With everything we have to shove in our backpacks these days -- notebooks, laptops, college applications -- there is still no need to leave style behind on the school bus.
Gone are the boring shapes, sizes and colors -- replaced by metallic hues, graphic patterns and streamlined silhouettes. And students are selecting totes, satchels and messengers instead of the usual backpacks.
"Messenger bags have become a must-have item for the hippest students -- they're a functional and fashionable alternative to the traditional two-strap book bag," says Mark Dwight, chief executive of Timbuk2, the leading manufacturer of bicycle messenger bags.
Opt for a separate lunch tote, though, so you don't end up with peanut butter on your term paper.
-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond