Top Backpacks that are Fashion-Forward & Functional

Back, back, backpack it up! It’s about that time again… Turn heads down the hallways with these functional & fashion-forward bags that’ll have you headed back to school in style!

By: Maija | July 20, 2017

While we’re still soaking up every bit of summer, back to school shopping is about to be in full swing, and we know you (or your kiddos) don’t want to miss out on the super stylish finds for the school year! While supplies and a new wardrobe may be topping your must-have list, you can’t forget about a new bag for the new year. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite finds that are equally functional as they are fashionable.

We have always been a big fan of all of the Vera Bradley products, but for the longest time, they were only available online. Now Macy’s has an entire Vera Bradley section filled with the cutest backpacks! Quilted with sturdy and durable fabric, these packs are the real deal! With storage compartments for pencils, calculators and water bottles, you will be the perfect combination of stylish and organized.

For those looking for a backpack that is heavy duty and reliable, Eddie Bauer has you covered. We couldn’t help but fall in love with the army green and leather detailing on this bag. With plenty of storage and super comfortable back straps, this bag will not let you down.

If you want to be the ultimate trend setter this school year, this pale pink beauty is your perfect match. In the ever-popular blush color this bag is built to be both practical and oh-so-cute! Find this favorite at Francesca’s.

We fell in love with this backpack’s unique design and functionality. Jansport is known for their durable and long lasting backpacks, so you can trust that your new backpack will last you, with a lifetime guarantee! We love this bag for its amount of storage – there is even a built in laptop sleeve to make sure your computer is protected. Find this backpack at Journeys.

Not only is this black beauty completed with the prettiest rose gold detailing, it really is the ultimate school bag! This bag includes multiple zipper pockets, a phone charging cord and a padded inside to insure that your laptop or tablet is safe and secure at all times. This bag can be found at Francesca’s!

This school year we are all about fun and bright patterns and this Kipling backpack immediately caught our eye! This pack is water resistant, light weight, snag free, durable and filled with interior organization. You can’t go wrong with this fun and adorable pack! It can be found exclusively at Macy’s.

Durable, high-tech, and stylish? Believe us, it exists.  This backpack has tons of unique features, including a padded cooling back panel that helps to reduce sweat, contoured shoulder straps for comfort and strength, compartments to keep you organized, space for a laptop up to 17 inches and to top it all off, it’s also hydration compatible! This backpack has everything you could need and comes in sleek and stylish color combos. You can find it at Eddie Bauer.

This orange North Face pack is so lightweight and practical, we couldn’t help but add it to our list (books are heave enough as it is – are we right?). With many different compartments, this bag will also help you stay organized this school year. This pack also includes a built in bike loop. This cool pack can be found at Journeys.

With a durable canvas fabric and beautiful rose gold detailing, this Jansport backpack is fashionable and long lasting. Filled with different pockets and compartments to keep your items in place, you can trust that your school supplies will always be secure. Plus, with a life time guarantee, you can’t go wrong! This backpack can be found at Journeys.


Stay tuned for more fun posts to help you get back to school in style in the coming weeks! In the meantime, catch up on the latest trends by clicking here.


I have the privilege to be a part of the West Acres marketing team, as the Social and Digital Marketing Intern. I work closely with Niki, our Social Media Manager, and together we come up with creative and unique content for our social media accounts and this blog! I am very humbled to be able to assist Niki in this field, as I am currently studying Strategic Communication at NDSU (Go Bison!). When I am not working in the West Acres office, I enjoy being involved in musical theater, shopping, spending time with family and friends, and being a mom to my beloved bunny, Nora.




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