School starts in one week, and although I’m all for recycling last season’s bag, I’m like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to picking out a new bag for the year. No matter the style or design, my number one concern is that the bag is big enough to hold all of my books and my laptop. Sometimes it’s challenging to find a large bag that’s affordable and fashionable, but don’t throw in the towel just yet. You’ll regret buying a bag that’s too small as soon as you start shoving books into it and the fabric begins to stretch (and later tear). But look no further; we’re here to help with a few suggestions of our own to spice up your collegiate wardrobe.
Big Buddha, $90, visit bigbuddha.com
This stylish Big Buddha bag comes in three different colors: cream, charcoal, and red. It has a funky interior and a sophisticated edge that jibes with any outfit. Most importantly, it fits your laptop and all of your books with a little extra room to spare.
Free People, $138, visit freepeople.com
We’re obsessed with this Free People bag. It has a masculine vibe perfect for the fall and winter time. The leather straps balance the toughness and lend well to the overall messenger style. Pair it with a black leather jacket and jeans and you’ll look effortlessly awesome. You really can’t go wrong with this bag.
Steve Madden, $58, visit stevemadden.com
This leopard Steve Madden backpack definitely makes a statement. The best part is, it makes a statement in the shape of a conventional backpack: it has comfortable straps and classic style that will never be “so last season.”
BDG, $169, visit urbanoutfitters.com
Leather, classic and easy, is the best material for a go-to bag. Whether you purchase it in brown or black, you can wear this bag all year round. It may be a bit pricey for a backpack, but we think its versatility makes it worth the splurge.
- Sarah Kehoe