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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.