7 mini backpacks cute enough to ditch handbags for good

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It goes without saying that handbags are a staple. Throughout your Hot Girl Summer though, you might want to trade in your purse collection for some mini backpacks to be more hands-free. You’ll be glad you had your belongings strapped to your back on those really late nights.

Mini backpacks are slowly becoming the norm again — because, of course, the ’90s did it first. However, this is one trend that’s both useful and stylish at the same time. Though you may be finished lugging your high school backpack around, you can find mini backpacks that look more like purses. Peep this Leather Mini Backpack. It looks expensive, but it’s just a little over $20. Target offers this faux leather Soft Flap Mini Backpack that’s perfect to gift to a friend or family member.

On the other hand, if you do want something cute and casual, nab the FJÄLLRÄVEN Mini Kånken Water Resistant Backpack that you’ve probably seen everywhere. Even Everlane carries this simple yet chic Mini Backpack to take with you to work.

Needless to say, mini backpacks are making a comeback, so start with these picks to make travel a bit lighter.

1. Everlane Women’s Mini Backpack, $48

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This mini backpack from Everlane is designed to get you through the workweek. It’s got enough space for a water bottle (there’s even a holder inside the bag). Plus, there’s an added front zipper for easy access, and it’s sustainably made from recycled materials.

2. Universal Thread Soft Flap Mini Backpack, $28

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If you’re someone who loves neutral handbags, then look no further than this $28 Target pick. The bag is rated with 4.2 stars from shoppers, with one customer commenting that they “stuffed it to the max, and it held up well.”

3. Adidas Air-Mesh Mini Backpack, $35

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Sporty people, this bag was made for you. For runners and athletes on the move, Adidas brings you this adjustable mini backpack that you can either wear across your chest or as a standard backpack. You can also shop it in three other neutral colors.

4. FJÄLLRÄVEN Mini Kånken Water Resistant Backpack, $70

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If you haven’t run into this bag on the street, meet the FJÄLLRÄVEN Mini Kånken Water Resistant Backpack. When you’re roughing it (or if you know that you spill things), this bag will be the one to pull every time.

5. JanSport Half Pint Mini Backpack, $25.50 (Orig. $34)

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You may think of grade school, but you can’t deny JanSport still holds up to this day. The brand now has a mini version of the schoolbag you used to rock, and it comes with a wide front pocket for your accessible items.

6. Leather Backpack Mini, $21.99

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Nope, this isn’t a designer bag, but that’s how cute these mini backpacks really are. You don’t have to spend more than $22 to get the high-end look. Not to mention, there are 11 different colors for everyone.

7. Kendal + Kylie for Walmart Neon Mix Mini Backpack, $24 (Orig. $34.99)

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Maybe your gadgets are your fashion statement. This Kendall + Kylie see-through bag is a clear nod to the 2000s, and if you’re living your best Y2K life, this may be perfect for your aesthetic.

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