19 Super Chic Backpacks That Don't Totally Suck

Like all other fashion trends, and especially everything from the 90’s at this very moment, backpacks as handbags are making a comeback in a BIG way. Music festival attendees love them for their ease of carry and hands-free ability to continually wave their hands like they just don’t care, of course.

And while I thought cute backpacks as handbags would make a quicker return to the fashion scene, it seems this 90’s trend took a bit longer to catch on. But from little baby packs to hefty and functional, priced from high-end designer to totally affordable, I’ve found 19 super chic backpacks that don’t totally suck!

  • Backpacks as Handbags are BACK! 1 of 20

    Thank you 1990's for this practical yet fabulous and adorable trend.

  • The Bitty Baby Backpack 2 of 20

    It's hard not to think about the movie Clueless and maybe even raves, but these baby backpacks are just the right amount of cute and practical combined. It's like a clutch you don't have to carry in your hand. GENIUS!


    Shop | ASOS Backpack Bag With Zips And Punchout Detail in white $64.49

    Shop | ASOS Backpack Bag With Zips And Punchout Detail in black $64.49

  • Sweet and Sassy 3 of 20

    This saddle bag style backpack makes hand-held carrying a cinch. It's got great worn-in leathery details and hardware and comes with a shoulder strap for 3-way carrying.


    Shop | Rebecca Minkoff Logan Backpack $425

  • BIG and PRACTICAL 4 of 20

    I love this quilted Marc by Marc Jacobs nylon backpack for it's functionality. It's the backpack you need for school and schlepping heavy stuff around and making it look effortless.


    Shop | Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Knapsack $198

  • Care-free, Hands-free 5 of 20

    Let this festive bohemian backpack give you a world-traveler look when paired with your basic jeans or cut-offs and tee's.


    Shop | ASOS Fringe Detail Backpack $76.36

  • White with Rose Gold LOVE 6 of 20

    A white faux leather backpack in a utilitarian design with unexpected polish and edgy studs looks sweet and sophisticated.


    Shop | Deux Lux Empire State Backpack $155

  • Classic Stripes 7 of 20

    Bold and beautiful! These big stripes can easily translate to classic, preppy, or edgy styles.


    Shop | ASOS Backpack Bag In Mono Stripe $47.52

  • Shimmy Shimmy 8 of 20

    A great double fringed out backpack for a bohemian rocker look.


    Shop | New Look Fringe Back Pack $50.89

  • Red HOT 9 of 20

    A sleek and slender, wrinkled red leather backpack with great zippered pockets and tassel details.


    Shop | orYANY Holly Backpack $330.00

  • GOLD Studded 10 of 20

    I love the shape of this backpack... and the gold on black give it the perfect edge.


    Shop | ASOS Studded Backpack $28.85

  • Nautical Prep 11 of 20

    This sturdy coated-canvas backpack gains a retro-nautical look with thin stripes. Leather trim and polished hardware offer an elegant finish.


    Shop | Tory Burch Viva Backpack $395.00

  • Studs Muffin 12 of 20

    A leather-look with a smooth finish and hearty spikes and studs. I love the white for Summer.


    Shop | ASOS Studded Backpack $64.49

  • Back to Basics 13 of 20

    A rugged, but basic and classic leather backpack with brass hardware and a slouchy silhouette.


    Shop | Madewell Leather Rucksack $248.00

  • A Little Suede Fringe Please! 14 of 20

    Beaded fringe sways from the embroidered flap top of this supple suede backpack, while a gleaming band of coins jingles gently along the base... this one's my favorite!


    Shop | Simone Camille Skylar Backpack $648-$486

  • Classic Nautical 15 of 20

    From the beach to the boat to brunch, this square backpack is perfect for any day's outing.


    Shop | Fred Perry Cotton Backpack $76.37

  • RUGGED! 16 of 20

    Rich, oil-rubbed leather lends an adventure-worn look to this compact backpack.


    Shop | ONE by Bed Stu Shiloh Leather Backpack $306.00

  • Sweet EDGE 17 of 20

    Another fun shape, but this one is fun 80's pastels for a cuter look.


    Shop | ASOS Studded Backpack $28.85

  • Roped Bucket 18 of 20

    Braided raffia puts a summer-ready spin on a slouchy backpack with twisted rope straps. Frayed ends leave a nautical impression, and the drawstring top opens to a lined interior with a single pocket.


    Shop | Bop Basics Raffia Crochet Backpack $115

  • Simple and Chic 19 of 20

    Soft leather composes a slouchy, slim backpack with a drawstring top and slender shoulder straps, giving an old-school bag a touch of fresh, luxe appeal.


    Shop | Marie Turnor Accessories Bak-Pak $495

  • Black with White Accents 20 of 20

    A mid-sized pack that packs a punch! The white contrasting details make this little guy stand out.


    Shop | New Look Beano Backpack $27.14


Check out my backpack-as-a-handbag moments in 2010
* Using a backpack as a handbag {November 2010}
* Carrying a Louis Vuitton Speedy vs a Backpack {July 2010}

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