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10 chic backpacks that can double as your gym bag


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With fall practically upon us, there are many things we can start to look forward to—pumpkin-spiced everything, warm stylish leggings, and back-to-school goods.

For those who no longer have school to look forward to (okay, maybe you’re happy to forget about those late-night cram sessions and endless essays), there’s one school supply that is back in style in a major way: the backpack.

Blame it on the modern woman’s need for several outfit changes in a day (and desire to not rock the “bag on each shoulder” look, but you can now spot double-strapped bags on the backs of some of the chicest women out there. And best of all? They can fit everything, from your work laptop to your dance cardio sneakers.

“Women today love the versatility and utilitarian functionality of the backpack—which is perfect for their dynamic, on-the-go lifestyles,” explains Jennifer Sunwoo, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of women’s merchandise at Barneys, whose shelves are lined this fall with ultra-stylish, ultra-spacious ultra-designer options.

In other words, although gym bags today are adorable, why carry two bags when you can just have one?

The current best-seller at Barneys is a calfskin leather backpack from The Row—which comes in at a cool $4,000, NBD—but there are plenty of head-turning options at all price points.

Scroll down to see 10 super-sophisticated, gym back replacement-ready fall backpacks.

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The Row Drawstring Backpack, $1,850

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Asos Mesh Dogclip Backpack, $40.31

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Y-3 Qasa Backpack, $340

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Anya Hindmarch Diamond-Print Backpack, $899

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Caraa The Dance Bag, $295

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Moschino Floral Backpack, $695.00

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Tory Sport Neoprene Bucket Backpack, $395

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Kara Backpack, $525

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Cynthia Rowley Brody Backpack, $118

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Michael Kors Rhea Large Leather Backpack, $358

And FYI on fall fashion: These activewear picks are about to everywhere. Once you’re suited up, try this week of Emily Skye workouts, created for Well+Good by the star trainer.