08/28/2012 10:42 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

The Best Backpacks For Fall 2012...Even If You're Not Headed Back To School (PHOTOS)

Fall is right around the corner -- and for many of us, that means it's time for back-to-school shopping. Gone are the days of the Trapper Keeper, but students still need pens, notebooks, and of course, the all-important backpack. My faithful JanSport bag was a staple of my college wardrobe; a navy canvas beauty that went well with my wide-leg raver jeans and baby tees. But even though school is in my distant past, I'm still on the search for a great backpack.

For one thing, I'm constantly on my bike, and I don't have spare hands for toting around a handbag. I also find a backpack much more comfortable (and chiropractor-approved), especially since I'm often carrying my laptop around. But most importantly (to me, at least) is the latest generation of packs is really cute -- we've seen versions in leather, suede and even geometric blanket prints. One important note: Although we love a backpack, we are not condoning teddy-bear backpacks (or any stuffed animal, for that matter), unless you're under ten years old.

Here, 11 adorable backpacks for fall. Your lower back will thank you.

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