Found: 10 Stylish Backpacks You Won't Be Embarrassed to Wear to Work

Updated 07/02/19

If there's one trend I've been hesitant to embrace, it's wearing backpacks. No matter how many model-off-duty images I see, I can't help but shake the schoolgirl connotations. The dilemma? Having lived in New York City for two years, I realize backpacks aren't just trendy—they're a weekend and workwear essential if your commute involves catching the subway or walking. In this city, that's basically everyone.

After a few sheepish trips to the chiropractor, I've started searching for a stylish backpack that ticks all the boxes: It needs to be big enough to fit a laptop, durable for my daily commute, and understated so that I feel comfortable taking it to the office and after-work events. Here are 10 of the best I've found during my three-month-long search. If you pass me on the streets of New York, this is what I'll be wearing.

Best Backpacks for Women—Chanel
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The Daily Edited Black Structured Backpack $250
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Personalize this leather backpack by adding your monogrammed initials for no extra cost. 

Kate Spade backpack
Kate Spade Watson Lane Harley Nylon Backpack $198 $137
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This chic, nylon backpack has elegant leather details. 

Raffia backpack
Alberta Ferretti Leather-Trimmed Raffia Backpack $995
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Open-weave raffia is casual and cool; the leather straps and drawstring dresses it up. 

Longchamp backpack
Longchamp Veau Foulonne Backpack $630
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This Longchamp option is available in black with silver detail, and has both a drawstring closure and snap flap. 

Danse Lente backpack
Danse Lente Jamie Leather Backpack $560
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This structured backpack is crafted from buffed calf leather and features graphic topstitching on the front.

Calpak backpack
Calpak Caya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack $89
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Available in four great colors and featuring cool whipstitching, this one's a sweet budget find. 

Rebecca Minkoff backpack
Rebecca Minkoff Always On Mab Backpack $195
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Understated and subdued, this nylon-and-leather bag gets a kick from bold statement hardware. 

Tumi backpack
Tumi Voyageur Bethany Nylon Backpack $345
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Polish off any outfit with Tumi's sleek nylon style, complete with padded tablet compartment. 

Rebecca Minkoff backpack
Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Backpack $315 $252
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Simple and well-designed, this powder-blue leather backpack adds a pretty pop of color to any outfit. 

Longchamp backpack
Longchamp Le Pliage Nylon Backpack $125
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This Longchamp option is a classic choice, available in five go-with-everything colors. 

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