The Most Stylish Backpacks for College Students of 2017

Let’s face it, most people would not associate backpacks with being stylish and fashionable, but when you are at college you need a backpack, so you might as well find one that looks good! Unlike in the past, where backpacks were either comfortable or stylish, you can now have both. There are many backpacks now which look very stylish and are both functional and comfortable enough for using all day on and off the college campus.

Rather than simply reviewing the most stylish backpacks, we have made sure that all of the bags that we have reviewed fit the needs of college students, as at college you can have a lot to carry around including a laptop and heavy books.

What criteria have we used?


Well, since this post is titled “The Most Stylish Backpacks for College Students” we had too look at this. Many of the most stylish backpacks for college have a retro look, rather than the sporty look of most backpacks.


Making sure that the backpack has adequate padding on the back and straps so that you do not hurt your back and shoulders while carrying around all those heavy college textbooks.


In college, you often have to carry around a lot of stuff including a laptop and heavy text books. While you don’t necessarily need a huge backpack, a smaller backpack, such as a 10 liter one will cause you problems. Organization is also important and the backpacks that we are reviewing have other smaller pockets for storing smaller items such as your keys or cellphone.


There is no point in having a stylish backpack if it is just going to fall apart as soon as you load it up with heavy college textbooks, so we have made sure that all of the backpacks that we have reviewed are well made and are likely to last.

Reviews of The Best Backpacks for College

Fjällräven Kånken Backpack

As one of the most stylish and popular backpacks around at the moment, the Fjällräven Kånken Backpack is a great buy for college students who are looking for a stylish backpack. It has a minimalistic & retro style and is extremely well made. The backpack is available in several different colors and sizes, you should almost certainly be able to find one that suits you!

This backpack features a laptop sleeve to keep your laptop secure and separate from your other items as well as a smaller pocket separate from the main compartment for items such as keys.. It is very comfortable with well padded straps so it is perfectly comfortably for wearing around campus all day without discomfort.

This is not a cheap backpack at $79, but it is fantastic quality and looks great, so it is worth every cent!

The Herschel Supply Co Retreat

It is easy to see why this backpack is becoming popular among college students all over the country at the moment, it is very stylish, comfortable and functional!

Like the other backpacks here, this backpack has a laptop sleeve to keep your laptop safe and secure and has plenty of room to store your other possessions. The main compartment is protected using straps and a flap that covers the main compartment instead of zippers, this can help protect your stuff from rain as rain often gets through the zip seams in other backpacks. The flap on the main compartment is fastened using a magnetic clip. This makes the bag easier than others to access your stuff as the opening is large.

EcoCity Vintage Canvas Backpack

As you may be able to tell from the name “EcoCity” this is a backpack that is designed to be eco friendly, as it is made of eco-friendly materials, rather than synthetic ones. It is very stylish and has a vintage look that is available in five different colors that all look great; coffee, army green, khaki, gray and black.

Similarly to the Herschel backpack, it used straps to and a flap on the top that covers the main compartment rather than a zip, but it uses a drawstring to tightly close the compartment. There is plenty of space in the main compartment, but if you have a larger laptop (such as a 17 inch laptop) then you may have trouble fitting it in.

Ibagbar Canvas Backpack

The Ibagbar Canvas Backpack is a very stylish back which like many of the most stylish backpacks, is made of canvas. It is available in three colors; grey, black, & brown, all of which look look really nice and suit the minimalistic & retro look of this backpack. I especially like the grey version of the backpack as they brown leather zips works well as a nice accent color to the grey canvas.

This backpack has a capacity of 25 liters which should be more thank big enough for the majority of people, and also features a laptop sleeve to protect your laptop. The straps and back of the bag are padded, making this a comfortable backpack for carrying your stuff around college, even the heavy textbooks.

There are plenty of different compartments on the Ibagbar Canvas Backpack, aside from the main compartment there are two front zippered pockets, 2 side pockets, 1 inner zippered pocket and 2 open inner pockets.

HotStyle Waterproof Canvas Vintage Backpack for College

This is a very nice backpack that has been designed in a very fashionable vintage style. It is available in three different colors, all of them quite different so you should be able to find one to fit your personality. Similarly to some of the other backpacks here it has a flap on the top that covers the main compartment on the bag which is tightened with a drawstring, which is great for keeping the rain out. The main compartment also has a zipped on the back of the backpack for easy access.

This is a comfortable backpack with plenty of padding on the straps and back, so you should not have any problems carrying the backpack around college all day, and with a 25 liter capacity and laptop sleeve, you should have no issues fitting your stuff into this bag. There are also many internal pockets for storing smaller items such as your cellphone or keys in the backpack.

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