A Backpack Just Might Be Your Chicest Fall Accessory — Yes, Seriously

As summer comes to an end (can you believe it!?), we all so vividly remember the excitement that fall used to bring as children. It was never easy to swap out popsicles for pencils, but going back to school always meant one thing: school supply shopping. (In fact, this may be the root of our shopping obsession.) There was always an eagerness that came from hitting the mall with our parents for that key school purchase—the perfect backpack. This concept has obviously evolved over the years along with our personal style (from hot pink sparkles, to understated neutrals, we can all admit to having every backpack imaginable in our school yard days).

Just because we’re no longer students, doesn’t mean we have to be deprived of the joys of back-to-school shopping and, more importantly, a solic backpack. Although we’ve traded colored pencils for a laptop, and PB&J sandwiches for acai bowls, we’re still major supporters of the carryall…but in a much more adult fashion. Lucky for us, these super-efficient two-strap totes are everywhere this season, courtesy of some of our favorite designers. Think: durable nylon that can stand the wear and tear of your morning commute and designer leather that adds a chic pop to a simple ensemble. Even though our school days have come to an end, we can relive them in the most sophisticated way with elevated versions of our dependable childhood favorites. Read on for some of our favorite fall backpacks that will take you from work to play and far beyond this season.


Ring in fall with one of its signature hues. This burgundy backpack is made for long days at work, evening trips to the gym or any other adventure you plan to set out on this season.

A more affordable version of an iconic luxury brand, this patent leather backpack mixes glamour and simplicity for an uncomplicated statement to add to your everyday jeans and tee combo.

We can always count on Free People to provide a brilliant boho take on a popular style. You'll feel beach vibes all through the chillier months with this distressed, leather beauty.

This pretty peach backpack is the surprising pop of color your autumn wardrobe needs. It's a transitional piece made for all of your summer-to-fall looks.

This minimalistic backpack combines some of the year's hottest trends to create a fun and easy vessel to carry around all of your essentials. Its uniquely round shape and muted lilac tone will stop people in their tracks. The best part? It's 100% vegan and totally affordable.

Channel your inner Kourtney Kardashian with this teeny tiny backpack. If you're really feeling like a reality star, pair it with a slip dress and cat-eye sunnies for the full effect.

Who says sporty style is strictly reserved for athletes? This mixed print backpack is just playful enough to liven up your accessory collection. The straps are completely detachable, so you can feel free to change your look over and over again.

Add a personal touch to this classy backpack by having it monogrammed with your initials. It makes the perfect gift for a friend or the ideal excuse to treat yourself!

The raffia fad doesn't have to end when summer is through. Rock this upgraded version of a woven beach bag all year round.

A bold red doesn't have to end at your favorite lipstick shade. Wear this polished backpack with a leopard-print coat, boyfriend jeans and your most comfortable sneakers.