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Options For Those Sick And Tired Of Their Backpacks

By Alexandria Sharpley

We have been carrying around our school supplies in backpacks since we were, what, five? Maybe you had a brief stint with a roller backpack or a satchel, but the sentiment remains.

Some of us have grown tired of backpacks for various reasons: maybe they hurt your shoulders, ruin your outfits, or you just feel too grown up for them. Whatever your reason, you have come to the right place. We’ve rounded up some backpack alternatives to help you stand out on Commonwealth Ave and refresh your school outfits.

The Canvas Tote

One of the easiest, and least expensive ways to up your school-bag game is to opt for a canvas tote. You can find these for sale almost anywhere, coming in various styles and price points.

Try this versatile and inexpensive option from Urban Outfitters, or perhaps this one from Madewell, both of which will go with any outfit. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, try out the iconic Marc Jacobs tote bag.

Leather Carryall

If you’d like to go for a more refined, “grown-up,” look, we’d suggest looking into leather bags. While these may be more expensive than your typical tote, they are undeniably chic and sophisticated. For example, this bag from Madewell comes in black and saddle and has a variety of compartments to hold all your necessities. If you are open to a higher price point, Coach also has a great selection of leather totes.

Funky Options

Bags are a great way to express your personal style. If you’re ready to get expressive with your bag, there are some great and super fun options out there. Here is some inspiration to get you started:


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