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9 Great Back-to-School Bags That Won't Break the Bank ...

By Sophia

A great everyday bag is a back-to-school essential. While the specifics of the ideal back-to-school bag may vary depending on different needs, some of the main things to consider include style, function, and price. You want a bag that looks good, is roomy enough to store all of your school essentials, and that won’t stretch your student budget! Check out these back-to-school bags that won’t break the bank.

1 Basic Black Bag

Basic Black BagA basic black bag isn’t just a great back-to-school bag; it’s a great everyday and every occasion bag. This slouchy black bag by New Look is a great choice as the basic design will work with a range of different outfits. It’s made from a leather look material, features a spacious inner compartment, and also has a secure zip top closure. It’s budget-friendly too, coming in at around $30.

2 Classic Backpack

Classic BackpackYou can’t get more school-ready than with a classic backpack. This backpack by Mi-Pac costs around $30 and comes in a beautiful light blue and tan colourway. It has a classic design with a zip around closure and padded adjustable shoulder straps. It also has a front zip pocket for storing all those small bits and pieces. You can also check out Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters for more back-to-school backpacks.


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3 Two-Tone Satchel

Two-Tone SatchelWork a preppy look with a classic structured satchel. This two-tone satchel features a double buckle embellished flap but has snap closures for easy access. It would look great teamed with a button-down shirt, dark denim jeans, and loafers. A satchel by the popular Cambridge Satchel Co. will set you back upwards of $100 but you can grab this stylish alternative for only $40 from J.C. Penney.

4 Faux Leather Satchel

Faux Leather SatchelThis slouchy satchel comes in a wonderful earthy red colour. It’s made from faux leather material and features a fold over flap, short top handle, and a detachable shoulder strap. It also has a roomy interior and an exterior pocket compartment. It’s a great statement bag and will only set you back $30 from Forever 21.

5 Quilted Backpack

Quilted BackpackLeather-look backpacks are so nineties, but haven’t you heard? The nineties are back in fashion! This quilted backpack is a great back-to-school option. It’s made from a faux leather material and has a drawstring closure, fold over flap, and front zip pocket. It costs $58 from Nasty Gal and you can also find similar backpacks at Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters. Complete your nineties-inspired look by teaming your backpack with floral dresses, denim jackets and lace-up ankle boots.

6 Boxy Polka Dot Bag

Boxy Polka Dot BagThis polka dot bag has a bit of a quirky vibe about it. It has a boxy design and features an eye-catching polka dot chambray fabric with tan trims. It also has a front pocked, triple snap closure, and adjustable shoulder straps. This bag costs $57 from Modcloth and would look great teamed with anything from summer dresses to cigarette pants and blazers in winter.

7 Kitty Tote Bag

Kitty Tote BagCanvas totes are another popular back-to-school bag option. This cute tote is made from a durable canvas fabric and features a fun cat print design. It’s by Lazy Oaf and you can grab it for $15 from ASOS. You could also store it folded up and use it as a spare bag when required.

8 Faux Leather Holdall

Faux Leather HoldallThis faux leather holdall has enough room for all your books and tech accessories. It has a slouchy design and features double shoulder straps and comes with a long detachable shoulder strap as well. It’s a stylish back-to-school option and costs a cool $33 from Forever 21.

9 Scallop Satchel Bag

Scallop Satchel BagThis sweet satchel features delicate scallop trims. It’s made from a pale pink leather-look material and has a structured design. It costs around $47 from ASOS and would look great teamed with a feminine outfit of a collared blouse, midi skirt, and ballet flats.

These are just a few bags that will have you ready for the semester ahead. What do you look for in a back-to-school bag? Which of these bags do you like best?

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