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The Most Stylish and Fun Backpacks for School and Work

Zappos has the best selection of backpacks to tote your gear to work and school. Here are our favorites, from Kate Spade to Adidas.

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Nothing says fall like a brand new backpack. Along with carrying books, lunches, and laptops, a new backpack carries all your hopes and dreams for a fresh back-to-school start. Send your kids (and yourself) back to school and work with one of these stylish backpack options.

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Fjällräven Kanken 15 Backpack

Fjällräven is a Swedish outdoor brand that gives understated and cool vibes. The 15-inch Kanken is the medium size of the line, and the large interior pocket has ample space for a 13-inch laptop, hardcover textbooks, and school supplies. The side slip pocket holds a water bottle and the exterior pocket is perfect for storing quick access items like security badges and a phone.

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Dakine 365 Mini Backpack

Need a backpack that’s stylish, functional, and not enormous? Check out the Dakine 365 Mini Backpack. The streamlined silhouette was constructed in a durable 300D or 600D polyester canvas with a padded bottom that’ll hold up to regular use. And, it’s made from recycled materials—but you’d never know it!

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Under Armour Halftime Backpack

Looking for a sporty backpack for lugging sports practice or gym gear? The Under Armour Halftime Backpack features a water-repellent exterior and padded back panel for performance and comfort. It comes in four color combinations.

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Vera Bradley XL Campus Backpack

Made of quilted cotton and available in the whimsical designs and colors that Vera Bradley is known for, the XL Campus Backpack is a stylish backpack option. It’s also functional with a 28-liter capacity and exterior pockets.

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Adidas Alliance II Sackpack

Instead of a backpack, how about a Sackpack? The Adidas Alliance II Sackpack is a minimalist’s dream. The large interior compartment is accessible via a simple drawstring closure, and there’s a zippered exterior pocket for securing valuables. It’s lightweight, sporty, and doesn’t take up a lot of room in a locker or trunk.

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Coach Polished Pebble Leather Carrie Backpack

Chic and backpack don’t always go together, but the Coach Polished Pebble Leather Carrie Backpack is the exception to the rule. The sleek silhouette, gold zipper details, and comfortable drop straps combine to make the ultimate stylish power backpack.

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Herschel Supply Co. Packable Daypack

If you need a lightweight backpack that’s ready to go for day trips and outings, look no further than the Herschel Supply Co. Packable Daypack. This soft backpack option doesn’t have a structured shape, making it ideal for packing for field trips, pool supplies, or everything your dog needs at the dog park. It folds up when not in use for easy storage.

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Free People Carson Convertible Backpack

The Free People Carson Convertible Backpack does double duty as a backpack or a handbag. The wide open-mouth design makes it easy to see everything in the bag, from a laptop to lipstick to lunch. The green or brown suede material is luxe and adjustable shoulder straps are comfy to carry.

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Vans Pride Got This Mini Backpack

Support the LGBTQ community with a Vans Pride Got This Mini Backpack. To celebrate Pride 2021, Vans is donating a total of $200,000 to four different organizations around the world that support the LGBTQ+ community.

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The North Face Vault Backpack

Add a dose of adventure to your days with The North Face Vault Backpack. This option features a FlexVent suspension system for added breathability and an optimized organization system for keeping track of smaller gear.

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Kate Spade The Nylon City Pack

Nylon backpacks are beloved for their strength, versatility, and easy maintenance—but not so much for their style. Well, Kate Spade changes the equation with The Nylon City Pack. The structured nylon backpack in a bold green hue is perfect for fall and easily goes from the morning commute to after-work gatherings.

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