The Most Stylish Backpacks for Women
Sometimes the promise of a new backpack was one of the few consolation prizes for the end of summer and beginning of another school year. Carefully placing school supplies in its pockets and pouches; the satisfying sound the Velcro made when you would open it.
While you may have been a college student the last time you wore one, backpacks and their organizational wonders aren’t just for kids now. From leather to washed canvas, stylish options abound now for on-the-go mamas and laptop toting professionals (you might well be both.)
The best part is that they function so much better than the bottomless pit of a tote bag you’re carrying now, and they leave you hands free to take that Instagram, hold your child’s hand, or grab your grocery bags. No straps sliding down into your elbow or feeling unevenly balanced. In fact, it may help your posture and thicken your hair.
The Canvas Foldover Backpack
Madewell enthusiast and travel editor Hannah Hayes has had her eye on this bag since she saw it in their brand newsletter. With enough room for a notebook, a few emergency snacks, a pouch with Simple wipes, a face mist, and her Clary Collection balm plus keys and a phone, this option with plenty of zipper pockets keeps it from jumbling together.
Buy It: $98; madewell.com
We were already fans of Baggu’s reusable, foldable, collapsible bags that we take everywhere from the Piggly Wiggly to the beach, but their canvas backpack makes for a simple, understated pop of color and vehicle for our work gear with room for a 13” laptop and a front pocket big enough for gym shoes.
Buy It: $48; baggu.com
Our food editor Lisa Cericola uses the mini version of this Icelandic brand’s popular Kanken Backpack as a disguised diaper bag for her two-year-old son and office celebrity Theo.
Buy It: $70+; fjallraven.us
City Backpack Mid-Volume
We’ve already sung the praises of Herschel’s duffle bags, but their City Backpack also makes for a sturdy option available in plenty of fun prints and basic colors. The zippered top keeps items safe behind you, even though you may claim to have eyes in the back of your head.
Buy It: $54.99; herschel.com