The backpack was once a traumatizing reminder of those awkward middle school years, but today it has reinvented itself as the latest designer accessory on our wish list. Ever since Chanel released their Rue de Cambon backpack for Spring ‘14, the childhood staple has been seen on the likes of Kanye West, Jessica Alba and Mary Kate Olsen, quickly becoming the most covetable item on our Instagram feed. As we transition from summer to fall, here are a selection of our top trendy backpacks to suit all budgets and styles.
This vegan-friendly faux-leather backpack with silver hardware shows just how trendy the modern backpack can be. Rock it from class to catwalk for effortlessly edgy style.
The traditional school backpack is luxuriously reimagined in this stylish leather number. Signature schoolbag straps are mixed with Proenza Schouler’s signature flip-lock closure to make this a functional but chic alternative to the plain old knapsack.
Dress to impress with this dramatic green velvet backpack. The intense color and material is sure to make a instant impact.
The rich nutty hues of this soft textured leather backpack are perfect for fall. The zip pockets also add an extra layer of functionality to this delicious accessory.
This adorable mini backpack is perfect for those constantly on the go. The unique, wrap-around zip pocket adds an extra twist of style to any outfit.
This edgy number from Alexander Wang features rose gold studs on the underside and signature AW dogclips. We love the functionality of the adjustable shoulder straps.
This vivid blue number made from vegan leather is a total steal at only $59. We love the big, bold tassel, which adds an extra splash of flair to its design.
Embrace your artistic side with this backpack inspired by the pioneering modern architecture of Le Corbusier. Small L.A. backpack boutique Harper Ave has a wonderful collection of spacious and color-contrasting backpacks, but this black leather number with clear sides is our favorite.
Japanese model-turned designer Ikumi’s soft but structured square backpack is the epitome of effortless style. The padded and adjustable straps blend comfort with an edgy aesthetic.