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Go hands-free this summer with grown-up (and stylish!) backpacks

by Rachel Greenberg /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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When you think of backpacks, you may have images of kids with brown bag lunches or maybe even hardcore hikers with water and gear. But recently, this once-rugged bag has been reimagined with sleek features and high-end finishes that render it surprisingly stylish.

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For those who want to embrace this grown-up backpack trend, here are few options that are — quite literally — too cool for school.

Preppy

This striped canvas style is great for casual weekends at the farmers market or by the sea.

Shopbop.com

Baggu Backpack 4, $38

Edgy

The little leather jacket of bags, this metal-detailed backpack boasts a downtown aesthetic.

HM.com

H&M Backpack, $35

Minimalist

This stark white sack is as far from cutesy as it gets.

Zara.com

Zara Backpack with straps, $70

Soft

Supple suede gives this bag a luxe yet laid back vibe.

Mango.com

Mango Suede backpack, $80

Romantic

Embossed suede and a pastel hue lend a ladylike vibe to this traditionally sporty silhouette.

Topshop.com

Topshop Merino embossed suede backpack, $105

Utilitarian

Practical and chic, this twill backpack is a total no-brainer.

Everlane.com

Everlane The twill snap backpack, $65

Mini

Though it’s only large enough to carry the essentials, this little bag packs a big style punch.

Nordstrom.com

Big Buddha Studded mini backpack, $70

Bohemian

Thanks to the raffia and rope, this backpack begs to be paired with a flowy white dress.

Topshop.com

Zara Raffia rucksack, $70

Glam

A chain strap and gold-tone clasp makes this an excellent choice for evening accessorizing.

ASOS.com

ASOS Chain strap backpack, $54

Sporty

From the color and closure to the perforation and silhouette, this backpack puts the finishing touch on any sporty look.

Topshop.com

Topshop Perforated faux leather backpack, $68

Beachy

A great alternative to a typical beach bag, this pairs perfectly with cutoffs and sunglasses.

Shopbop.com

Bop Basics Raffia striped sling backpack, $75

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