Backpack, knapsack, rucksack . . . whatever you call it, it's hard to ignore this brewing Spring trend. They're perfect for hands-free toting — whether you're running to work or running weekend errands, you can rest easy knowing that you're carrying everything you need (laptop, books, extra pair of shoes) without looking like a total bag lady. In addition to being smart and effortlessly cool, backpacks fit right into Spring's sportier vibe. We saw them on the runways at Hermès, DKNY, and Charlotte Ronson, not to mention all over the streets on some of Fashion Week's finest style setters. It begs the question: what's cooler for a Saturday afternoon than a loose tee, printed baseball cap, and sleek leather backpack? Answer: not much.
We've rounded up 15 of our favorite backpacks for Spring — so whether you're going for the collegiate-cool look or just want a simpler way of schlepping, click through now to shop our practical picks.