Store everything you might need for work or play in one of these stylish backpacks in 2022.
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When it comes to luggage functionality, nothing beats the humble backpack. Comfortable and often able to hold everything from your laptop to your giant water bottle, a great backpack can replace a myriad of totes, purses and the like, making it much easier to get to work, school or the gym.
Backpacks have gone from a sports luggage option to a style piece, with leather and vegan leather options entering the market and laptop-friendly backpacks making that large tote bag obsolete bulky.
Below, you’ll find our favorite backpack options for all your needs.
BEST WORK BACKPACKS
Crafted from premium grained leather, this stylish backpack can hold a 13-inch Macbook laptop, but can still be easily used as a weekend bag.
Practically designed for the stylish interstate (or international) commuter, this backpack features a padded pocket for your laptop, space for a tablet, and an RFID blocking card and passport slot.
Crafted from premium grained leather and featuring brass hardware, this oversized backpack from Oroton is style personified. Although the price may be steep, proper care and storage will ensure you cherish this stylish backpack for years.
This super functional backpack has so many pockets and spaces to store everything from your pens to your headphones. A great option for those moving in and out of the office.
Fjallraven is renowned for its stylish and functional backpacks. The Kanken laptop bag is water and dirt resistant, and has an external laptop compartment on the back, so your laptop fits snugly on your back.
This pebbled leather backpack is so stylish it’ll easily take you from the office to a night out. It can hold a 16-inch laptop and has side pockets to store your phone and other items you’d like to have close at hand.
This water resistant backpack is designed to have a vintage feel. It features plenty of pockets and zippered sections, including two water bottle holders on each side.
RAINS makes some great products to combat rainy conditions, and their bags are no exception. The sleek, Scandi design is perfect for a corporate office or minimalist wardrobe addition, and with a padded laptop compartment, you’ll know your tech is safe.
Made from 100% recycled polyester and with a water-resistant finish, this stylish backpack is made for carrying. It has many zippered pockets and divided spaces so that everything lives in its place.
This nifty backpack is big enough for everything, but has super functional compartments like pen holders and smaller pockets for notebooks and other things you might want to pack for school or college. We also like the sleek exterior.
Neoprene is a great water resistant material for a backpack and is also very durable. This backpack from Country Road looks like a hybrid between a fashionable bag and a functional bag, which is why we love it.
BEST FASHION BACKPACKS
How adorable is this adorable mini backpack! So cute and whimsical, it’s perfect for anyone with a bit of a 90s style, or if you just like a cute and kitschy bag to carry everything around.
Longchamp makes some beautiful, stylish designer backpacks, and this one comes at a really affordable price. With a zipper closure but beautiful leather details, it’s a combination of chic style and functionality.
Featuring grained faux leather material and cute 90s details like a chunky zipper and rounded design, this backpack will make you feel like an extra. Beverly Hills: 90210.
We love the versatility of this backpack! Carry it over your shoulders for zipping around town, or wear it as a tote if you prefer that style or are briefly heading somewhere. This is such a beautiful timeless design.
Another ’90s mini backpack for anyone channeling their inner Dear Horowitz, this option from Calvin Klein features logo detailing and a soft nylon material.
It’s technically a very stylish baby bag, which makes us love it even more. If you’re looking for a tote for diapers, toys, and snacks, this is a great stylish option. However, if you love the design, you’ll still find plenty of use thanks to the myriad pockets and space – who said baby bags have to be used for babies?
Another great backpack from Fjallraven, we’ve included this option because of its timeless style (the Kanken is the brand’s best-known design) and gorgeous bubblegum pink hue.
This Ecco bag is such a pretty nude peach shade! Created with soft, stone-polished leather, the material has to be felt to be believed – and the cotton twill lining means your leather will stay protected. Not in the shade? It also exists in navy blue, burgundy and black.
THE BEST GYM BACKPACKS
This gym or hiking backpack is so sleek and stylish that it could easily be used as a work bag. The size and shape allow you to easily put everything (yes, including your briefcase) without looking out of place in the office.
A little sportier, this gym backpack is also a little more compact, if that’s your preference. We love its versatility: it works just as well for day hikes as it does as a carry-on, thanks to adjustable side tabs and a compact design.
It’s a great gym backpack option if you find yourself tossing other things in your bag as well, as it features a laptop compartment and other sectioned areas. Want to keep those smelly gym socks away from your device? It can be done.
We love the classic logo-based design of this Adidas sports backpack. The three stripes give it a ’90s vibe, while the pockets and sections keep you organized.
HOW LARGE SHOULD A BACKPACK BE TO CARRY A LAPTOP?
If you’re buying a backpack for work, you’ll probably want it to fit your laptop — and more. Ideally you want a backpack around 16L as anything below that won’t fit much more than your laptop, while backpacks more suitable for hiking and weekend trips are around 25L and more.
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