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Heading back to school? Or simply a commuter who likes to take a backpack to work? This season, leave the dated knapsack at home and opt for a chic carryall that can hold anything—lunches, papers, a laptop—with genuine flair. For those who want to keep their look casual, but still feel prepared to take on the world, try APC’s canvas bag or Prada’s black and red nylon tote for a quick kick of ’90s cool.

Want to go more elevated? Acne Studios has a sleek leather tote, while Bottega Veneta's roomy cross body bag comes complete with a shoulder strap. Of course, structured pieces make for a particularly nice piece of arm candy. Try a luxe tote in navy from Loewe or a Proenza Schouler bucket bag with contrast stitch detailing. A very cool alternative to the bulky backpack, indeed.

Here, shop the best bags for back-to-school season and beyond.

Bottega Veneta maxi Cabat Intrecciato leather tote

NORDSTROM
$4,600
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Tory Burch Zoe embroidered suede shoulder bag

NORDSTROM
$898
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A.P.C. Totally Leather and Canvas tote bag

apc-us.com
$500
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Acne Studios midi Musubi leather bag

NORDSTROM
$1,450
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Mansur Gavriel large leather tote

NORDSTROM
$585
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L/Uniform carryall tote bag

THE WEBSTER
$915
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Medea Shopper tote

FARFETCH
$773
$580
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Proenza Schouler Whipstitch medium hex bucket bag

FARFETCH
$1,785
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Everlane The Form bag

EVERLANE
$235
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Loewe Flamenco knot leather tote

NORDSTROM
$2,350
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DeMellier Gothenburg cognac bag

DEMELLIER LONDON
$535
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Baggu large leather retail tote

NEED SUPPLY
$214
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Prada set of two nylon totes

NORDSTROM
$1,550
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Cuyana tall structured leather zipper tote

CUYANA
$215
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Chylak Shopper brown crocodile

CHYLAK
$298
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