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

Updated 05/05/19

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

Personalize this leather backpack by adding your monogrammed initials for no extra cost. 

Kate Leather Backpack
Steven Alan Kate Leather Backpack $395 $277

This buttery-leather backpack has a Y-shaped strap for back support. 

Women's Zip-Close Small Backpack
KARA Women's Zip-Close Small Backpack $450

Small but spacious, this Kara backpack is made from incredibly soft leather. 

Le Pliage Leather Backpack
Longchamp Le Pliage Leather Backpack $470

This Longchamp option is available in blue or black, and has both a drawstring closure and snap flap. 

Mini Macta Backpack in Sage
Vere Verto Mini Macta Backpack in Sage $426

Just because it's a practical item doesn't mean you have to opt for brown or black. This muted sage color is surprisingly versatile.

Lucy Metal Tab Backpack - Black
Topshop Lucy Metal Tab Backpack $40

This powder-blue Topshop bag is a great budget find. 

Darren Backpack
Rebecca Minkoff Darren Backpack $325

Understated and subdued, this is an ideal pick if you don't want statement hardware. 

Mini Faye Leather & Suede Backpack - Pink
Chloé Mini Faye Leather & Suede Backpack $1490

Chloé's iconic Faye backpack makes any outfit look polished. 

mini drawstring backpack
Mansur Gavriel Mini Drawstring Backpack $675

Simple and well-designed, this classic backpack by Mansur Gavriel will never go out of style. 

Veau Foulonne Backpack
Longchamp Veau Foulonne Backpack $615

This Longchamp option is big enough to fit a laptop, water bottle, and notebook. 

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