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Would You Ditch Your Tote and Bring Back the Backpack?

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Large totes are great for carrying a laptop, wallet, and makeup, but they get easily overloaded and neck-aches ensue. We think it might be time to rediscover our childhood BFF - the backpack. Stop leaning to one side all the time -- there are cool backpacks out there.

Would you ditch your tote and try one?

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This bright pink Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Backpack ($158) is super lightweight and has top straps too, in case you feel the need to return to the tote trend.

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Free People's Russel backpack ($128) has dark brown leather buckles to give it a rustic and vintage look. And there's shoulder straps, so you can transform it from a backpack to a messenger bag.

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You can never go wrong with a basic backpack, like this Juicy Couture Pendleton Backpack ($248). The wool-blend material and plaid pattern are so in style for this upcoming fall, and will great with a pair of your best fitting jeans.

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The Deux Lux Mixed Media Corduroy Backpack ($68) takes a funky spin on the standard black backpack with the combination of materials and metals. There's even a zip pocket on the back. We think this one is even worthy of pairing with your favorite black dress.

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Lucky Brand's 'Swingin Solo' Backpack ($99) will hold everything you need to carry. With the extra front compartments, you'll be able to find lipstick and train tickets without taking anything out.

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