Whether you're already back on campus or are still packing up all your stuff, there's one thing that every college student needs before heading to class: the perfect bag! Between all of the textbooks, school supplies and other random things required throughout the day, every college girl needs a practical, stylish and not-too-expensive bag to carry all of her essentials.
Still looking for that perfect bag to carry your textbooks in style? Scroll on down to check out our round-up of cute and affordable backpacks, totes and messenger bags for back-to-school:
Not-So Basic Backpacks
Believe it or not, backpacks are actually going to be super-trendy this season! However, we're not talking your basic, run-of-the-mill backpacks here. Ever since Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's fashion line The Row debuted a $39,000 crocodile skin backpack, luxe knapsacks have been having a major fashion moment.
Aside from being stylish, a backpack is also perfect for lugging lots of heavy items across campus. Plus, with all of the adorable backpacks in stores now, it's never been easier to find a style that fits your personal aesthetic.
Tote bags are always popular among college-aged girls because they're both cute and functional. The perfect tote can instantly make any outfit look über-chic and can be a great way to show off your personal style.
The only downside is that these bags aren't extremely roomy and can't handle heavy loads the same way a backpack can. On the plus side, though, a tote can work double duty as a go-to bag to carry around when you aren't in class, so you're likely to get a lot of bang for your buck!
There are tons of options out there when it comes to size, material, color and pattern, so hopefully you'll find a tote that fits your personal style below:
Must-Have Messenger Bags
Messenger bags represent the middle-ground between the first two styles: they have all the practicality of a roomy backpack, with a similar style to a tote. These bags are also a classic, meaning they'll never go out of style. So, invest in a good messenger bag and you'll have a durable and stylish choice for years to come.
Looking for a cool messenger bag to carry around campus? Here are some of our favorites:
What kind of bag do you carry to class? Would you ever wear a backpack? What do you think of the bags featured here? Which one is your favorite? Remember to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!