But with a slew of new—and super pretty—backpacks, totes, and duffel bags for fall, it’s time to graduate to a new level of gym bag, one that will actually do justice to the rest of your stylish workout look.
We found 9 stylish bags suited to stashing your workout gear, whether you need a roomy backpack or a more modestly sized barre tote. Click through the season’s chic carryalls now… —Jamie McKillop
Herschel Little America Backpack in Woodland Camo Rubber
Herschel has become a go-to brand for sophisticated yet functional backpacks. (And hey, isn’t your chiropractor always glad to see you using it?) We’re crushing on the new camo style from the fall collection that’s (almost too) perfect for a trip to Barry’s Bootcamp.
Free People Slouchy Vegan Tote in Black
Sure, you abstain from meat and only eat locally sourced, organic produce—but sometimes you still want the look and feel of a sophisticated leather tote. Behold this 100 percent vegan version. Make it your number one carry-all for low-equipment classes like Pilates or barre. (If you’re packing running shoes, opt for a bigger bag.)
Adidas by Stella McCartney Leopard Print Taffeta Bag
Animal prints are in this fall—and not just for street wear. This supple leopard-inspired gym duffel hits the trend spot(s) on. Also, style-caster Stella McCartney proves that taffeta is not just for cocktail dresses. The lightweight fabric won’t bog you down as you race from work to SoulCycle with your clip-ins stashed inside.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Knapsack in Black Multi
Those who can’t bear the idea of carrying an informal or school-boyish backpack may flip for this feminine and flirty one. It’s big enough to hold all of your barre essentials, and pretty enough to be seen with in and out of the office as your second bag. The nylon exterior also means that your leggings and barre socks won’t get wet should the unpredictable fall weather bring rain.
Athleta Spring Tote
Fitness fashion is Athleta’s forte. And it shows with this gym bag for which the company seems to have thought of everything: The all-seasons tote is water resistant, and it comes with a removable crossbody strap, a place to secure a yoga mat, a removable shoe bag, two-way zip compartments to separate clothes, and a hidden water bottle pocket. Seriously? What more could a fit girl ask for.
Baggu Canvas Weekend Bag
This seriously roomy weekender is a solid sling-it-over-your-arm choice for women (or men) who favor minimalism over frill—and who don’t like their gym bags to look like, well, gym bags. Because it’s built for a beach or spa weekend, it can hold loads of workout items that you’d normally have to tote in two bags—we’re talking sneakers, hoodie, water bottle, change of clothes, makeup bag, and whatever else you deem indispensable.
Stela 9 Santiago Patchwork Backpack
Imported from Guatemala, where it’s made by indigenous communities, this patchwork fabric backpack from Stela 9 combines the wanderlust-evoking vibe of a trip to Central America with the practicality of a city backpack. Pair it with black leggings and a breezy white top for an effortlessly earthy yoga ensemble.
Anthropologie Electric Arrow Tote
Anthropologie’s quirky yet refined pieces have a one-of-a-kind vibe, which can be nice in a city of ubertrends and “It” bags. This tote, made by print design brand Persifor, has exactly the right amount of “je ne sais quoi” in a gym bag, it’ll have the women in your Equinox class asking, “Hey, where did you get that?”
Clare Vivier Besace Bag
For the serious and chic gym-goer, this is exactly the type of bag you’ll want to carry with you for a lifetime of workouts. And since it’s constructed with supple Italian leather, it will endure repeated ill-treatment, like forcing it into a locker at Peak Performance or CrossFit. Fill it with Lucas Hugh or Michi separates for the most enviable fitness-fashion look imaginable.
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