9 stylish gym bags that you’ll actually want to been seen with

With a slew of new—and super pretty—backpacks, totes, and duffels for fall, it's time to carry a gym bag that'll do justice to the rest of your stylish self.
Fall Gym Bags We get it. That old tote bag you’ve taken to the gym with you for years has served you well, and you don’t care if it gets banged and bruised when you sling it down next to the treadmill or shove it into a gym locker.

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

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Herschel Backpack Gym Bag The Boot Camp Barbie’s Backpack

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.

$100, www.amazon.com


Leather Gym BagThe Eco-Chic Vegan’s Yoga Tote

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.)

$68, www.freepeople.com


Stella McCartney Gym Bag The Fashionista’s Spinning Duffel

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.

$150, www.net-a-porter.com


Marc Jacobs Gym Bag The Barre Beauty’s Backpack

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.

$198, www.shopbop.com


Athleta Gym Bag The Commuter Yogi’s Best Friend

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.

$79, www.athleta.com


The Minimalist Gym Rat’s Go-ToBaggu Gym Bag

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.

$72, stevenallan.com


The Boho-Chic Yogi’s Carry-AllStela 9 Gym Bag

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.

$84, www.shopbop.com


Anthropologie Gym Bag The Quirky Professional’s Everyday Tote

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?”

$98, www.anthropologie.com


clarevivier_besace_bag The Well-Traveled Woman’s Gym Bag

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.

$476, www.clareviver.com


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