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These aren’t your average backpacks and totes. They’re stylish enough to use on your days off, too.

By Sarah Yang
August 27, 2015
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TOMS “Departure” Print Canvas Backpack
The geometric, black-and-white pattern updates the traditional shape of this backpack. It comes with a magnetic flap and drawstring closure, plus plenty of pockets inside and out (including one for your smartphone). To buy: $98, nordstrom.com
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Herschel Supply Co. ‘City-Mid Volume’ Backpack
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Herschel Supply Co. ‘City-Mid Volume’ Backpack

If you don’t want a bulky backpack, opt for this sleek one. It’s not very wide, but will hold enough books to get you through a day of college classes. There’s also a top carry handle and an exterior pocket for your cell phone and wallet.

To buy: $55, nordstrom.com.

TOMS Transport Tote
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TOMS Transport Tote

In printed cotton, this tote is big enough to hold everything you need for class and then some. The boho pattern makes for a relaxed everyday look. You can also use it to run errands or take on weekend trips.

To buy: $58, bloomingdales.com.

Baggu Backpack
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Baggu Backpack

The classic canvas backpack gets an abstract twist with this fun print. There are two zippered front pockets to hold all your valuables and a drawstring top with a tuck clasp closure.

To buy: $38, baggu.com.

Skinny Laptop Tote
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Skinny Laptop Tote

Minimalists, take note. This sleek and skinny bag is spacious enough to hold your laptop, a textbook, and your wallet and keys. Take advantage of the free monogram to make it personalized.

To buy: $179, markandgraham.com

Harwick Briefcase
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Harwick Briefcase

For the serious and sophisticated student, a briefcase is a must-have. It’s grown-up enough to take to your internship, too. This nylon bag has leather handles, an adjustable shoulder strap, and plenty of interior pockets.

To buy: $98, jcrew.com

Mossimo Supply Co. Women’s Tote Handbag
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Mossimo Supply Co. Women’s Tote Handbag

The playful polka dot print gives this school bag a bit of personality. Inside, there’s a pouch and pockets to keep everything organized. Plus, you can remove the strap and make it a handbag for the weekends.

To buy: $30, target.com.

RVCA Scout II Backpack
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RVCA Scout II Backpack

The interesting stripes on this backpack really set it apart from other options. Inside there’s enough room for books and notebooks, plus an interior pocket to stash your wallet, pens, and more.

To buy: $49, zappos.com.

Leather Messenger Bag
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Leather Messenger Bag

It’s the ultimate investment piece—this messenger bag will take you from the classroom to the office. And since it’s made from genuine leather, it will only look better over time.

To buy: $100, perryellis.com.

Blue and Light Grey Flat Top Backpack
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Blue and Light Grey Flat Top Backpack

With a flat top and a chunky drawstring, you’ll want to take this backpack with you all around campus. Stash your books and computer inside the main compartment and keep your wallet, keys, and phone in the front pocket.

To buy: $45, topman.com.

Metallic Tote Bag
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Metallic Tote Bag

This bag is for the student who wants to stand out by making a shiny fashion statement. The silvery tote comes with an interior, removable bag to stash small toiletries, a cell phone, and a wallet.

To buy: $40, zara.com.