorable styles.
Sleek & Sophisticated
These multi-purpose bags are a backpack when you’re dashing to a meeting, then convert to a satchel when you get to the boardroom.
L.A.M.B. Geo Applique Mail Bag, Zappos, $361
For a more casual office or a long day of shopping, throw your goods in one of these cool totes.
Leather Backpack With Pointed Flap, ASOS, $94 | Eastpak Gaspard Yurkievich, Yoox, $225
Distressed Leatherette Backpack, Charlotte Russe, $29
Bright & Bold
Love color? Accessorize your look, day or night, with pretty coral, bold red, or vintage sea foam green.
Tech on Your Trek Backpack, Modcloth, $50
With nautical stripes or adorable dots, these patterned bags make a big statement, no matter what you’re wearing.
Vertical Stripes Backpack, Romwe, $40 | Marilyn Polka Dot Backpack, Brahmin, $295
Monochrome Striped Backpack, Topshop, $68
In shimmery silver, fringed suede, or navy snakeskin, these chic bags prove that backpacks definitely don’t have to be boring.
Sabrina Tach Johannesburg Fringe Backpack, Free People, $228