Welcome back Stags! A new semester means a ton of new fashion tips, pointers on what’s hot and what’s not and even some new stylish Stags to shout out! However, I want to dedicate my first piece to a product that I recently had a difficult time picking: a new bag to bring to class.

So what is the perfect bag to bring to class? Some people stick to a traditional backpack, others a stylish tote and some people opt for a chic small backpack that can hold pretty much any cosmetic product, but is not so efficient for holding books. I am not here to tell you that backpacks are better than totes or vice versa, but I am here to tell you that whatever your style is, there are endless options and possibilities if you know where to look. Here are some favorites I found while searching for my perfect school bag!

The Heritage from Herschel Supply Co. is perfect if you are a backpack kind of girl, and good news for our male readers, they are also an awesome unisex option. What I love about the Heritage is that it is so simple, but that is what makes it so stylish. First off, I know that in middle school it was a contest of who can have the most compartments and pockets in their backpack, but as college students we have mostly outgrown that phase, so the Heritage design is extremely sleek while still offering a large amount of space to fit books, computers and all of the essentials. (Get it for $60 at Zappos.com)

The Street Level Tote Bag is the bag I have used my last two years at Fairfield. This bag was amazing and I never had trouble fitting everything and anything I needed. This tote comes in a wide variety of colors, including your typical black and brown, but also silver, nude or blush if you really want to mix it up. The bag is classic, simple, faux leather and has a convenient mini pouch inside for some small items you do not want loose in your bag. As a test subject for this bag for the last two years, I can definitely give it two thumbs up and, if you act quick, the bag is on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $37! (Otherwise, Get it for $50 at Nordstrom.com)

Calpak Luggage Kaya Round Backpack is for all of my tiny backpack lovers. This backpack is a small pop of color and sometimes that is exactly what you need to complete an outfit. The signature feature of this terracotta colored product is the whipstitching detail on the front of the backpack, which is clean and chic. If it were more practical for holding books, this would most definitely be my school year bag of choice. (Get it for $50 at Nordstrom Rack)

The Steve Madden Casey Tote Bag won my heart while I was looking for a tote. The bag has dual top handles, a magnetic top closure and, my favorite thing about the bag, a small fringe charm on the outside. I think adding that little something extra makes it stylish while still keeping it a solid sophisticated tote. The bag comes in four colors: black, brown, blush and grey and, while I opted for the black, all of the colors work really well with any style. Lastly, I love this bag because I love Steve Madden – their products are extremely well made, and I trust that anything they sell me will be durable and long lasting. (Get it on sale for $40 at Nordstrom Rack)

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