Look We Love: The Minimal Modern Backpack

updated May 3, 2019
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Backpacks, typically associated with a look that’s more schoolyard slouch than high fashion, are getting a bit of an overhaul this season. They retain a certain youthfulness, but these backpacks are less like something from your school days and more like a purse that you can sling across your back. Want to get the look? Check out these 11 minimal backpacks.

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Trash Backpack at Acne Studios, $1,150

Above: Were I to spend a thousand dollars on a backpack, it would be this one. I am obsessed. The coral one is the best, obviously, but the black one is a close second.

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Rucksack by Building Block at The Dreslyn, $550

This one fits a 13-inch laptop, and can be worn like a backpack or carried like a briefcase — very versatile.

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Suede Backpack and Mini Backpack at Loeffler Randall, $395 each

Spotted on Ann Street Studio.

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Frances Backpack at The Stowe, $355

I like the slouchiness and the simplicity of this one. (ETA: Looks like it’s sold out at The Stowe, but it’s also available for $252 here.)

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Button Backpack by Arm & Crosscheck at Handbag Designer 101, $220

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Leather Backpack at View in Rain on Etsy, $212.67

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Black Leather Backpack at View in Rain on Etsy, $147.70

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A nice, minimal shape at an angst-free price.