10 Backpacks You Can (and Should) Rock as a Grown Woman

All the compartments for all the things

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There’s something about the nip in the air that fills us with that back-to-school excitement of our youth. While we’re no longer swapping schedules to see who has study hall with whom (sadly), we do still love getting our backpack on. Chic and functional, these ten stunners are everything you want in a hands-free, heavy-duty bag.

The Minimalist Essential

Our forever favorite for clean, stylish basics, Everlane unsurprisingly slays in the backpack department. This sturdy commuter bag has eight pockets for you to hold your many trinkets and a padded laptop sleeve to ensure you keep that work computer safe and sound.

Everlane ($68)

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The Casual Canvas

Herschel Supply Co. just may be the reigning queen of all things backpack. We especially love this cotton-blend canvas bag, upgraded by the always-in-style cheetah print. This baby is anchored by adjustable, padded shoulder straps so you never find yourself strained in the middle of a day of urban exploring.

Herschel Supply Co. ($45)

The Zipped And Buckled

This nylon number is the sort of bag that will stay with you for the long haul. Many a zipper and many a pocket have been incorporated into this beauty, inspired by the lining of the iconic Burberry trench coat. Elegant enough to be your everyday bag or a nice weekender if you’re an expert packer.

Burberry ($1,350)

The Edgy But Elegant

Quilted black nylon with gold-zipper accents is the sort of stylish backpack that will take you all the way through winter. We love the simple elegance of this bag, which has just enough edge to keep things interesting. Pack it up with all the essentials and head off on a bike adventure while you still can.

Tommy Hilfiger ($118)


The Clean And Sleek

Dreamy grays are the perfect complement for any fall outfit: eye-catching but gracious enough not to hog the spotlight from your dark-plum lips. The smooth, glove-tanned leather will only get softer the more you wear it, so go ahead and make this your go-to commuter bag—it can handle everything from the CTA to an overhead compartment bin.

Coach ($795)

The Pop Of Color

You know what goes great with all those autumn plums, oxbloods and blacks? An unapologetic splash of powder pink.

Cambridge Satchel ($195)

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Tory Burch

The Portable Marvel

It’s no secret that oxblood is the color of the season, but here’s your friendly reminder that it doesn’t just look good in lipstick and clothing form. Add an unexpected dose of the flattering shade with this FOLDABLE Tory Burch backpack.

Tory Burch ($225)

The Queen Of Classic

This carry-all, made of Italian vegetable-tanned leather, is so pretty, we almost don’t want to tarnish it with our KIND bar wrappers and forgotten pennies. Luckily, it’s not only sturdy enough to handle the worst we can subject it to—it looks good while doing it.

Madewell ($198)

The Timeless Black Pack

Elegance and backpack are two words you might not have put together—that is, until you saw this bag. This mini-backpack actually dresses up casual Friday night looks and happy hour ensembles.

Barneys New York ($149)

The Tassel Dancer

Diane von Furstenberg, the queen of comfortable, functional sophistication, applies her signature style to this pebbled leather beauty. With a metallic tassel and magnetic flap, you’ll be golden no matter where you’re headed.

Diane von Furstenberg ($398)

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