Whether your eldest is headed back to the dorms or you're sick and tired of your shoulder bag falling down at the grocery store, we're here to remind you that adult backpacks can be just as convenient as the ones you wore in your school days. Not only that, but depending on which one you get, they can also be every bit as stylish as your favorite totes. (Seriously, just check out how chic this luxe woven leather Bembien design, $360, is!) Frankly, we see no reason to ditch this multi-use fave simply because it's more likely to be carrying your lipstick and wallet than your textbooks.
A backpack is one of the more efficient choices for daily use thanks to its roomy size and hands-free carrying. Many are also packed with useful features, like USB ports (hello, Ytonet, $18), laptop sleeves (classic Troubadour, $195) and ergonomic straps to make toting your essentials easier than ever.
Our favorite backpacks are a blend of durability, stylishness and functionality, all wrapped into one. Want to go from sightseeing to cocktails? We’ve got you covered with our top 16 adult backpacks below.