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  1. Blog
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  3. January 8, 2020

11 Professional Backpacks for Women

Backpacks aren’t just for the kiddos

11 Professional Backpacks for Women

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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Emily is on staff at InHerSight where she researches and writes about data that describes women in the workplace, specifically societal barriers to advancement, and workplace rights. Her bylines include Fast Company and The Glossary Co.

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