Back to School: What Backpack Will You Be Rocking This Year?

Everyone knows that when it comes to school, a backpack is absolutely necessary. You use it to carry around everything from your binders to gym clothes to makeup. Sure, it should be functional, but who said your backpack doesn’t have to be cute, too? Here are some ideas for awesome backpacks that will bring you some attention- the good kind, of course!

Spray Paint

Anyone who’s gone to school knows that JanSport is the backpack brand. Since their founding in 1967, their backpacks have been viewed as some of the roomiest and best functioning bags. Last year, I carried a teal JanSport bag around school, and it successfully held four binders, a few notebooks, a textbook and more. This year, however, why not mix up the classic JanSport look with a cool, colorful print? It’s trendier and more eye-catching, but still functional and school appropriate, not to mention inexpensive. Plus, they offer two different sizes- both of which have easily accessible pockets and comfy arm straps. What’s not to love about that?

big spray paint backpack

spray paint backpack
Comic Strip

Make a statement with a backpack covered in stand-out expressions and comic-like art. For those of you with a sense of humor or a hip-hop kind of style, this back pack will add more punch to your outfits. The vibrant reds, oranges and yellows will draw someone’s eye in a good way! It’s easily accessible with an outer and inner pocket and adjustable straps, so it’s just as functional as it is eye-catching. My only complaint? The white background. I wouldn’t recommend this style to someone who throws their backpack everywhere or is likely to get it dirty. If you’re not one of those people, go for it! And carry around a Tide to Go stick just to be safe!

comic bag

My favorite pattern is by far stripes. So, when I saw this Betseyville backpack online, I fell in love. (Unfortunately I already have a backpack that I’m in love with, which you can see here.) Not only is it striped, but it’s also sparkly and studded. It comes in two different color choices- black or grey- but both are eye-catching and super functional. It has a cell phone pocket on either side of the face and a zipped one on the inside. I personally prefer the black bag because the studs stand out more against the black, orange, purple and green stripes, but the choice is entirely yours.

black striped backpack

grey striped backpack

Polka dots are the epitome of sweet and ladylike looks, but this bag puts a twist on the polished pattern. The shape and fake leather plaque on the front make this bag resemble those of Diamond Supply Co., which are about four times the price of this bag at Zumiez. In the Zumiez catalog, the Diamond Supply Co. bags are featured in the guy’s section, but this backpack from Forever 21 is a more feminine take on the style. The black and white polka dots are classic, but the tan pleather accents provide some contrast. What a great way to keep school classy and fresh!

polka dot backpack

Messenger Bag

The last backpack I’d like to show you doesn’t actually go on your back. I generally find these bags more comfortable, but they can get pretty heavy if you carry too many books. Messenger bags are great if you don’t want to carry a humongous bag on your back, and they’re even better when they’re fashionable! I like this one a lot because it’s a bright color and has buttons on the front. Even though the buttons aren’t functional, they remind me of a double-breasted coat, which I think is really preppy and classic. I also like that there are five different color options. The mix of bright color and classic style makes it really trendy and fresh for school, not to mention the fact that it’s big enough to double as a laptop case!

messenger bag

messenger bag 2

So, now I’d like to hear your feedback. Which bag would you like to rock this year?

If anyone has any ideas for other back to school articles or decides to try one of these cool bags, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email:! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr:! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

JanSport Big Student Spray Can Backpack, $44.99 at Kohl’s

JanSport SuperBreak Spray Can Backpack, $34.99 at Kohl’s

Cool Comic Graphic Backpack, $24.80 at Forever 21

Betseyville Mixed-Media Striped Backpack in Black or Grey, $49.00 at J.C. Penney

Classic Polka Dot Backpack, $24.80 at Forever 21

OGIO Midtown 15-in. Laptop Messenger Bag in Emerald or Tide, $66.49 at Kohl’s


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