Backpacks We Wouldn't Mind Having as Adults

As every student knows, a backpack is more than just a vessel for carrying books to and from school. With so many colors, patterns, and styles available, it's also a fashion statement. We browsed back-to-school departments and found eight backpacks we'd like to borrow from the kids.

Pattern Play

Screen-printed polka dots put a playful spin on the charming floral print of this kid-size backpack. The under-6 age set won't recognize that the water-resistant custom printed fabric is from Liberty of London, but we bet their stylish moms will. (Settlement Backpack in Kayoko/Polka Dot, $69.99, Herschel Supply Company)

Show Your Stripes

This blue-and-white striped backpack will still be fashionable long after your high schooler decides she wants a new backpack to express her ever-changing style. We say, claim it for yourself. (Backpack in Sailor Stripe, $38, Baggu)

Throwback-Chic Backpack

With a fold-over flap, buckle fasteners, and embossed detail, there's so much to love about this vintage-inspired backpack -- including the price. All you or your kid needs are saddle shoes to complete the retro look. (Minimalist Backpack, $39.90, Zara)

Splurge Alert

Burberry's iconic check print will speak volumes in the classroom or the meeting room. Paired with contrasting blue pebbled leather, this high-end backpack could last your child from middle school to senior year. Or last you from your carpool days to jet-setting empty-nester adventures. (Burberry Mini Backpack, $450, Nordstrom)

You're Gonna Hear Me Roar

Trendy tweens will love wearing this animal-print backpack every day with every outfit because, as any fashionista knows, leopard print is a neutral. You'll love that it'll match your wardrobe, too. (There & Backpack, $46, Hanna Andersson)

Never Out of Style

Simple in design, this traditional style in goes-with-everything navy is a throwback to the backpack you probably carried to school, and you can still carry it today on a weekend getaway. (And for those of us with kids, what is that again?) (Classic Backpack, $9.88, Walmart)

Cheeky Chic

Since few kids we know will be carrying a backpack with such a grownup price tag, this superhero print (which reminds us of luchador masks) is sure to stand out on the playground. Or the subway, if you decide to borrow it for work. (Bang Superstellaheroes Backpack, $195, Stella McCartney Kids)

Do Good, Look Good

The only thing we like more than the fun, preppy style of these color-blocked backpacks is that for every one sold, a child in Head Start preparing to enter kindergarten will be given a backpack filled with essential products from Honest and State Bags. (Kid's Backpacks, $54.95, The Honest Company)


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