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The Best Backpacks for Every Budget

by Julie Chiem


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Backpacks have come a long way. What used to be an accessory associated with school days has taken a stylish turn. Not only does it have enough space to fit your daily needs, but it also features chic designs for women, sleek details for men, and the coolest options for teens and kids.

With so many options out there, we curated the top-rated styles that combine function and fashion. Herschel backpacks have quickly become a go-to carryall among all age groups while MCM's Stark backpack is one of the most coveted luxury picks. Whether you’re in the market for a new It-bag, something work-appropriate, a weekend adventure, or a cool school bag, we’ve got your back.


A perfect bag is one that serves up high style while fitting all your necessities and letting you go hands free. Good news: it exists in a backpack. Polished enough for work and casual enough for play, make one of these backpacks your new staple piece. From statement-making styles to the clean and minimalistic options, shop our fashion-girl-approved selects ahead.


Men’s backpacks have never looked sharper. In a variety of sizes fit for so much purpose, these sleek designs are sturdy with convenient easy-access pockets. From the workaholic to the traveler, options range from the top statement styles to the best everyday options.


A fresh start to the school year starts with a great outfit — complete only with a new backpack. From nostalgic prints, tie-dye designs, and neutral to pastel colorways, express yourself with the trendiest and most-wanted styles ahead.


Fun and full of color, the coolest backpacks for kids are inspired by a superhero, cartoon character, or favorite show. Get them a backpack that feeds their latest obsession. They’ll be proud to wear it all year long — and they’ll love you for it.