If the last time you carried a backpack was when you were at school, you may want to reconsider. The backpacks below are sure to tempt you. The best backpacks for women combine style and practicality.
And, backpacks are very much on trend at the moment.
What should you look out for when choosing your backpack?
You may like to take the following into consideration:
Is the backpack Hands-free and comfortable
A backpack is a great alternative to a crossbody bag if you want to take a bag, but you also want to keep your hands free.
Keep in mind how comfortable it is. Are the straps cushy enough? Not too small and not too wide?
Your style personality
Choosing a backpack as your bag of choice could be particularly suitable if you have an urban style personality, or you want to add a bit of an edge to your outfit.
There is a backpack for every style personality.
What you want to fit in
Obviously, you’re carrying a bag for a reason. So, think about what you want to fit in, whether that’s your laptop for work, your travel essentials, or just your purse and phone.
A touch of luxe
While backpacks can be functional, that doesn’t mean they can’t also look beautiful. To really elevate your backpack, think about your material choice, color, shape, and whether you might want to invest in a designer option.
the best backpacks for women
We did a bit of shopping for you. What is your favorite from the backpacks below?
If you like versatility, the Aimee Kestenberg bag (below) can be used as a crossbody or backpack depending on how you alter the straps. The cobalt blue looks beautiful, but if you prefer, you could also choose tan or white.
Aimee Kestenberg All for Love Convertible Leather Backpack
The AllSaints bag (below) has a curved style that should appeal if you love architectural style or you want to add to your minimal wardrobe.
AllSaints Anouck Leather Sling Backpack
Pleats Please Issey Miyake
If you want to add a feeling of luxury to your backpack, you could look at a designer option. While Issey Miyake is best known for geometric tote bags, you could also try the pleated backpack (below).
Pleats Please Issey Miyake Pleated Backpack
You might also want to take a look at the 10 best designer bags you can afford.
A good option for day-to-day or travel, Longchamp’s Le Pilage backpack (below) comes in a choice of colors and features a leather trim.
An iconic design that won’t date, the Rebecca Minkoff Julian backpack has legions of fans, and is instantly recognizable thanks to the vertical zip and tassels.
Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack
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The Clare V. backpack (below) had 40% off when I checked, and can be carried as a backpack, a top handle bag or a clutch. The stripe detailing gives it a stylish, preppy feel.
With plenty of options for organizing your essentials, the Tumi convertible tote would be a good choice for travel or your daily commute.
Tumi Liv Convertible Tote
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If a soft gray, the HOBO backpack (below) looks minimal, yet classy and luxurious, and will go will all of your outfits. You can pull the straps through to the top to turn it from backpack into shoulder bag.
Lafayette 148 New York
Okay, this one is definitely an investment, but it’s definitely worth a look, even if just for inspiration. If you like the color combination, but don’t want the price tag, you could look at the Bostanten leather backpack from Amazon.
Lafayette 148 New York Small 8-Knot Canvas & Leather Convertible Backpack
Herschel Supply Co.
If you want to add a print to your outfit, then leopard print is a true classic. You could keep the rest of your outfit neutral.
Herschel Supply Co. Nova Mid Volume Backpack
A true classic, the hardware on the black Tory Burch backpack elevates the style. A good everyday style, as the nylon easily wipes down.
Tory Burch Flap Nylon Backpack
Kate Spade New York
Reviewers say the Kate Spade backpack (below) is the perfect size for your essentials if you’re looking for a smaller bag.
Kate Spade New York Leila Medium Flap Backpack
If you’re looking for a leather option, the Fossil bag (below) comes in a good choice of colors, and you can use as a backpack or crossbody. Reviewers say the leather is soft and supple.
Fossil Parker Leather Convertible Backpack
The Bostanten leather backpack (below) comes in a choice of all-one-color or two-tone choices like the black-and-white bag (below). Reviewers say it easily fits in a Macbook.
A classic choice in either black or brown, the Kattee bag (below). It is the right size to fit in an 11-inch tablet or small laptop.
Kattee Anti-Theft Leather Backpack
The stripe down the S-Zone backpack (below) gives this bag a luxurious, yet sporty feel. It comes in a good choice of colors and reviewers say it is a good anti-theft choice as the main zipper sits against your back.
S-ZONE Soft Anti-Theft Leather Backpack
shop the best backpacks for women here:
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- The Best Tote Bags To Fit Everything You Need Every Day
Do you ever use a backpack? You can leave your recommendations for the best backpacks for women in the comments below.
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Excellent information and timely.
I am going to explore an anti-theft bag.