1. The Bucket Bag
Just pack, grab and go. The bucket bag is perfect for lugging around heavy-duty books in style. Its seemingly endless interior and reinforced bottom stores even the largest textbooks. The tassels, hardware and rich cobalt color on the ASOS Leather Quilted Bucket Bag make the bag stylish as well as practical.
ASOS Leather Quilted Bucket Bag, $77.61
2. The Rucksack
A more modern, fashion-forward take on the reg
ular backpack, the rucksack keeps things fresh with a slouchy silhouette and lots of buckles. And since it’s not quite as sporty as its backpack cousin, it can easily be worn with jeans as well as dresses. A cute, floral print softens an otherwise military-inspired shape.
Printed Canvas Backpack, Delia’s, $29.50
3. The Hobo
A relaxed shape gives the hobo bag an overall casual feel, but when crafted in buttery yellow leather and stamped with the Cole Haan seal of approval, simplicity suddenly turns into understated glamour. If you are looking to splurge, look no further than the Medium Parker Hobo. Large enough to hold those bulky books but luxurious enough to make appearances beyond the classroom, this bag is an irresistible and worthwhile investment.
Cole Haan Medium Parker Hobo, On-sale online at Neiman Marcus, $200
4. The Discreet Laptop Case
For those classes where you need to carry your laptop, a discreet laptop case is the perfect accessory. These cases look like purses, but have a structured shape and interior padding that keep your computer safe. The Rebecca Minkoff ‘M.A.C.’ Metallic Snake Embossed Laptop Case has a thick strap that provides comfortable support, but the metallic snake-embossed exterior adds just enough high-fashion chic.
Rebecca Minkoff ‘M.A.C.’ Metallic Snake Embossed Laptop Case, Nordstrom, $129
5. The Structured Tote
A simple, structured tote bag is both useful and stylish. The Deena & Ozzy Structured Tote Bag will hold all your books comfortably, while the classic, dark, faux leather will complement any outfit.
Deena & Ozzy Structured Tote Bag, Urban, Outfitters, $69
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Sept. 12 print edition. Andrea Cihlarova is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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