12 cute tote bags for school if backpacks aren’t your thing

Sometimes back to school means sacrificing your style for more practical and dress-code options. But luckily there are usually no rules and regulations on what you can use to transport your books. So if backpacks just aren’t your thing, there are plenty of cute tote bags to, well, tote your stuff. Of course, there are still some nice backpack options out there if you just prefer that shape and the support offered by two shoulder straps. But if your style suffers, the sheer amount of options offered by tote bags make this classic bag the way to go.

Unfortunately, tote bags aren’t the best for your back and neck. So if you have a heavy load, you can always go for a backpack, which can distribute the weight more evenly over your body. Still want to use a tote bag? To prevent future health problems, chiropractor Isis M. Medina said Magazine, Make sure you never carry more than 15 percent of your body weight (although 10% is the ideal maximum), keep heavier items at the bottom of the bag, evenly distribute the weight of your items, and hold your bag close to your body as you walk. But enough sermons; here are 12 tote bags for all styles that will make you want to start carrying books again.

1. Classic

Classic Cuyana Leather Tote, $ 175, Cuyana

This soft leather tote comes in a variety of colors and can even be monogrammed for a touch of personalization.

Madewell The Zip Transport Tote $ 188, Madewell

A shoulder strap option and a zipper closure make this leather tote both versatile and secure.

H&M Shopper, $ 25, H&M

Hidden magnetic closures will keep everything in this chic vegan leather tote.

Large Le Pilage Longchamp tote, $ 145, Nordstrom

This waterproof, the nylon tote can be folded up for easy storage between semesters (not that you’d want to stop using it anyway).

Women’s Reversible Tote Handbag with Accessory Bag, $ 45, Target

It’s always nice to have options. This vegan leather tote is reversible for those days when you just want a change of color.


Free People Sun Valley Tote, $ 48, Free People

The faded print of this canvas tote is very bohemian-chic.

“But First Coffee” Tote, $ 12, Nordstrom

A canvas tote that knows your heart and your priorities.

Kate Spade Cat’s Meow Harmony Paw Small Tote, $ 298, Nordstrom

Here’s a leather tote that any cat or dog lover will understand.

Premium Leather Tote Bag With Tassels, $ 45, Best store

Because bangs are always a good idea.

Skagen-print canvas tote, $ 155, Nordstrom

How cute is this stylized leaf design?

Big Buddha Beaded Tote Bag, $ 90, Nordstrom

An eclectic textile tote will spice up any outfit and enhance any day.

Nordstrom at Home Ice Pops Tote Bag, $ 24, Nordstrom

The prints on this bag are so cute. Be prepared to crave ice cream 24/7.

Good job!

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