Substitute a Messenger Bag for That Boring Backpack or Briefcase

Schools are back in session and many employees are returning to the office. So now’s the time to buy a carryall to carry everything from books to laptops. But this fall we’re trading in backpacks and briefcases for something much chicer. That’s right, we’re favoring messenger bags.

The utilitarian bags recently received a high-fashion makeover thanks to brands like Etro and Bottega Veneta. There are also stylish offerings from more mid-priced labels. Think Coach and Rag & Bone.

We’re not afraid of borrowing from the boys, however. Let’s face it: messenger bags tend to be marketed to guys. Even big fashion houses follow suit. So, just like with men’s fragrances, we’re ignoring gender stereotypes by embracing the trend in any and every form.

Here are the best messenger bags to cart around campus or to the office.