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Adult Backpacks to Buy Now

These are actually cute.

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Backpacks haven’t always had the chicest rep — thanks to high school cafeterias and sloppy post-gym looks — but when you think less “10th grade math class” and more “stylish bag you can also wear on your back,” they make for a really sleek, practical accessory.

The even distribution of weight on both shoulders is also great for your body, too, making backpacks the perfect alternative to a tote. (And who’s ever complained about being hands-free? No one, that’s who.)

This season, you’ll find lots of structured leather, trendy detailing (like tassels and shearling), and metallic colors, all just as good for weekend brunch as they are for your office commute. Here are a few of our favorites you can shop now.


A tan leather backpack

Matt & Nat Chanda Backpack, $140.

Black and white Michael Kors backpack

MICHAEL Michael Kors Rhea Backpack, $328.

A tan faux leather backpack

BP Faux Leather Backpack, $50.

Chestnut brown top handle flat backpack.

VereVerto Macta Backpack, $497.

A bronze flap backpack

Cold Picnic Colorblock Backpack in Bronze, $310.

black fold over backpack with front zip

KARA Black Small Backpack, $450.

A green Longchamp backpack with a brown flap and straps

Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack, $125.

Loeffler Randall black backpack

Loeffler Randall Mini-Backpack, $395.