39 ways to wear a backpack at any age (adults, too!)

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/ Source: TODAY
By Rachel Greenberg

Backpacks are synonymous with heading back to school, but nowadays, these cute carryalls go beyond the classroom. While they’re still the most practical way for your tots and teens, a new crop of backpacks are cool enough for stylish adults, too! From quirky and cute to understated and chic, we’ve rounded up our favorites — whether you’re toting textbooks and lunch bags or lipsticks and car keys.

For young kids

For kids heading off to nursery and elementary school, a backpack is a great way to learn about ownership and responsibility. Pack their precious belongings in something that’s impossible to forget, whether it’s a too-cute shape, image from their favorite film or festive print. Here are some of our playground-ready picks.

Rampage Customizable Backpack with stickers, $40, Macy's

Rampage customizable backpack with stickersRampage

Fashion Accessory Bazaar LED Light-Up Backpack, $48, Nordstrom

Fashion Accessory Bazaar 'Mojo Galaxy' LED light up backpackFashion Accessory Bazaar

Skip Hop Zoo Backpack, $22, Zappos

Skip Hop Zoo PackSkip Hop

MadPax Tickle Me Pink Gator Luxe, $60, Spring

Tickle Me Pink Gator Luxe BackpackMadPax

Star Wars Backpack, $20, Old Navy

Old Navy Star Wars BackpackOld Navy

Neff Daily Backpack, $23, PacSun

Neff Daily BackpackNeff

Star Backpack, $26, Zara

Zara Star BackpackZara

STATE Mini Kane Backpack, $45, Shopbop

State Mini Kane BackpackState

Girls’ Tulle Backpack, $60, J.Crew

J. Crew Girls Tulle BackpackJ.Crew

Patterned Backpack, $18, H&M


High Sierra Curve Backpack, $25, Zappos

High Sierra Curve BackpackHigh Sierra

Survey Backpack Kids, $50, Herschel Supply Co

Herschel Survey BackpackHerschel Supply Co.

SoYoung Linen & Cotton Backpack, $40, Nordstrom

SoYoung Linen & Cotton BackpackSoYoung

For teens

At this age, your teen (or tween’s) style provides a peek into their personality. Don’t be afraid to encourage individuality, while offering a friendly reminder that comfort can be important, too. After all, these packs will likely go beyond classroom hallways to after-school activities and more.

Vans Old Skool II Backpack, $35, Urban Outfitters

Vans Old Skool II BackpackVans

Maje Perforated Neoprene Backpack, $98, The Outnet

Maje Perforated Neoprene BackpackMaje

Patterned Backpack, $30, H&M

H&M Patterned BackpackH&M

Embroidered Patch Backpack, $25, Forever 21

Embroidered Patch BackpackFOREVER 21

Asos Metallic High Shine Backpack, $49, ASOS

ASOS Metallic High Shine BackpackASOS

Skinny Dip Pink Velvet Backpack, $68, Topshop

Skinny Dip Pink Velvet BackpackSkinny Dip

Bayside Acid Wash Backpack, $58, Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal Bayside Acid Wash BackpackNasty Gal

Alexandra Mini Backpack, $88, French Connection

Alexandra Mini BackpackAlexandra

STATE Kane Backpack, $60, Shopbop

STATE Kane BackpackSTATE

Circus by Sam Edelman Clear “Eyes” Backpack, $85, Macy's

Circus by Sam Edelman Clear 'Eyes' BackpackCircus by Sam Edelman

Canvas Backpack, $38, BAGGU

Baggu Canvas BackpackBAGGU

Donught Macaroon Backpack, $80, Shopbop

Doughnut Macaroon BackpackDoughnut

For grown-ups

Adult backpacks are not only acceptable — they’re seriously fashionable! Sleek, chic styles rule the runways and infuse a youthful spirit into any modern wardrobe. Whether you’re running errands around town or trekking a laptop to and from work, a grownup backpack is a great choice for on-the-go adults. And you can't go wrong with a bag that leaves you hands-free.

Silence + Noise Sloane Simple Backpack, $54, Urban Outfitters

Silence + Noise Sloane Simple BackpackSilence + Noise

Asos Laser Cut Backpack, $45, ASOS

ASOS Laser Cut BackpackASOS

STATE Liberty Backpack, $65, Shopbop

STATE Liberty BackpackSTATE

Black Leather Look Zip Around Backpack, $60, River Island

River Island Black Leather Look BackpackRiver Island

Minimal Effort Vegan Leather Backpack, $58, Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal Minimal Effort Vegan Leather BackpackNasty Gal

Reid Backpack, $48, Herschel Supply Co.

Herschel Supply Co. Reid BackpackHerschel Supply Co.

BDG Velma Leather Mini Backpack, $69, Urban Outfitters

BDG Velma Leather Mini BackpackBDG

Deux Lux NYC Backpack, $40, Bloomingdale's

Deux Lux NYC BackpackDeux Lux

LOVE BRAVERY Mini Backpack, $24, Macy's


New Look Mini Faux Shearling Backpack, $31, ASOS

New Look Mini faux shearling backpackNew Look

Rigid Backpack, $40, Zara

Zara Rigid BackpackZara

The Dipped Mini Zip Backpack, $70, Everlane

Everlane The Dipped Mini Zip BackpackEverlane

Kyllie Small Vegan Backpack, $50, Sole Society

Sole Society Kyllie Small Vegan BackpackSole Society