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Riding a bike to work has its advantages — the dose of fresh air, the lack of fumbling for your MetroCard just as the train approaches, and the invigorating bout of exercise, of course. But one thing that’s not so ideal? Trying to stuff laptop, wallet, and whatever other tchotchkes that are forever floating at the bottom of your purse into a teensy crossbody so you can ride hands-free. Not happening.
And, even though we’ll never stop eyeing the newest It bag, our favorite new tote for summer isn’t a runway all-star, but rather, a tote-able backpack! Our JanSports carried us through our formative high school years, but now that we’ve graduated, it’s time to upgrade our gear, too. We’ve culled 12 so-cute backpacks that are just as chic as they are functional. Your model-off-duty moment, right this way!