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11 Stylish Work Backpacks That Fit Your Laptop (And Everything Else, Too)

Bye-bye, tote bag.

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When you're lugging your laptop from home to work and back again all the time, it takes its toll on your shoulders. Especially if all the weight is on one side (science has verified this). Well, what do I do about it? Funny you should ask. Unlike tote bags or single-strap purses, backpacks can help distribute the weight more evenly on your shoulders and lessen any muscle pains you might have gotten from toting around your 15-inch laptop, workout sneakers, and that bottle of wine you bought on the way home. I found tons of sleek, sophisticated backpacks that I'd happily trade my work tote in for. Give your right shoulder a break with these functional and cute backpack options.

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The Elegant Backpack
Black Structured Backpack
The Daily Edited thedailyedited.com

Who says backpacks can't be sleek? This 100 percent saffiano leather option from The Daily Edited is super smooth and structured for an elegant touch. As with most pieces from the brand, you can get this backpack monogrammed for that special touch. This bag can fit a 13-inch MacBook and an A4 notebook, and more. 

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The All-Weather Backpack
Field Backpack
Rains nordstrom.com

You'll want to break out this waterproof backpack when it rains or snows—this accessory can handle anything Mother Nature throws at it. It can fit most 15-inch laptops, and a generous front pocket allows you to stick pens, gum, snacks, and other miscellaneous objects in there with ease. 

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Best for Business Trips
Longchamp 3D
Longchamp longchamp.com

Rustic souls will love the coloring on this Longchamp backpack, which comes with two accessible front pockets and adjustable straps. If you're not into this shade for the office, it comes in other wearable colors, like midnight blue and brown. 

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The Backpack to Wear Every Day
The Zoe
Lux and Nyx luxandnyx.com

Designed for busy working women, this artisan, hand-crafted backpack is even more functional than it looks. An extra strap in the back allows you to easily slide it over your suitcase handle bars; you can attach a rolled-up yoga mat to the bottom of your backpack; and the side compartments are big enough to hold a change of shoes. I'm not done: You can also stick a 15-inch laptop in there along with other things. Magical? Yes. 

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Best for Transitioning to the Weekend
The Canvas Somerset Backpack
Madewell madewell.com

This sturdy canvas backpack is the perfect fit for anyone who works in a casual office environment. It's a no-frills piece for those looking to channel the outdoors and summertime vibes during their 9-to-5. The backpack will transition easily into the weekends too for picnics and the beach.  

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Best for Long Subway Rides
Metro Backpack
MZ Wallace

This plush, quilted nylon backpack from MZ Wallace is polished, sophisticated, and versatile for day or night use. The backpack comes with a removable pouch for smaller essentials and two interior cell phone pockets—one for your work phone and one for your personal. 

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Best for Moms
365 Dakota Neoprene Backpack
Dagne Dover nordstrom.com

This backpack does it all. It can be your trusty go-to office bag, a cute diaper bag, according to reviews, and/or a travel backpack. The item is lightweight and easy to clean, making it perfect for those who keep accumulating random things in their bags. The backpack comes in three colors, though the pink one is definitely my pick for summer.

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The Supersized Backpack
Large Leather Backpack
Cuyana cuyana.com

Cuyana took its coveted backpack and created a larger version of it. This one can hold even more of your work essentials, from your laptop to gym sneakers and even lunch. Yet the bag still maintains a pretty and feminine aesthetic for anyone who wants to look stylish on the go. (Take away the handle strap if you want a cleaner feel.)

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Best for Style Points
Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack
Calpak nordstrom.com

This faux leather backpack will pair well with all your professional outfits, thanks to the neutral color and boxy shape. It comes in five colors and has a separate laptop compartment (can hold up to a 15-inch laptop) that keeps your tech protected while providing quick access to anything you need. 

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Best for Versatility
The Packable Backpack
Everlane everlane.com

This Everlane backpack is amazing because it folds up and fits into a tiny pouch when not in use. This will come in handy when you're leaving from work to happy hour on Friday—just roll it up and stick it in your "going out" crossbody bag. The space-saver accessory is also great for travel. 

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The Go-With-Everything Backpack
15-inch Nylon Tech Backpack
Kate Spade katespade.com

As the name suggests, this nylon 15-inch backpack can hold your laptop and much more, making your daily commute less of a struggle. (No one wants to carry three different totes on a crowded rush-hour train or bus ride.) The straps sit comfortable on your shoulders and the backpack itself promises to be lightweight, thank God.

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