Going back to school, college or uni, or need a new bag for your daily commute? Backpacks are the wardrobe saviour that you’re looking for. Far removed from the kids-only creations that we remember from our playground days, this season’s new-in styles are making the grade with their preppy checks, floral prints and clean, contemporary shapes. So take note – here are five back-to-school backpacks that you need for new-term cool.
1. Bloom Town
Summer blooms, be gone. As we head into cooler temperatures, florals take on a darker mood that feels somewhat more suited to the sultrier aesthetic of AW18. Designed with bold blooms set against an inky backdrop, this domed design stays true to the new season’s state of mind without falling short of functionality. We have serious love for its sturdy structure, roomy interior and multitude of pockets for all your weekday essentials.
2. Prep Time
The preppy check is back but not as you know it. Printed with plaid prints in navy, green and mustard, this spacious style is here to give the classic trend a fresh new feel – and it’s all thanks to a few clever twists. While tan side pockets piped edges play up to its old-school styling, small-scale florals and a squared Scandi silhouette keep it more relevant to now.
3. Modern Minimal
Minimalists, listen close – there’s still space for pared-back pieces in next season’s mostly maximalist line-up. Inspired by sports-luxe silhouettes, this leather-look backpack is simple yet effective: it comes with a generous inner compartment and extra pockets, all concealed within a clean, fuss-free design. Wear yours from the campus to catch-ups over coffee.
4. Print Clash
Why wear one print when you could wear two? This stand-out style clashes it up with bold prep-school checks and graphic florals, creating a classroom must-have that won’t fade into the background. Extra marks for its spacious zipped compartment and padded shoulder straps that can be adjusted to find the perfect fit.
5. London Calling
Novelty prints have gone all grown up. Taking you from work to play, this London-themed backpack is patterned with buses, black cabs and other iconic illustrations that have been inspired by the capital – and the result is something that won’t look out of place on Instagram. We love its leather-look texture and multiple pockets
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