10/07/2011 11:05 am ET | Updated Dec 07, 2011

Dakota Fanning Heads To The Gym With Giant Chanel Bag (PHOTOS)

Dakota Fanning, a newly-minted NYU freshman, has been adjusting to college life as well as any celebrity can.

She goes to class, hits the local gym and buys groceries... while refusing to wear sweatpants, sitting front row at fashion shows and donning the kind of oversized sunglasses required for such celebrity outings.

Seen in pics taken by Bauer-Griffin, Dakota struck the same balance when she stepped out to the gym yesterday in downtown New York.

The 17-year-old star wore her sneakers, black workout pants and a tough leather jacket. She toted, of course, a giant black Chanel bag.

We're a bit surprised the bag was not by Marc Jacobs, Fanning's patron fashion brand. But we're not at all surprised that she was doing the classic water-and-cell phone carry, a la Ashley Olsen. What good are luxury bags if you actually put things in them?

Dakota Fanning Chanel Bag