August 30, 2006

Stylish School Bags

To prepare us for the beginning of yet another school year, I thought I'd look at some stylish school bags to get us excited. Now when I think of school bags, the first thing that pops into my head is the typical Jansport backpack in its various shades that was ever so popular back in high school. But as I've proceeded to college, I've tried to veer away from them because a)one DOES need variety after so many years of backpacking b) it never matches with any of my outfits and c) its time to gradually move onto something a bit more sophisticated.

One of my favourite brands for school bags is Le Sportsac. Their bags are light, spacey, looks good and are waterproof. I especifically loved their LAMB collection back then. I used to buy one each season (and I still use them!), but alas, Gwen stopped designing bags for Le Sportsac and now their collections are not quite as impressive. But I think these two are ok, especially the black messenger one on the left, which will definitely match all your outfits!

Currently, I am using a brown Coach tote from last season that looks remarkably like the one on the left except mine is not as cool and is not reversible (although who wants the Coach tag hanging outside anyway? It was designed to be inside for a reason!). I really like it as again it matches everything, is sophisticated, fits everything and surprisingly doesn't get dirty that easily. For a smaller size, the one on the right is of a pretty good size too. It fits the average notebook and laptop snugly. Although I'm not sure how i feel about their new print here. . .
Another good choice is the classic Longchamp one (left). I used to not like it, but after seeing some really cool people on the streets with them, this design is definitely growing on me. And I can't help but lust after their new brown suede bag (right) this season. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

For something more sophisticated, I am loving these two from Anthropologie that sooo reminds me of Miu Miu this season.

I am also absolutely LOVING these Warhol totes from Urban Outfitters. They are SO COOL. I can totally see someone in a punky tee, skinny jeans and heels wearing this.

American Eagle has some pretty cute options too. The navy one is very reminescent of Longchamp's one except at a much friendlier price and the brown messenger the girl in the ad looks adorable.

The blue bow bag is pretty, feminine and of a size that is perfect for school. The strap also looks adjustable, so it can be worn long across or short as a tote! And this black messenger here is the epitome of a messenger bag. Definitely stylish school bag material. Oh and these two are from Urban Outfitters.

For more classic messengers, look to Accessorize. This suede brown one is beautiful. And this army green one with the leather details reminds me of Balenciaga for some reasons, but I can't quite put a finger on as to why.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are the last two bags from? i love love love them!!! it reminds me of a reporter bag (i work in the news industry so that would really work for me!)

8/30/2006 12:39 AM  
Blogger Chinabounderess said...

Personally, I absolutely LOVE YSL's Muse bag

8/30/2006 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these bags would not FIT school stuff. Im still going to use a regular backpack - i dont want anything stylish.

8/30/2006 1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Longchamp is BEAUTIFUL!

8/30/2006 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually have the American Eagle one and it doubles nicely as a purse, however, if you do plan to use it for school, you might be able to fit a small textbook and a notepad. I actually use it as a purse.

8/30/2006 1:46 AM  
Blogger realize.realeyes.reallies. said...

That is so fucking funny. I own the black and white striped Velvet Underground Warhol one. It does look great, and all i wear are either lowtops or flats, skinny jeans and tanks/tee's. Yea, it's awesome. And for books it's amazing... literally one of the most sturdy bags I've ever owned. Three pockets on the inside, and also this little banana coin purse attached to like a three foot silver chain. It's awesome, haha. :)

8/30/2006 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

I LOVE the brown Anthropologie! However, I've never been too big on bags for school, it's so much easier to just carry everything (and better for your back too!)

8/30/2006 2:41 AM  
Blogger krista said...

I love the brown coach bag!

8/30/2006 3:35 AM  
Blogger Fashionjunkie693 said...

I love all of those bags, they are so cool for school.

8/30/2006 4:10 AM  
Blogger Frapp said...

*Jaw drops* I BOUGHT that brown Accessorize bag for school just last week!!!!!

8/30/2006 4:20 AM  
Anonymous Lady said...

Good idea to write a post about bags... I'm looking for one at the moment. This last one from Accessorize looks great. I've seen a messenger bag at Gap, it's not very stylised but seems okay for me, and is cheap. Anyway, I use to have two bags when I go to school : one typical purse with all my girl's stuff and a mag bag where I put all my books.

8/30/2006 4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the bags from accessorize, but i live in the us so i can't ship it here. do you know of any american stores that sell stylish bags like those from accessorize with a similiar price range?


8/30/2006 5:42 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

the classic longchamp one is not practical at all. my mom has one and she compares it to a flimsy cheapo lunch bag. it has no bottom support so when you put stuff in it, it loses its shape completely and looks like an awkward misshapen bag. don't waste money on this one girls!

8/30/2006 7:20 AM  
Blogger alluretone said...

ahh! thoes Warhol totes are absolutely rad! im really going to have to get me the one on the right...

8/30/2006 8:14 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

well my school days are long gone but i do think the Coach ones are great for work too! when i was in college i used the longchamp one cos its just so light and it comes in so many different colors and because it is so cheap i could just toss it around without having to worry about dirtying it.

well i think you should cover Bally too because they make some pretty cool bags for school and young professionals! :)

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8/30/2006 9:20 AM  
Blogger Karinaxoxo said...

I agree with La Voguette - they are great for those of us who commute to work to fit files, mag's, books, folders etc in.

8/30/2006 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried the Coach tote bags for school but I have to warn people that they are not very durable. After a few months of use, the plastic spine that lines the circumference of the bottom came became exposed and I had to cut it off.

8/30/2006 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i LOVE the blue bow bag!! :) so cute!

8/30/2006 11:58 AM  
Blogger EnidP said...

Love the brown suede Longchamp..


8/30/2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger Frapp said...

Anonymous who said these bags aren't big enough- You're so wrong, I have the Accessorize bag and it's the perfect size for all my books which are usually 11 inches long! I know it doesn't look big, but believe me when I say it is.

8/30/2006 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great and practical post! The Longchamp classic and suede bags are gorgeous as are the Anthropologie choices. (I only wish Anthropologie would bring their prices down a bit!!) I'll keep checking daily for your yummy finds, thanks!

8/30/2006 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Caitlin said...

I really like your choices. I've actually been looking for a school bag recently but haven't had any luck finding one that I like. The whole it needs to fit books but can't be too big and annoying to carry around... is a hard match! And of course I would never carry around a back pack. But the ones you put up are really perfect for school. Plus they are pretty but still very practical. I love the Longchamp suede bag and the Coach brown tote. You've definately given me some ideas. Thanks :)

8/31/2006 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

I can't believe you don't like Jansports, they're a classic. No they're not stylish and they don't match everything but they're not supposed to. In my opinion, girls who use messenger bags, totes or tiny backpack are trying to hard to stylish. If you can't make a statement with your outfit(even if you're wearing uniform) then a bag is not going to help.

8/31/2006 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have found a great leather tote from (surprise!) llbean:

what do you think?

8/31/2006 6:17 AM  
Anonymous EMMA W said...

Ive always loved the LeSportSac ones... they're just so durable and not something id be too worried about throwing around

9/03/2006 1:21 AM  
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9/03/2006 9:09 AM  
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9/03/2006 9:11 AM  
Anonymous ad store gurl said...

i like big bags for school because i bring a lot of things from alcohol to extra shirt. a perfect school bag must be durable to be safe from water, etc :)

5/24/2007 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Patrick Soch, Marketing Manager said...

Great post on bags for back to school. We created a back to school page with our best picks for back to school bags, and we are always looking for great new information on what backpacks, totes, and bags students want to carry.

We are selling lots of oversized totes and hobo bags right now to college students. You can definitely check out some great picks for this season at eBags Back to School Center

7/31/2007 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tote bags are great for school.

7/23/2008 10:00 PM  
Blogger Kaela said...

Hey. I've been trying to find a good bag for school, so this post was very helpful! Thanks!

8/06/2008 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a sophmore in high school in the north shore of milwaukee wisconsin. EVERYONE wears the longchamp bags and i have one myself. They are absolutely fabulous and fit everything i need( the most ive ever had in there was three textbooks, 4 binders, 2 notebooks and a pencil case) They are extremely durable and can be put in the washer. I would recommend this bag for anyone who wants a stylish but practical bag for school!!!

8/04/2009 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these bags dont look very sutibal for school why are they even up here they are nice enough bags but no way are they sutibal for school

8/09/2009 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The name stylish school bags is ahype to sell this product. These bags seem to be good for carring items for baby sitting

8/14/2009 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thease are amazing bags but not sutible for school there more like handbags now if u want to make more money then atchully sell school bags like rucksacks and shoulder bags with the same design by the way im 11 i speak as a child in need of a school bag thank u very much contact me and let me no ur ideas and send me pictures of them coz i wanna by one my email is

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE taht blue tote bag!! OMG!! I can't find it anywhere, any help? I'm in Year 9 and really need a good bag to carry my school stufff! :)

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