8 Awesome Back to School Bags

[ 0 ] August 16, 2010 |

In high school, you could get away with throwing everything in a plain black backpack or even just carrying your books home. But in college, the rules change.  Not only do you have 10 pounds of books to lug back and forth across campus, but everyone will be noticing what you’re carrying them in.

No pressure. ;)

Get out your pens and jot down some notes because these are just a few of the hot new back to school bags that are sure to turn heads.


DAKINE Wheeled Prom Pack, $79.99, eBags.com (20% off coupon)

At first glance, these may look like your stereotypical back to school backpacks (yawn). But au contraire! With one pull, a handle emerges and they instantly become wheeled bags! Your back would thank you (if it could). Just take a few minutes and learn to drive it before taking it out on the quad with all those innocent toes.

Laptop Lugger

Fossil Wagner E/W Messenger, $80, eBags (20% off coupon)

We love the look of this casual canvas bag and its classic color, which goes with everything. It fits a 15″ laptop securely, so you can go hands free… a.k.a. with Starbucks in one hand and your iPhone in the other.

Perfectly Pink

Knomo Shannon E/W Laptop Tote, $149, eBags (20% off coupon)

Unleash your inner Girly Girl and support breast cancer research; eBags will donate 10% off this sale to the Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. This leather and canvas tote holds a 15.4″ laptop and is the perfect splash of color – even for 8am classes.

Day to Night

Steven by Steve Madden BSlick, $148, eBags (20% off coupon)

Have to rush out to dinner right after school? This stylish bag is functional for class (hello 16×12.5″ nylon tote) and fabulous for after (the pleating and stud detailing do all the work). Come to think of it, this bag is sort of dreamy…

The Conversation Piece

Manhattan Portage Limited Edition SOHO DJ Bag, $55, eBags (20% off coupon)

This bag is ridiculously cool. This graphic print is eye catching – so much so that it may trigger a conversion between you and the future Mrs. <your last name>. Actually, this bag’s great for both guys and girls and comes in green and black.

Fun & Functional

Kipling Ayati Print, $108, eBags (20% off coupon)

Tie dye was cool when you were a kid, and it’s back again this fall. This roomy 16x13x7.5″ has lots of space for books, your laptop, your phone, snacks and even a cardigan, which is completely necessary for class, by the way. They can really blast the a/c sometimes.

Tree Hugger

ecogear Coho, $39.99, eBags (20% off coupon)

Looking for something eco-friendly? This fresh bag is made from organic cotton canvas (totally brag-worthy). It’s only 14.5″ wide, so you can’t fit a large laptop, but an iPad or netbook will have plenty of room. We love the side pockets, perfect for slipping in your BPA-free stainless steel water bottle.

Retro Rad

Vans Retroactive Bag, $50, Karmaloop (10% off coupon)

Go old skool with the Vans Retroactive. Decked out in classic red, this rad bag offers all the essence you love about the 80s including perforated panels and red faux leather. Not only does it look hot, but it’s 12x14x6″, making it perfect for all those books.

When choosing totes and backpacks for back to school, there has to be a balance between fashion and function. Because it’s all fun and games until you can’t fit your chem book in there.

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About Lindy: Lindy started writing at age 8, when she completed her first story entitled Clio the Talking Cat. Fast-forward a few years into the future, and she’s happily moved on to writing celebrity shopping and frugal posts. Lindy lives with her cat (who doesn’t talk), enjoys lazy weekends at the cottage and old episodes of The Golden Girls. View author profile.

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