Think about it. The very first accessory you ever truly loved — the one you dragged your mom from store to store to find — was the backpack. Whether emblazoned with Hello Kitty or perhaps a Wizard of Oz graphic (you can guess what this editor sported), the two-strapped slinger was the simplest way to express your personal style through your adolescent years.
Although you may have traded in your pretend heels for big-girl stilettos and lunch boxes for Lean Cuisine (so not as fun), that hands-free bag is just as relevant now as it was years ago. And, sure, it does work flawlessly for your casual, off-duty life, but the perfect backpack transitions even more seamlessly into your on-duty world.
Reimagined in exotic skins and colorful leather, this spring's pack is more polished than prepster and eager to make its way into your 9-to-5 rotation. So, we rounded up 20 of our favorite styles — some bigger, some smaller but all infinitely cool. C'mon, you know we always have your back — and so does this bag.