As much as we hate to admit it, the sticky heat of mid-August is a sure sign that back-to-school season is right around the corner. Now is the time to buckle down and do a little research (we know, studying before the actual studying) and start shopping to refresh your wardrobe for the "year" ahead. Whether you're truly a student or just thinking like one, our advice is to skip the traditional campus staples and opt for a few more fashion-forward pieces.
Undoubtedly, there are few pieces that feel more essential to the back-to-school shopping list than a backpack. But like we said—we're challenging expectations this season. Why not swap yours out for a sturdy-meets-studious tote? On days when you don't need to carry your whole library with you, a large tote will do the trick for carrying your laptop, notebook, and the rest of your day-to-day essentials.
With this in mind, we scoured the market to find the coolest (and truly practical!) totes for fall. From laser-cut leathers to bright, unexpected colors, we guarantee that these bags will earn you an A+ in personal style. Below, shop the best reasons to give your backpack the semester off.