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

by Rachel Greenberg / / Source: TODAY

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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 stickers
Rampage customizable backpack with stickersRampage

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

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

Skip Hop Zoo Backpack, $22, Zappos

Skip Hop Zoo Pack
Skip Hop Zoo PackSkip Hop

MadPax Tickle Me Pink Gator Luxe, $60, Spring

Tickle Me Pink Gator Luxe Backpack
Tickle Me Pink Gator Luxe BackpackMadPax

Star Wars Backpack, $20, Old Navy

Old Navy Star Wars Backpack
Old Navy Star Wars BackpackOld Navy

Neff Daily Backpack, $23, PacSun

Neff Daily Backpack
Neff Daily BackpackNeff

Star Backpack, $26, Zara

Zara Star Backpack
Zara Star BackpackZara

STATE Mini Kane Backpack, $45, Shopbop

State Mini Kane Backpack
State Mini Kane BackpackState

Girls’ Tulle Backpack, $60, J.Crew

J. Crew Girls Tulle Backpack
J. Crew Girls Tulle BackpackJ.Crew

Patterned Backpack, $18, H&M

H&M

High Sierra Curve Backpack, $25, Zappos

High Sierra Curve Backpack
High Sierra Curve BackpackHigh Sierra

Survey Backpack Kids, $50, Herschel Supply Co

Herschel Survey Backpack
Herschel Survey BackpackHerschel Supply Co.

SoYoung Linen & Cotton Backpack, $40, Nordstrom

SoYoung Linen & Cotton Backpack
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 Backpack
Vans Old Skool II BackpackVans

Maje Perforated Neoprene Backpack, $98, The Outnet

Maje Perforated Neoprene Backpack
Maje Perforated Neoprene BackpackMaje

Patterned Backpack, $30, H&M

H&M Patterned Backpack
H&M Patterned BackpackH&M

Embroidered Patch Backpack, $25, Forever 21

Embroidered Patch Backpack
Embroidered Patch BackpackFOREVER 21

Asos Metallic High Shine Backpack, $49, ASOS

ASOS Metallic High Shine Backpack
ASOS Metallic High Shine BackpackASOS

Skinny Dip Pink Velvet Backpack, $68, Topshop

Skinny Dip Pink Velvet Backpack
Skinny Dip Pink Velvet BackpackSkinny Dip

Bayside Acid Wash Backpack, $58, Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal Bayside Acid Wash Backpack
Nasty Gal Bayside Acid Wash BackpackNasty Gal

Alexandra Mini Backpack, $88, French Connection

Alexandra Mini Backpack
Alexandra Mini BackpackAlexandra

STATE Kane Backpack, $60, Shopbop

STATE Kane Backpack
STATE Kane BackpackSTATE

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

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

Canvas Backpack, $38, BAGGU

Baggu Canvas Backpack
Baggu Canvas BackpackBAGGU

Donught Macaroon Backpack, $80, Shopbop

Doughnut Macaroon Backpack
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 Backpack
Silence + Noise Sloane Simple BackpackSilence + Noise

Asos Laser Cut Backpack, $45, ASOS

ASOS Laser Cut Backpack
ASOS Laser Cut BackpackASOS

STATE Liberty Backpack, $65, Shopbop

STATE Liberty Backpack
STATE Liberty BackpackSTATE

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

River Island Black Leather Look Backpack
River Island Black Leather Look BackpackRiver Island

Minimal Effort Vegan Leather Backpack, $58, Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal Minimal Effort Vegan Leather Backpack
Nasty Gal Minimal Effort Vegan Leather BackpackNasty Gal

Reid Backpack, $48, Herschel Supply Co.

Herschel Supply Co. Reid Backpack
Herschel Supply Co. Reid BackpackHerschel Supply Co.

BDG Velma Leather Mini Backpack, $69, Urban Outfitters

BDG Velma Leather Mini Backpack
BDG Velma Leather Mini BackpackBDG

Deux Lux NYC Backpack, $40, Bloomingdale's

Deux Lux NYC Backpack
Deux Lux NYC BackpackDeux Lux

LOVE BRAVERY Mini Backpack, $24, Macy's

LOVE BRAVERY Mini Backpack
LOVE BRAVERY Mini BackpackLOVE BRAVERY

New Look Mini Faux Shearling Backpack, $31, ASOS

New Look Mini faux shearling backpack
New Look Mini faux shearling backpackNew Look

Rigid Backpack, $40, Zara

Zara Rigid Backpack
Zara Rigid BackpackZara

The Dipped Mini Zip Backpack, $70, Everlane

Everlane The Dipped Mini Zip Backpack
Everlane The Dipped Mini Zip BackpackEverlane

Kyllie Small Vegan Backpack, $50, Sole Society

Sole Society Kyllie Small Vegan Backpack
Sole Society Kyllie Small Vegan BackpackSole Society

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