Smart Girl Chic: The Perfectly Functional Backpack

As a designer who moves around quite often to work, I need a backpack that is both chic and functional. I need space to house my computer, charger, mouse, sketchbook, and a random assortment of chewing gum, granola bars and pens, but I don’t want to look like a bag lady strapped down with a unflattering turtle shell of personal effects. After some initial research as to what style backpack I liked, this one caught my eye.

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White leather + rose gold details. Stunning. Unfortunately it costs $995.

While I’m willing to shell out a little extra cash to make sure that the backpack I purchase is durable and long-lasting, I would never deplete my bank account to pick up one that costs that much no matter how hard I lusted over it. Having an item that expensive isn’t practical when I consider the reservations I would have with putting it on the floor of the bus or subway while I commuted. I need something that can withstand some (light) abuse and I won’t lose sleep over if the zipper breaks. Below are 12 backpacks that are chic, stylish and functional, cost under $100 and are solutions to overpriced and impractical expensive designer backpack.

1. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack_69726012. Baggu Canvas Backpack

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 3. Topshop Snakeskin Pocket Faux Leather Backpack

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4. Danielle Nicole Sloane Backpack

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5. Steve Madden Bscuti Print Backpack With Studs

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6. Mini Kanken Water Resistant Backpack

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7. Tribal Print Backpack

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8. Zip-Front Faux Leather Backpack

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9. Quilted Faux Leather Backpack

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11. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Medium Backpack

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12. Hampshire Stripe Bucket Bag

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