17 Chic Backpacks That Are Definitely Not Just For Back To School

by Bethany Lozier

17 Chic Backpacks That Are Definitely Not Just For Back To School

A backpack is traditionally thought of as a secondary or primary school staple (and, let’s face it, some of our throwback styles were just not cute). But the dependable knapsack is having quite the moment in the fashion world, whether they’re the sportier Hershel backpacks or a luxe leather Gucci backpack that celebs are loving. We’ve rounded some downright chic packs you’ll be dying to cram all your goodies in. Backpacks are back, baby!


Herschel Heritage Backpack


Herschel Heritage Backpack


We like big backpacks and we cannot lie! If you’re looking to buy one backpack to get you through the year and beyond, look no further than this utilitarian, totally classic gem. Complete with a laptop sleeve for a 15-inch computer, internal phone pocket with headphone port, and a key clip, everything has it’s place in in the Herschel Heritage backpack. ($60, nordstrom.com)


Marc Jacobs Nylon Biker Backpack


Marc Jacobs backpack in navy blue with gold zippers


Leave it to Marc Jacobs to create the cutest, sleekest pack of the season. Made of super durable nylon, feel free to lug this sucker around town with no fear of rips or tears. Multiple zippers make it easy to organize your stuff as you please, no matter how crazy busy you get. ($195, marcjacobs.com)


Vera Bradley Iconic Campus Backpack


vera bradley backpack in rose gold


Regardless if a campus visit is on your horizon, or if you spend the majority of your time at the quad, this pack is guaranteed to keep all your things neat, organized and right where you left them. We’re obsessing over the shiny, rose gold metallic fabric, and the storage space this bag offers is truly next-level. Get ready for tons of compliments! ($138, verabradley.com)


Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Backpack With Fringe


rebecca minkoff fringe backpack


Boho babes, this is the bag for you. While this pack is definitely not made just for academic purposes, there’s still plenty of room to pack your essentials on the go (think wallet, keys, sunnies and makeup bag!). What’s more, you’ll be turning heads with this undeniably fashion-forward bag; you may never want to take it off. ($295, rebeccaminkoff.com)


Everlane Modern Twill Single Snap Backpack


everlane backpack in burgundy wine color


Simple, stylish, sophisticated, and small, this understated bag is perfect for a minimalist fashionista. Even Meghan Markle is obsessed with Everlane bags! The burgundy-wine color is perfect for crisp, cool weather, and is ideal for the gal on the go. Add to cart ASAP! ($55, everlane.com)


Herschel Retreat Backpack


herschel retreat backpack in mint green


A tough, outdoorsy backpack mixed with a pretty pastel color is so stylish and perfect for fall. This one will take you from walking along the leave-strewn quad in the fall to the dog days of winter thanks to its practical, durable design. Plus, it has a super cute inner lining. ($81, asos.com)


FJÄLLRÄVEN Kånken Water Resistant Backpack


FJALLRAVEN backpack in light blue


Chances are you’ve seen several of these colorful European popping up across the country. Originally made for Swedish children’s schoolbooks, this now iconic design has become a hipster academic staple. Crafted with both comfort and indie style in mind, this pack will complete your look day in and day out. ($80, nordstrom.com)



Calvin Klein Backpack


calvin klein backpack in red leather


This classic color feels totally back to school (apples for teachers, right?), but it’s chic enough to take to brunch or a night out with the girls. The pebbled leather Calvin Klein backpack has a front zip and hidden back zip pocket on the exterior and three pockets in the interior to store all your must-haves. ($258, macys.com)


Henri Bendel Jetsetter Convertible Plaid Backpack


Henri Bendel backpack in plaid


Blair and Serena are this brand’s biggest fans, and lately, Henri Bendel has been producing the most versatile backpacks on the market. Depending on your mood (and needs), this pack can be worn as a classic backpack, crossbody, or satchel while carrying all of your goods. The plaid print also simply screams fall, and you absolutely have to have it. ($298, henribendel.com)


Adidas Originals Backpack


adidas backpack in gray with black hardware


The brand with the three stripes has been aggressively upping its athleisure game, which means a new lineup of backpacks is coming right in time for the busy fall season. We’re particularly loving this big pack full of various compartments for anything and everything you need to cram at a moment’s notice. If street style is up your alley, look no further than this pack! ($50, nordstrom.com)


Gucci GG Marmont Leather Mini Backpack


Gucci backpack in black leather


Just try not to drool over this lust-worthy, leather Gucci backpack. This is the ultimate luxury backpack; the exact beauty practically every influencer will be photographed carrying this fall. Save up your loose change and start setting aside your cash ladies; this luxe bag doesn’t come cheap, but it will last you a lifetime. ($1,980, nordstrom.com)


Boohoo Chevron Quilt Ziparound Rucksack


affordable Gucci backpack replica in chevron black


It can’t be just us: We are getting major affordable Gucci backpack replica vibes from this black rucksack. The top handle, the chevron pattern in the (faux) leather, and the ziparound style are screaming Gucci Marmont backpack to us, and at just $40, it basically costs 98 percent less. Um, sold. ($40; boohoo.com)


Hunter Original Rubberized Backpack


hunter waterproof backpack in red color


Even with a permanently sunny outlook, rainy days are inevitable and just around the corner. From the classic, proper British brand who probably made the rain boots in your closet comes a new take on a waterproof pack that will keep all your goodies nice and dry. When a torrential downpour seems imminent, don this pack and jump in every puddle. ($175, hunterboots.com)


Lululemon City Adventurer Backpack


Lululemon backpack


Gym bags don’t have to be bulky and oversized! The activewear goddesses at Lululemon designed a deceptively compact and undeniably chic pack to fit your gym essentials, accessories, and everything you need for work. Talk about a work-to-workout bag! ($128, lululemon.com)


Matt & Nat Vignelli Backpack


Matt and Nat backpack in black leather


Want the leather look without harming the environment? Matt and Nat specialize in crafting quality, vegan leather fashion, and we’re simply in love with this structured pack. You can squeeze in your laptop and other necessities, plus there’s a sleek and inconspicuous pocket perfect for your phone or keys. Did we mention the top handle is totally adorable? ($160, urbanoutfitters.com)



Modaluxe Abbey Vegan Backpack


free people vegan backpack in green


Cute vegan backpacks are few and far between, but this distressed find is perfect for wanderers and city folk alike. The delicate cutouts and unique, green hue make this pack one in a million, and she’s big enough to handle everything you need to fill her to the brim. ($88, freepeople.com)


Patricia Nash Woven Jacini Backpack


blue woven leather backpack


You can’t go wrong with a leather backpack, but you can make sure your new addition is drop dead gorgeous! This vintage and sophisticated pack is made with distressed, dyed leather woven together to create a completely distinctive bag all your own. It’s not quite big enough to fit a laptop, but it’s perfect for everyday use as you bop around town. ($199, macys.com)