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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.
Matt & Nat Chanda Backpack, $140.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Rhea Backpack, $328.
BP Faux Leather Backpack, $50.
VereVerto Macta Backpack, $497.
Cold Picnic Colorblock Backpack in Bronze, $310.
KARA Black Small Backpack, $450.
Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack, $125.
Loeffler Randall Mini-Backpack, $395.