10 Backpacks You'll Want for Fall
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I always wanted a “cool” backpack when I was in school, but inevitably needed something that would last me all year long (and double as an extra gym bag to lug around to track meets!). Even though I just tote things from my apartment to the office now, I still want a backpack that’s all about durability. Luckily I found this SprayGround style with its chic round design and not-so-typical weave pattern that’s still practical without being too snoozy.
Buy It! SprayGround Kumo Japanese Weave Deluxe Backpack, $70; sprayground.com
MATT & NAT
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: I didn’t even carry a backpack when I was in school (I was an obnoxious kid, what can I say) so this wasn’t a trend I was super-enthused about. Until I saw these sleek Matt & Nat “vegan leather” backpacks, which come in rich colors and a manageable size that will look great draped over my arm when I chicken out on the whole “backpack” thing.
Buy It! Matt & Nat “Chanda” backpack, $130; mattandnat.com
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: Grown-up, fancy backpacks have been trending for a while now – but this season I’m loving more classic styles with a hint of nostalgia, and no one nails that vibe like Herschel Supply Co. In addition to looking cool, their bags are super-functional, featuring tons of space, including a special sleeve for a laptop. Plus, most are designed to be unisex so you and your man can be all #cutestcouple and wear matching ones.
Buy It! Herschel Heritage Backpack, $54.99, herschelsupply.com
Adeline Duff, Style & Beauty Intern: This versatile backpack from Terrain is perfect for the multitasker. Yes, it s great for school but it can also double as a weekend bag, beach bag, or even as a replacement for your day-to-day handbag. What I love most is that it s made of recycled cotton; plus, it comes in three different colors. To me, this is the epitome of a “swing it over your shoulders and go,” type of bag – so it s an excellent choice for late risers (like myself) who are always in a dash.
Buy It! Terrain Recycled Cotton Canvas Backpack, $48; shopterrain.com
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: I never considered myself a backpack gal, but I spotted this structured number at a recent concert and asked the super-stylish girl carrying it (in between songs, of course) who the designer was. Since then, I’ve come up with at least three reasons why I’m picking up the limited edition piece ASAP: The wide base means there’s plenty of room for the ton of stuff I carry; the light color will perk up my otherwise dark fall uniform; and the faux (emphasis on faux) suede is a huge plus because I’m going to ruin it at some point.
Buy It! River Island “Light Grey Faux Suede Panel” Backpack, $60; riverisland.com
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: This leather-and-felt bag is just what I want for fall: not too tough and not too prissy. It’s the antidote to a too-girlie floral mini, and a complement to the minimalist blouse-and-jeans combo. I require all my backpacks to have a good-sized front pocket like this one – it makes me able to quickly extract my phone and Metrocard without having to completely remove the pack from my back and unzip the whole thing.
Buy It! MRKT “Frank” Backpack, $145; mrktstore.com
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: For me, backpacks are generally reserved for traveling, so I need one that doubles as a carry-on. This bag from TOMS holds almost as much as a suitcase (seriously, it’s 17 inches tall), and has a padded laptop compartment. The best part? Proceeds from each purchase go toward anti-bullying organizations.
Buy It! TOMS “Solid Standup” Backpack, $39; toms.com
LOEFFLER RANDALL SHEARLING MINI
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: My typical bag of choice tends to be more of the “larger-than-life tote” variety (I’ll forever be a bag lady), but this fall, I plan on heading back to school (er, work) with the chicest, stylish and, well, priciest, bag in my collection: this mini shearling backpack by Loeffler Randall. I think Regina George would agree that looking cool sometimes calls for a bigger cash outlay. (Kidding! Kinda.)
Buy It! nordstrom.com, $495
REBECCA MINKOFF 'JULIAN'
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: I overstuff every bag I own, so a roomy backpack is a must for me this fall. From the textured leather to the port wine color, this carryall is different from every other purse in my closet and it will fit everything from my iPad to my makeup pouch. (It’s so cute, I don’t think I can wait till next season to wear it!)
Buy It! Rebecca Minkoff “Julian” backpack, $295; rebeccaminkoff.com
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: This half-bucket-bag, half-backpack could not get more minimalist if it tried. Translation: It’s the perfect counterpart to every outfit I own (and to the cluttered mess that’s usually going on inside my bag).
Buy It! Zara Backpack with Foldover Flap, $35.90; zara.com