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18 Backpacks That Will Make You Rethink Your Go-To Bag

Your shoulders will thank you.

Tyler Joe

Backpacks have become the ideal choice for a hassle-free schlep across town. Gone are the days when you'd only spot them on the shoulders of Coachella-goers—investing in a luxe leather backpack has become just as satisfying as getting your hands on that new Gucci shoulder bag you've been eyeing. Ahead, we've rounded up the best backpacks for every occasion—from the gym to the office—that will make you reconsider grabbing your tote the next time you walk out the door.

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Best for Commuting
The ReNew Transit Backpack

Everlane's minimalist ReNew backpack, made out of 100 percent recycled polyester, can fit a 15-inch laptop. Plus, it's water-resistant for those unpredictable rain showers on the commute home from work. 

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The Investment Backpack
Gucci 1955 Horsebit Backpack

With a structured silhouette in glossy leather, Gucci's gorgeous 1955 Horsebit backpack is equipped with leather straps and a front zippered pouch. It'll be hard not to keep it on display in your closet forever, but it deserves to be paraded through the streets. 

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Best for Workout Classes
Convertible Appliquéd Shell Backpack
Adidas by Stella McCartney Net-a-Porter

This chic Adidas by Stella McCartney lightweight backpack folds into a compact belt bag when you need to stuff it into a tiny gym locker. 

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Most Professional
State Bags

Show up to your interview lookin' like a boss in State's Wythe backpack that's the epitome of sophistication with its sleek leather front panel. It fits a 13-inch laptop and has multiple zippered compartments with organizers for important documents. 

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Best for the Weekend
Jess Soft Faux Leather Mini Backpack
Urban Outfitters

A mini backpack fit for all-play-no-work weekends whether you're heading to brunch with girlfriends or having a picnic in the park. 

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For a '90s Vibe
Veau Foulonne Backpack
Longchamp Bloomingdales

This is not your middle school Longchamp tote bag—it's better. Meredith Blake would approve. 

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Best for International Travel
Upland Leather-Trimmed Canvas Backpack
Paravel Net-a-Porter

Paravel's leather-trimmed, water-resistant canvas backpack screams, "Take me to Italy!"  

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Kroser Laptop Backpack

People are obsessed with Kroser's laptop backpack on Amazon, mainly due to its built-in USB port. One reviewer wrote, "I tend to be a bag snob, but I love this bag so much!" 

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Most Versatile
Avery Leather Backpack
FP Collection Free People

A slouchy leather backpack, available in black or blush, that can convert into a shoulder bag? We accept this rose. 

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Monogram Option
The Canvas Somerset Backpack

Madewell's sturdy canvas backpack is every boho-lover's dream, and even has the option to be monogrammed. 

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Best for the Gym
City Adventurer Backpack 17L

Once you realize that this chrome backpack has an interior water bottle pocket, plus enough room for a change of clothes and sneakers, you'll wonder how you ever made the office-to-gym commute carrying anything else.

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The Transport Rucksack

Behold: a vegan leather bag that can be carried by the handle, worn over both shoulders, or slung over one arm without any worry that you're going to rip the straps. It has enough room to fit your entire life—laptop, tampons, lipstick, and all—and comes in black if you plan to keep it at the front of your closet year-round.

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Best for the Weekend
Leather Backpack

Blink and you'll almost mistake this backpack for a classic bucket bag. If you can afford to splurge a little, this soft leather silhouette is sturdy, beautiful, and has an easily accessible pocket to slip your phone into so it doesn't drown in your receipts.

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Best for Travel
The Backpack
Away Travel

This unisex minimal knapsack is made with padded shoulder straps and a large interior. It's ideal for any travel environment, from the Hamptons to the Carolinas.

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Most Versatile
Caraa x Athleta Convertible Backpack

Meredith Blake, is that you? This black mini canvas backpack is perfect to schlep around during shopping trips or grocery runs without sacrificing your style.

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Most Stylish
Metro Backpack
MZ Wallace

The quilted pattern on this MZ Wallace bag lets you pull off a cooler vibe in laid-back work environments without looking like you're heading to Coachella.

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Most Non-Backpack-Looking
Convertible Tote Backpack
NOTABAG Nordstrom

This convertible canvas tote/backpack hybrid doesn't immediately look like a backpack, which is exactly the point. It can be worn on your arm if you're heading to a meeting or on your back if you're holding your coffee in one hand and answering emails in the other.

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Best to Throw Sh*t Into
The Backpack

One reviewer said this Beis backpack was her favorite birthday present to herself, so that's really all you need to know. 


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