If you're anything like us, the idea of a backpack evokes images of recess, brown-bag lunches and nap time (which should seriously still be a thing). Recently, though, we rediscovered the hands-free joy of this magical accessory. Turns out, backpacks can totally work in adult life. Here, 11 ways to rock the look. 

mango backpack

Mango ($70)

Sleek, full of pockets and under $100. A total must. 

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How to wear it: Go fancy

Jansport feeling too juvenile? Find a sleek, streamlined design that's just as elegant as your favorite top handle.  

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Jansport ($40)

Not that there's anything wrong with a good old Jansport, especially in a super-fun print

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How to wear it: Commit

You're already all over the athleisure trend, so why not spice up those sneaks with an elevated knapsack? 

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Alekka ($147)

Throw this patent number over your shoulder on a rainy day. It won't get ruined in a downpour and will inject some much-needed shine into an otherwise dreary day. 

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Kletterwerks x Tomboy Style ($99)

This rugged pack can be worn as a backpack or tote, and will totally cement your status as a cool girl.

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How to wear it: keep it simple

Ladylike, muted, perfect. Bonus points for coordinating with your just-as-chic coat. 

 

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How to wear it: Dress it up

A red carpetand a black-tie dress code don't stop the eternally cool Cara Delevingne from rocking a pack. 

alex wang backpack

Alexander Wang ($1,095)

Outrageous? Yes. But hey, a girl can dream. 

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How to wear it: have fun

If you're wearing a toned-down outfit, why not jazz things up with a kooky carryall?

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