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Back-to-school style: the best backpacks and handbags to buy right now

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Moya Crockett

Much of the UK might be experiencing a last-minute heatwave, but don’t be fooled. The final August bank holiday is almost upon us, and you know what that means: autumn is coming.

But if the thought of putting away the tanning oil and vest tops for another year is enough to make you experience a minor existential crisis, don’t be downhearted. Early autumn is great! Cold weather won’t properly set in for a while yet, we can start wearing jumpers and ankle boots again, and – best of all – there’s that exciting, start-of-term nip in the air.

We might not be at school anymore, but there’s something about that clean-slate September feeling that still makes us feel like we need to dash out to the shops and stock up on new stationary, smart shoes, and a sturdy bag that can withstand carrying all our junk for the year ahead.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best back-to-school bags currently in the shops – from high street to high end. Happy shopping.


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Moya Crockett

Moya is Women's Editor at, where she is currently overseeing the Visible Women campaign. Carrying a tiny bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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