Need a New Backpack for Back-to-School? These Cute Options Under $100 Have You Covered
It may seem like a small choice, but the backpack you choose for going back to school is going to be with you every step of the way during the school season, so make the choice count!
Your backpack should be a reflection of you, with a great style you won't mind looking at day after day and functionality that works for your needs. If you're not sure where to start, keep scrolling to discover our favorite backpacks for the back-to-school season—all under $100.
Day Owl Slim Backpack: $99
If your look is generally chic and minimalistic, this Slim Backpack from Day Owl might be right for you. The material is a waxed canvas from from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles and comes in nine different subtle yet stunning hues. It also contains a padded laptop pocket that can fit a laptop up to 14 inches, with a spill-resistant bottle pocket and a flat front pocket that blends in seamlessly with the design.
(via Day Owl)
Urban Originals Ziggy Backpack: $98
If you need something a little sturdier, but that still looks dainty on the outside, there's this Ziggy Backpack from Urban Originals. It's made from luxury vegan leather, comes in black, blush and khaki tones and has a main compartment, front pocket and external zip pocket for all your storage needs.
(via Urban Originals)
Herschel Classic Backpack: $49.99
There's a good reason Herschel is known for their high-quality backpacks, and their Herschel Classic has a simple, everyday design that gets the job done while looking effortlessly cool. It has zippered closures with cord pulls and a front pocket for easy storage and that timeless look.
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Mickey Mouse Loungefly Backpack and Hip Pack: $95
Here's one for the Disney fans out there. This backpack features Mickey Mouse's iconic ear silhouette while also coming with a double-handled hip pack, meaning extra storage, wherever and whenever you need it. We love that it's a slightly more grown-up take on classic Disney pieces.
(via Shop Disney)
Neff Momentum Backpack: $25
Neff is a brand known for providing great looks for active lifestyles, and this Momentum Backpack fits in perfectly. We love it for the mind-bending orange and purple print, but it also has a front accessories pocket, fleece-lined zip for valuables and a laptop sleeve in the top opening to keep your stuff safe.
Out of the Woods Washable Paper Backpack: $32
Care about the eco-friendliness of your backpack? Out of the Woods has a Washable Paper Backpack made with Supernatural Paper, using tree cellulose from responsibly managed forests to create something that looks great while being great for the world. It also has a huge front pocket and a laptop pouch in the main compartment while also being vegan, reusable and washable.
(via Out of the Woods)
Solgaard Packable Daypack: $55
Don't always need your backpack? If you're looking for something that can be condensed when it's not in use, rather than remaining bulky and taking up space, there's Solgarrd's Packable Daypack, constructed from Shore-Tex fabric made from ocean-bound plastic. It packs into a tiny pouch, so it's functional when you need it, and barely there when you don't.
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MinkeeBlue Dee's Double Zipper Backpack: $99
If you consider yourself a major foodie, you may want a backpack that comes with an insulated lunch bag, like this one from MinkeeBlue, to keep things cool while you go about your day. It has a folding convertible panel, plus double top zippers with a padded laptop pocket, for both your academic and lunchtime needs.
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Bobo's House See-Through Pockets Large Canvas Backpack: $39.99
We love seeing backpacks decked out in cute pins and keyrings, and this canvas backpack from Bobo's House specifically has see-through pockets for storing and displaying all kinds of cuteness. We love the way the pockets in the image below are stuffed with mini plushes, but the sky is really the limit when it comes to making your own creative designs.
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(via Bobo's House)
Sprayground Bricks on Bricks Backpack: $90
Sprayground is well-known for its epic shark-shaped backpacks, and this one with a shiny gold brick effect is sure to have all eyes on you. In addition to the great shape and design, it also has a front zipper pocket and side pockets, with a separate velour sunglass compartment as well as a mesh organizer pocket and a laptop compartment to keep all of your cargo organized.
Away Travel The Packable Backpack: $75
We're big fans Away Travel's The Packable Backpack for schooltime and weekend outings, as well as travel. While it has just one main compartment, it's got a stylish and minimalistic look for when it's needed, and it collapses and folds into a small zip pouch for the times it's more convenient to put it away.
(via Away Travel)
Brown Aspiration Purple Passion Backpack: $49.97
We love the aesthetics of Brown Aspiration's backpacks, especially this Purple Passion design—but this backpack is more than just cute. It also has a large inside pocket with a compartment for a laptop of up to 15 inches, plus a front pocket and hidden back pocket for secret storage.
(via Brown Aspiration)
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Heckin' Unicorn Backpack: $55
The Heckin' Unicorn Backpack actually started life on Kickstarter, which speaks to the demand for its design combining aesthetics, functionality and comfort. With its colorful paint splotch design and striped rainbow interior, it is so cute while also featuring a sizeable front pocket, double side pockets for water bottles and more, and plenty of storage inside—including a laptop compartment.
(via Heckin' Unicorn)
Kinsey Rhea Muddy Girl Camo Backpack: $49.99
This black, pink and purple Muddy Girl Camo Backpack from Kinsey Rhea is designed to combine a love for fashion and the great outdoors, and we think it nails the look. It's made from tough, durable material to be able to handle anything, and the bag has a spacious interior with a pink lining, making it easy to locate your stuff, plus a front pocket for quick access.
(via Kinsey Rhea)
Baboon to the Moon Backpack Mini: $89
Don't need a full-sized backpack for your day-to-day school activities? Then we recommend this small but stylish Backpack Mini from Baboon to the Moon in its various bold shades. It's made from durable, water-repellant and tear-proof CORDURA and zips down all the way to the base to make it easier to pack while featuring two bottle pockets, two external stash pockets and a mesh organizer inside. Not bad for a small bag!
(via Baboon to the Moon)
Wanderwild The Explorer Unicorn Backpack: $55
Who says unicorns are just for little kids? We love the whimsical print of this backpack, which is also made with water-resistant material and reinforced at the seams and handles to be extra tough. It even includes fidget tabs for anyone whose concentration is aided when they can keep their hands busy.
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