July
28
2009
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 

Canvas computer bag, $250, by Filson

Hunter's tote, from $25, at L.L. Bean

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Question
I'm transferring to a more stylish college, and I'm looking for a bag that I'll use mostly for class, but also for an internship. It should be quality, but not too business-y. Something that would work with a pair of jeans and corduroy blazer or a peacoat.
- Mike, Philadelphia, PA
 
Answer

Did you pick the university based on its students' attire? Is there a rating system for that? In any case, we like your thinking. And you've got a few options depending on how many books you'll be schlepping around and how much room you need. The camo tote from Bean has become a modern classic, but if you've got a lot of cross-campus commutes with a laptop in tow, you may want something you can sling over the shoulder. And in the world of tote vs. backpack, Fjallraven's Swedish take on a classic bookbag is best considered undeclared.

Fjallraven backpack, $100, at Opening Ceremony and Context

Alfie day bag, $265, by Property Of

 

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