Summer may still be in full swing right now, but with just a few more weeks until you're back in the classroom, it's time to start thinking about trading in your bikinis and boardshorts for backpacks and books.

This year, we got a head start on back-to-school shopping for girls and guys, and scouted out some of the season's best trends. This year, we're digging chic leather totes, a backpack designed with doodles in mind, and sporty messenger bags. The best part? Every pick is under $50, leaving room in your back-to-school budget for those other fall essentials you've been eyeing. Click through the slideshow below for our top 15 styles for Fall 2012.

Which bag is your favorite? Do you like carrying a backpack, messenger or tote? Sound off in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!

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  • Volcom Copy Kat Workbag

    This adorable fish print messenger bag is too sweet to pass up! At 15 inches wide, it's more than roomy enough to tote all your essentials. <a href="http://www.zappos.com/volcom-copy-kat-workbag-rusty-red#prdInfo" target="_hplink">($49.50, Zappos)</a>

  • Roxy Only You Messenger Bag

    A black tote is a classic way to carry your books. It's simple enough to match every outfit you own and timeless enough to use for years. <a href="http://www.endless.com/dp/B0073QCFMU/178-3475075-2501668?ie=UTF8&creative=395033&suppressRedirect=1&linkCode=asn&tag=dealtend-22449-20&creativeASIN=B0073QCFMU&ref_=asc_df_B0073QCFMU2104903" target="_hplink">($49.50, Endless)</a>

  • Under Armor UA Rush Backpack

    The lime green accents on this backpack are sporty and cool -- perfect timing for the Olympics, right? <a href="http://www.zappos.com/under-armour-ua-rush-backpack-charcoal-concrete-fusion" target="_hplink">($34.99, Under Armor)</a>

  • Contrast Trim Canvas Backpack

    Earn an "A" for style with this cute but casual canvas backpack. <a href="http://www.wetseal.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=58014&utm_source=gan&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=k108283" target="_hplink">($39.50, Wet Seal)</a>

  • Kelly & Katie Meader Ostrich Tote

    Go sleek and sophisticated with a faux ostrich tote. It may <em>look </em>luxe, but it's far from a splurge! <a href="http://www.dsw.com/handbag/kelly+.and.+katie+meader+ostrich+tote?prodId=247600&cm_mmc=affil-_-ShopStyle.com-_-main-_-main" target="_hplink">($39.95, DSW)</a>

  • Converse To Go Messenger Bag

    Rep Jack Purcell's favorite brand with this messenger bag. The padded shoulder strap and snap-lock clasps make this bag an easy pick. <a href="http://www.zappos.com/converse-to-go-messenger-castle-rock#prdInfo" target="_hplink">($49.99, Zappos)</a>

  • Teen Vogue Backpack, Agyness Mini

    Channel supermodel Agyness Deyn with this fun floral lace backpack, designed by <em>Teen Vogue</em>. <a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/teen-vogue-backpack-agyness-mini?ID=715307&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-2-_-20-_-MP220&LinkshareID=J84DHJLQkR4-aTy3J8lHNoaKsZBkkhVmPQ" target="_hplink">($48, Macy's)</a>

  • AEO Striped Backpack

    Let the style ship sail! This nautical-themed backpack features a combination of zippers, flap pockets, and drawstrings to keep your books safe and secure. <a href="http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?catId=cat90052&productId=0427_8520&cid=AEO_AFF_k108283" target="_hplink">($34.50, American Eagle Outfitters)</a>

  • The North Face Vault Pack

    There's a reason The North Face is so popular: Sturdy, sizable, and comfortable, this backpack has you covered. <a href="http://www.rei.com/product/831454/the-north-face-vault-pack" target="_hplink">($50.00, REI)</a>

  • Jansport White Superbreak Backpack

    The white canvas makes the ideal backdrop for your friends to sign in colorful Sharpies. Pass it around for autographs on the first day of school and carry around the fun memories for the rest of the year! <a href="http://store.delias.com/item.do?itemID=59823&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-JNr53K8jAQTyMAH8re1j0Q&crID=59823&crPUB=J84DHJLQkR4&crTYPE=2" target="_hplink">($47.50, Delia's)</a>

  • Red by Marc Ecko Slam Dunk Bow Tote

    Think pink! This chic tote wraps up your books and binders in a bright bow. <a href="http://www.dsw.com/handbag/red+by+marc+ecko+slam+dunk+bow+tote?prodId=255597&cm_mmc=affil-_-ShopStyle.com-_-main-_-main" target="_hplink">($49.95, DSW)</a>

  • Vans Old Skool II Backpack

    Kick it old school with this retro Vans backpack. With eight colors and patterns, it's tough to pick your favorite. <a href="http://www.zappos.com/vans-old-skool-ii-backpack-heather-grey-herringbone-drop-v-logo" target="_hplink">($35.00, Zappos)</a>

  • Deena & Ozzy Acid Wash Patch Backpack

    Denim is hot for fall. Take an '80s-inspired twist with this acid wash backpack. <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23923865&cm_mmc=Performics-_-Affiliates-_-ShopStyle.com-_-Primary&clickid=0004c5c0957560930ae08917cd570c90" target="_hplink">($42.00, Urban Outfitters)</a>

  • Aldo KOSACK

    This cognac embroidered messenger bag has a touch of '70s boho flair, which makes it right on trend for fall. <a href="http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/handbags/shoulder-bags-totes/product/89534147-kosack/28" target="_hplink">($45, Aldo)</a>

  • Element Protest Backpack

    Skaters, listen up. This camo print backpack has two straps to lock your board to your bag. <a href="http://www.zappos.com/element-protest-backpack-olive#prdInfo" target="_hplink">($39.99, Zappos)</a>