Stylish Backpacks For Back To School (Or Yourself!)

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I just love a good backpack. They’re perfect for toting school supplies, text books, wallets, lip glosses… even diapers! (The yellow Fjallraven above has been our go-to diaper bag since Huck turned one last fall.) In fact, I’ve seen backpacks rising the ranks of the all-the-cool-girls-have-one accessories here in the city. We’re not relegated to Jansports or those giant monogrammed L.L.Bean bags anymore. There is a whole world of insanely chic backpacks! Here, let me show you!


  • Distressed Backpack 1 of 17
    Distressed Backpack
    This backpack is ready to get beat up.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Forever 21, $35.
  • Herschel Supply Co. Backpack 2 of 17
    Herschel Supply Co. Backpack
    Such a fun old-school style.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Madewell, $40.
  • Vibrant Print Backpack 3 of 17
    Vibrant Print Backpack
    Your kid won't have a hard time identifying her backpack on the coat rack with this one.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Forever 21, $25.
  • Baggu Canvas Backpack 4 of 17
    Baggu Canvas Backpack
    Minimal and sleek. Machine washable, thankfully.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $24.
  • Cream Aztec Backpack 5 of 17
    Cream Aztec Backpack
    So pretty.
    Buy this stylish backpack at TopShop, $66.
  • Kimchi Blue Lace & Jersey Backpack 6 of 17
    Kimchi Blue Lace & Jersey Backpack
    This is one of my favorites ever. How fun is that lace? Almost as fun as that jersey!
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $50.
  • Ecote Solid Canvas Backpack 7 of 17
    Ecote Solid Canvas Backpack
    This one has a little "world traveler" vibe going on.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $50.
  • Around The World Backpack 8 of 17
    Around The World Backpack
    As much as I love this one, it does remind me of my neighbor's Mesa, AZ living room circa 1989...
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $50.
  • Ecote Bizarre Backpack 9 of 17
    Ecote Bizarre Backpack
    For the student who's not afraid of a little pattern.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $59.
  • Striped Canvas Backpack 10 of 17
    Striped Canvas Backpack
    I always say yes to stripes.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $49.
  • Pop High/Low Backpack 11 of 17
    Pop High/Low Backpack
    This graphic black and white number is so rad.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $59.
  • Carrot Colorblock Backpack 12 of 17
    Carrot Colorblock Backpack
    Gender neutral and sort of reminds me of the mid 90s... oh, Urban Outfitters.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $59.
  • Carrot Polka Dot Backpack 13 of 17
    Carrot Polka Dot Backpack
    Wait did you say you wanted polka dots on your backpack?
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $59.
  • Tallow Bucket Backpack 14 of 17
    Tallow Bucket Backpack
    This one is unique, and HUGE.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Urban Outfitters, $64.
  • Pocketo Fleece Backpack 15 of 17
    Pocketo Fleece Backpack
    Now this is a backpack you could fall in love with.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Poketo, $58.
  • BAG’n’NOUN Canvas Knapsack 16 of 17
    BAG'n'NOUN Canvas Knapsack
    I love this blue color.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Madewell, $130.
  • Herschel Supply Co. American Backpack 17 of 17
    Herschel Supply Co. American Backpack
    For the ruggedest among us.
    Buy this stylish backpack at Madewell, $85.

One trick for keeping your backpacks nice and clean as the day you brought them home: double bag any food item, make up, or pen pencil or crayon, in a Ziploc bag to keep from messes from spreading.

A big thanks to Ziploc for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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