Whether or not you want to believe it, it's September and school is back in session. If your back-to-school wardrobe is almost complete, it may be time to rethink that backpack you've been carrying books in for years. It's full of broken granola bars and totally takes the style of your look down a notch. You don't have to swap the practical backpack style out for a purse that will leave you with aching armloads of books, but why not try a more fashionable backpack? These styles will work season after season and look just as good as your carefully coordinated outfit, not to mention that they're all under $100.
This chic but functional nylon backpack from Topshop will go with anything you wear.
This Herschel backpack from ASOS is such a classic, you'll want it in your wardrobe forever.
The luxe suede of this River Island bag from ASOS is an instantly chic but understated update to the classic backpack shape.
Leather (or faux leather)
This structured tan bag from ASOS has a slight utilitarian feel despite the luxe leather, and will look so much cooler than your average backpack but more fun than a real purse.
This Kelsey Dagger backpack from ASOS is almost like a briefcase, but it'll give your jeans and t-shirt combos a major polish upgrade.
This white faux leather backpack by Mango is creamy and cool, and will go with both casual or dressier school clothes. .
This hologram-like backpack by Skinny Dip London (found on Nasty Gal) is so cool, and the silvery sheen is basically a neutral; it goes with everything! Add some edge but don't sacrifice utility, as this pack is waterproof but looks SO cool.
Pssst- ASOS has the same bag by Skinny Dip London in the most adorable pink, here!
This Sprayground gold backpack from Forever 21 has a toughness, despite the simple backpack shape. Wear it with all black for a funky, edgy vibe.
The patches on this backpack by Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony are so bold and cheeky, they'll make a statement out of your simplest outfits.
This Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony backpack is simple enough with the black leather to match your brightest looks, but the candy-colored dots perk it up and make it special.
This mini pack from Nasty gal may not carry your laptop, but it's a school-appropriate and adorable alternative to your favorite carry-all purse.
How adorable is this mini version of the classic backpack by Mi Pac on ASOS? Just big enough for your books and small enough to not overwhelm your outfit.
This fringed leather mini backpack by River Island goes from the classroom to your weekend plans in a snap, infusing any outfit with a little bit of festival-style cool.