Best designer backpacks for women that are striking and stylish

Best designer backpacks for women that are striking and stylish

    (Mate and Nathan)

(Mate and Nathan)

The classic backpack never goes out of style.

Choose a designer backpack and it will take you from your daily commute, to after-work drinks, to your weekends away and everything in between. Available in almost every shape and size under the sun, the best backpacks are a wardrobe essential for anyone and everyone.

These investment pieces promise to liven up all kinds of looks, whether you combine them with office wear or weekend wear.

Of course, you wouldn’t necessarily select just one backpack for every occasion. Especially when you have so much variety around. A large, laptop-approved, water-resistant backpack is your best bet for commuting, while a smaller option is better suited for carrying essentials on a casual daytime occasion.

But, if you’re looking for an all-rounder, you’ll find a few options below that meet all your requirements and more.

Hands-free travel? This way please.

Read about all the best designer backpacks.

Ralph Lauren leather drawstring backpack

The Ralph Lauren Leather Drawstring Backpack is the leather backpack that you will buy as an investment piece and use daily for the foreseeable future. This buttery soft backpack combines utility with classic style for a fully functional must-have that never seems to show any age.

As you might expect from the Lauren by Ralph Lauren brand, its sleek silhouette doesn’t draw much attention, but it works perfectly as a basic addition to your accessories drawer to pull out several times a week. Its contrasting interior also adds a dash of fun if you want to use this backpack as a work bag.

Buy Now £169.00, John Lewis

Small Prada backpack with logo plate

It’s hard to scroll through Instagram for a long time without seeing at least one Prada backpack and the small logo plate backpack is one of our favorites. Available in three fun shades of baby blue, cream or black, this roomy bag has plenty of individual pockets to keep everything in place.

Although it is an expensive bag, it is not high maintenance. Made of nylon, this backpack is easy to clean if – God forbid – you accidentally spill something on it. Taking refined elegance to the next level, this is a backpack you’ll love for years to come.

Buy Now £1,224.00 Farfetch

KHAITE Iris leather backpack

Khaite’s buttery soft iris leather backpack is one you’ll love, possibly admiring from a distance before finally taking it on your first outing. With its off-white color and bucket-shaped design, this is a backpack that looks premium from afar, even before you get a little closer and run your fingers over its extremely soft material.

Its unusual design was created with movement in mind, and while you probably wouldn’t take it on weekend trips, it’s roomy enough for an evening occasion with gold-toned hardware, ensuring everything stays in one place.

Buy now £1,730.00, Farfetch

Cambridge Satchel Co. The Portrait Backpack

Cambridge Satchel Co. definitely makes some of the most stylish backpacks on the market, adding a formal touch to your outfit with a high quality accessory. Incorporating the brand’s iconic bag design with the practicality and comfort of a backpack, the Portrait backpack is a beautifully crafted bag made from glossy quality leather.

It comes in two sizes – small or large – and a variety of colors, so you can keep it classic with a navy, oxblood or vintage hue or mix it with brighter blue or something even louder. Branded engraving service adds a nice touch to make it uniquely yours.

Buy Now £215.00 Cambridge Satchel Co.

Ally Capellino Patrick backpack in waxed cotton

You will never fail to find this Ally Capellino backpack under your bed or tucked away in your wardrobe thanks to its vibrant orange hue. This waxed cotton backpack is designed for all occasions, making it suitable for cycling to work or running to the tube.

Its material works hard to ensure this backpack remains quite water resistant: you wouldn’t want to toss it in the Thames, but it’s sure to survive a rainy commute. With one main compartment, two front pockets and three inside pockets, it makes it easy to organize your belongings.

Buy Now £315.00, Selfridges

Ted Baker Ted Belax CrocPU Bkp Ld00

Ted Baker’s Ted Belax CrocPU Bkp Ld00 may not be the easiest to remember name in the world, but this bag is certainly one you won’t forget to bring along whenever the occasion arises. Made from chic crocodile-style leather, it’s great for adding a colorful touch to a simple outfit and is sized to carry all your essentials.

While you won’t be able to squeeze a laptop in here, it will easily fit a water bottle, bag, and a few other things. It is also available in black, but green color is our best choice.

Buy Now £95.00, Ted Baker

Burberry Jett Star checkered cotton blend backpack

Burberry’s iconic pattern shouldn’t just be reserved for trench coats, as this cotton blend backpack proves. Combining branded graphics with a new season update, this backpack is big enough to fit a laptop and lots of other stuff at the same time.

A bit of a cult bestseller, this Burberry backpack is definitely not subtle. Its bright tartan color is one you’ll see from a mile away. Don’t worry if your friends can’t find you at the station.

Buy Now £990.00 Selfridges

Valentino Superman backpack

Valentino’s Superman backpack is a jack of all trades. Made from grained faux leather, it’s sleek and modern and perfect for everyday travel. Looking a little like Mary Poppins’ modern bag, you’re going to squeeze a lot more than you bargained for into this backpack, whether it’s an umbrella, your lunch, a tablet, or all of the above. Be prepared to accidentally become that friend who always has necessities on hand.

A great choice for anyone looking for a new designer backpack that strays from the top brand, you’ll see a subtle Valentino logo in the center, but nothing too loud.

Buy Now £129.00, Daniel Footwear

Matt & Nat Bremen vegan backpack

Matt & Nat is one of the champions of the vegan bag game and the brand’s Bremen backpack is right up there with the best. This stylish, perfect-sized backpack is roomy enough to comfortably hold a 15-inch laptop as well as all your other daily essentials.

Traveling some more? Also doubles as a glossy carry-on bag for weekend trips. Like all Matt & Nat bags, the Bremen backpack is completely vegan, made entirely from recycled water bottles. Inside, you’ll find a padded sleeve with a tab closure, a zipped pocket, smartphone pocket, two pen compartments and a patch pocket.

Buy Now £155.00, Matt & Nat

Kenzo Classic Tiger backpack with embroidered logo

Kenzo’s high mark never fails to impress and the Classic Tiger logo embroidered backpack is one with an equally high spirit. The large size of this backpack means you’ll easily fit a pair of clothes in here along with any other weekend essentials.

With its black or navy blue background and contrasting Tiger Head motif, it’s not for the faint of heart, but it definitely promises to add a dash of personality to the rest of your look.

Buy now £1,900.00, Farfetch

Givenchy embroidered shell backpack

The Givenchy embroidered shell backpack combines traditional streetwear with a dash of French charm. This vibrant bag comes with subtle attention to detail like silver-tone hardware and the brand’s moniker emblazoned across the top for good measure.

Ideal for adding a splash of color without going overboard, this roomy backpack is designed for everyday use with a few extra compartments scattered throughout.

Buy Now £815.00, Selfridges

Whistles Verity leather backpack

No matter what you wear with your Verity Leather Backpack, this Whistle’s number ensures it remains the star of the show with its shiny silver design. Its all-leather body is soft and flexible, making for a bag that’s stylish enough to survive seasonal trends and good enough to keep company for years to come.

With a large main compartment and a smaller front compartment, it keeps things simple for organization purposes. It’s also a lot of fun, whether you take it to a daytime festival or a weekend shopping trip. Not so much a silver person, but love design? It also comes in black.

Buy Now £295.00, Selfridges

Homme Plisse Issey Miyake Pleated fabric backpack

Issey Miyake’s pleated backpack is a little different than usual, with an eye-catching design and a muted color scheme that’s unlike anything else in the backpacking world. Its unique fabric means you’ll fit much more than you expected inside this backpack thanks to its supple shape.

With a drawstring closure and a main compartment, it’s a great day bag to take on shopping trips or other casual occasions. It’s also available in jet black if you’d rather boost the muted theme a bit.

Buy Now £495.00, Selfridges

Radley Sketch Street Medium Ziptop Backpack

The ever-classic Radley has a range of shiny backpacks and the Sketch Street Medium Ziptop backpack pays homage to the brand’s original iconic design. In an off-white color with black and red accents, this stylish backpack is discreet enough to take to work, yet comes with enough personality to stand out in the tube.

Its square design and structured shape make it a great choice for carrying a tablet or other belongings that might not survive the trip in a nylon or cotton bag. It’s a fan-favorite design that’s also a little quirky.

Buy Now £109.00, Radley


It’s hard to go wrong with a basic black backpack and the Ralph Lauren drawstring leather backpack is our favorite. Its high-quality material, roomy design and sleek silhouette make this backpack great for all occasions.

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