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18 Stylish & Unique Laptop Bags for College Students



Back in the Dark Ages, when laptops first hit the market and were enormous, clunky monsters, there was no need for laptop cases. But as laptops slimmed down, some enterprising soul saw the need for a bag that would allow us to transport our machines from place to place without having to — God forbid —actually hold it, and thus, the laptop case was born.

The market for laptop cases is hardly limited, and sizes and styles vary enormously. Whether you’re looking to keep things simple or store your entire life alongside your computer, College Fashion has you covered with 18 stylish and unique laptop-specific bags.

1. The Laptop Tote

laptop totes
Sumdex Samantha Laptop Tote – KoloBags, Mango Tango Canvas Portfolio Laptop Bag – KoloBags, Clark & Mayfield Sellwood Laptop Tote – KoloBags, Incase Tote –, Urban Junket t.o.t.e. Laptop Tote –, Nuo Chloe Dao by Nuo Laptop Tote – KoloBags

If you’re looking for a bag that’ll fit in anywhere, whether that’s the classroom, the mall, or the office, a laptop tote might be the answer. Able to carry both your laptop and essentials, the tote doubles as a purse as well as a style statement. A properly chosen laptop tote can follow you past college and into the working world.

2. The Messenger Bag

messenger bags
Herschel Morgan Canvas – Zappos, Two Trees Design Hoot Owl Messenger Bag –, Laurex 17″ Laptop Messenger Bag –, Mobile Edge Maddie Powers Messenger –, OGIO Women’s Manhattan Laptop Messenger –, Kroo USA 10″ Laptop Messenger Bag – KoloBags

For a funkier, more casual vibe, consider the laptop messenger bag. While you can certainly get sleek and professional with these, the sheer amount of crazy prints and designs that these bags come in begs the question…why? These bags can range in size, from being able to hold only your laptop to the entire universe.

3. The Laptop Backpack

laptop backpacks
Kara B Metro Laptop Backpack – KoloBags, Nixon Precept Backpack –, Mobile Edge Komen Paris Backpack –, David King & Co. Laptop Backpack –, OGIO Legend Laptop Backpack – KoloBags, Urban Junket Kathy T.O.T.E. Laptop Backpack – CoolComputerBags

Laptop backpacks are great for keeping all your things in one place and your shoulders blessedly free of uneven weight. (Your spine will thank you.) Sturdier and larger than the other offerings, these bags can fit pretty much anything you can cram into them, so long as you can still stand up. Not to mention they’re pretty much perfect for a bike ride or a commute to school.

What do you think?

What do you use to carry your laptop? Do you prefer one of the above designs over the others? Or is there another design that you’ve found particularly useful? Let us know your thoughts in a comment!

Posted on on April 13, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , ,

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11 Responses to “18 Stylish & Unique Laptop Bags for College Students”

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    April 13th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    My laptop fits into my school bag, but I’m worried that the straps won’t be able to take the weight! I like that blue tote though…

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    April 13th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    this is great. what would also be cool if you did one about bags that are like the longchamp bag, because while i love the versatility of th longchamp bag and how it can hold EVERYTHING, almost every girl in college has the bag. Any ideas?

  3. 3
    April 13th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I’ve had the Maddie Powers vintage looking messenger bag for 4 years. Still going strong with no rips or tears to speak of.

  4. 4
    April 13th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    If you have a heavy laptop (e.g. anything not Apple) please, for me, do not get a side-bag. It will mess up your back, especially if you regularly carry textbooks/book-books to and from classes. My back is in horrible shape (after four years of school, mind you) and I really wish I had gone with a backpack.

  5. 5
    April 14th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    this is a great idea for a post–I am always looking for a new laptop bag! C wonder has some really cute carry-all totes too!

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    April 15th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    i prefer a backpack for my laptop but the rest is also ok :)

  7. 7
    April 15th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I love the messanger bags. To me, the backpacks are a little too… elementary school, Yet I am a very causual person so I wouldn’t carry around purse everyday. The messanger bags are like a perfect medium.

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    April 15th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    The laptop backpacks here win (for me anyways)!!!!!
    I always thought that laptop backpacks had to be ugly (well, mine is just a plain black swiss gear one with a laptop compartment) but these are awesome!!! If my swiss gear one ever self-destructs, I’ll definitely consider getting one of these!

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    April 19th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you!! I have the 17” Macbook and it doesn’t fit anywhere!! jaja, maybe now i may be able to find a chic bag for my computer :D

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