Tara writes, "I have flown into a panic. Why? Because next year I start college and I just cannot figure out what to replace my giant, old, JanSport backpack with. (it was really meant for hiking--it's that big!) I love it, and it served me well in high school, but let's face it: I would be the laughing stock of the school if I continued to lug my books around in a bag half the size of my body next year. Here's what I'm looking for: a stylish, goes-with-everything, maybe leather (doesn't have to be, but it's gotta be neutral), durable, college-worthy bag that I can ride a bike with and put my 15-inch laptop (and at least a book or two) in. I'm not even sure such a wonder-bag exists! To give you an idea, I've been looking at bags from Saddleback Leather Co and Filson, but the prices are a little steep and although I love the sophisticated leather look, I'm trying to shy away from looking like I'm carrying a man-bag. Is my quest hopeless? Am I doomed? Anxiously awaiting your helpful advice, Tara."
Outblush to the rescue! We've rounded up some cute, but practical, leather backpacks that are all under $155 (Except #8, but that one would last you for decades.). If your parents balk at even that, offer to go half & half with 'em. Good luck at college!!
1 - David King & Co. Jumbo Top Handle Backpack ($102)
2 - David King & Co. Top Handle Backpack ($155)
3 - Pelle Suede/Leather Backpack ($120 on sale)
5 - Piel Large Buckle-Flap Backpack ($129)
6 - Clava Drawstring Backpack ($152)
7 - Piel Top Opening Computer Leather Backpack ($131)
8 - LL Bean Maine Guide Leather Rucksack ($199)
Frustrated in your search for that perfect leather handbag, red stiletto pump, or whatever makes your heart go thump in the night? Send us a request and we might do the shopping work for you in a future Personal Shopper feature!