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11 Professional Backpacks for Women

Backpacks aren’t just for the kiddos

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza
Content Strategist, InHerSight

Woman carrying a work backpack

Backpacks aren’t just for students. Especially for those with a long commute, a backpack makes an ideal work bag. Here’s a list of 11 of our favorites, with plenty of leather and vegan options at a variety of price points. 

Quilted Commuter Backpack

Quilted Backpack by A NEW DAY at Target ($36.99)

A classic style in faux leather with an interior zip pocket. This is a small backpack, but it will fit some laptops under 14 inches. 

Zipper Commuter Backpack

Zipper Commuter Backpack by A NEW DAY at Target ($39.99)

The Zipper Commuter Backpack has a slim profile and can be used as a backpack or tote. It’s faux leather and vegan-friendly and comes in black, pink, and brown. 

Read more: How to Dress Professionally While Traveling

ASOS DESIGN large minimal backpack

ASOS DESIGN large minimal backpack ($38)

Super soft, super sleek. A work bag that can easily go from week to weekend.

ASOS Design foldover backpack

ASOS DESIGN foldover backpack ($40)

A clean-cut vegan option in jet black with a silver zipper. This is a plenty-big option for those of us who pack a laptop and as many snacks as possible.

Herschel Settlement Backpack

Settlement Backpack by Herschel ($59.99)

This work backpack is both sporty (classic Herschel) and sleek (classic minimalist style). This will fit a 15-inch laptop sleeve and features a front-pocket zip with a key clip and an internal media pocket with headphone port. And it comes in 41 colors, so I bet you can find one you love. 

FYI: This bag does have leather zipper pulls.

Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack

The ReNew Transit Backpack by Everlane ($78)

This vegan backpack is made of 100 percent recycled materials, is water resistant, and even has a luggage handle pass-through. So you are: Ready. To. Go. 

Who gave you the right to be so chic?

RAINS backpack

Backpack by RAINS ($110)

Totally minimalist, totally waterproof. Never worry about ruining your stuff, or your bag, again. Comes in eight vibrant colors.

Madewell Transport rucksack

The Transport Rucksack by Madewell ($198)

This yummy professional backpack is made of Italian vegetable-tanned leather and will wear into the most buttery soft bag you’ve ever had.

Carried Away convertible backpack

Carried Away Convertible by SJP x Samsonite ($245)

SJP delivers once again. This backpack will also convert into a shoulder bag, a crossbody, a handheld, and even has a removable crossbody pouch.

Is there anything she—I mean, this bag—can’t do?

Cuyana leather backpack

Leather Backpack by Cuyana ($375)

Super feminine and elegant, this leather backpack from Cuyana is 100 percent work ready. It comes with a detachable top shoulder strap, so it goes easily from train to dinner.

The Rowledge backpack by Lo and Sons

The Rowledge by Lo and Sons ($375)

The Rowledge is the professional traveler’s dream. It’s über spacious, has a easy-to-reach passport and ID pocket, meets TSA carry-on standards, comes equipped with a luggage handle pass-through, and easily converts from backpack to tote. 

Read more: 19 Ways to Do Business Casual for Women in 2019

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